When Roommates Were Random

08/29/2011 09:02 am ET | Updated Oct 29, 2011
  • DALTON CONLEY nytimes.com

EAGER to throw off my nerdy past and reinvent myself at college, I wrote "party animal" on my roommate application form where it asked incoming freshmen whether they wanted to bunk with a smoker or a non-smoker. When I told my mother about this later, she laughed and bought me a T-shirt that sported the image of Spuds MacKenzie, the 1980s Budweiser beer mascot, under the words "the original party animal."

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