Single Mom takes in roomate, the "new" America? http://news.yahoo.com/in-a-tough-economy--saving-money-with-roommates.html I like the fact that she is maximizing what she can do, to me this is something Americans tend to be singularly poor at doing. This is somewhat due to approach that emphasizes isolation instead of cooperation. Thing with roomates is there has to be clear, bright lines concerning responsibilities and rights. That saves a lot of trouble and strife.