Monday, May 23, 2011
The only thing worse than stuff...
Posted by Deb
...is fake stuff.
Yes, you heard me right. I took a couple contract cleaning jobs for a local real estate company cleaning vacant houses that are on the market, something they do every few months or so, and the house I cleaned today was what they call a staged house. The homeowner who has moved hires a staging company to come into their empty house and place rented furniture, paintings, pillows, potted plants (the fake kind), table settings, towels, and props. Fake stuff. Like fake laptops, fake flatscreen TVs, fake fruit, even fake brie... well you get the picture. And regardless of the fact that the prop company slaps a fancy "TurboProps" logo on the stuff, it's still fake. So after hiring the design company, renting the furniture, hiring a real estate agent to market said house, they also have to hire someone like me to come clean their fake stuff every few months that the house doesn't sell. I was in the middle of the work today when I happened to notice the logo on one of the fake props - "TurboProps - Functional Display Art". The absurdity of it all hit me so hard that I nearly fell down laughing. I realize then that the thing I like most about our choice of the cruising life is the authenticity of it. It's pertinent. It's now. It involves very little that is not necessary. It's real. And thank the good Lord in heaven, the only turbo props will be on the power boats that I will studiously try to avoid.