One of the aforementioned emails. Just thought I'd share:
That's great. I had an amazing fourth of July. So what have you been doing in LA? I am sorry to inform you but the room is no longer available. You seem like a great guy, but I had another taker. I hope everything works out and you find a place to live. In the meantime I would love to exchange emails to see how you are doing. I will keep my ears and eyes out for a place for you.
You might want to tell people you are gay
Thanks for the consideration, John. I trust that my sexual orientation has nothing to do with the room already being taken.
Thanks for the tip, though. I'll definitely pretend to be gay from now on.