Judge John Hodgman Episode 186: The Commune-ish Manifesto

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Jenny brings the case against her best friend Erin. Their families live together in a kind of modern commune, and they have trouble explaining it to outsiders. Erin says they should just pretend to be related. Jenny says they should be upfront and let people think what they will. Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

Thanks to Pat Healy for suggesting this week's amazing case name!

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EVIDENCE

Submitted by Jenny

Exhibit A: "TMNT" is from oldest child's last birthday party and is an example of the type of event we attend together and would require us to explain our living situation. This party happened when we were living across the street from each other in Wheeling, WV, just before we moved to New Jersey, so this was the first time we had to tell people our plan of moving together. It's one of the few pictures we have with everyone in it. From left: Erin's Husband, Erin, Elder Child, Jenny, Youngest Child, and Stretch.

Exhibit B: "Trunk or Treat" is our latest "family" event that was part of oldest child's school Halloween celebration (get it? We're "Minecraft"). Erin is the "room mom" and did the class party while I decorated the car in the school parking lot. If this doesn't prove that we are weird beyond definition, I don't know what does.

Comments

Is it not normal for people

Is it not normal for people in New Jersey to rent out their basement suite? That sounds kind of like what's going on here if you want to put it into paperwork

One caveat

I think it might actually be prudent to be a little wary. Some municipalities have all sorts of crazy regulations about unrelated adults living together, adding a second kitchen to a single-family house, etc. Mostly anything that allows poorer people to live in wealthier neighborhoods. Some old person with an axe to grind might make trouble for you.

Perfect answer to those

Perfect answer to those asking questions. "We were friends in college and are now family by choice"

So, you're..... roommates?

So, you're..... roommates?

The Source on Netflix

I *just* finished watching the documentary a couple days ago... total coincidence! I love a good cult, and I agree... there wasn't enough trainwreck in that documentary, nor in Jenny and Erin's story. :)

Momma and Goldenstar Pegasus

Very entertaining. They sound like they are enjoying life. Go girls!

re: can I live with You?

Sounds like the perfect cult, co-op without the weird religious stuff.

Beautiful people...

Listening to these two ladies talk about this week's case, I found myself...bemused at their outlandish, befuddling lifestyle choice to be happy. Whaaa?!

My husband and I agree that if you all were our neighbors, we'd be over the moon!