OK, what is up with people giving drop-in guests casual tours of their homes? Is this a new thing? Or maybe it's an old thing and I've just never heard of it.
Recently I've been at a couple of different places, where the homeowner has offered to give me a quick tour of the house. And while I'm as curious as the next guy, I'm not really sure how I feel about that. Probably because I'm VERY sure how I feel about it at my own house.
The latest tour was when I went over to someone's house to pick up some paperwork, and after we took care of our business, the guy told me that he was having his master bathroom redone, and would I like to come and see the tile. That sounds creepy when I write it here, but it was a friend/business guy and it was in a completely non creepy way, I promise.
So I went upstairs to see his new tile, and on the way up, he said "I'm not really sure what kind of shape the house is in. Just don't pay attention to the stuff that's out." And really, I'm good with that. I mean, I do notice the difference between filth, daily clutter, and show-home-clean, but that's about it. But it's such a "guy" thing to say, isn't it? It totally cracked me up. Can you imagine a woman saying that, and actually expecting it to happen? For that matter, can you imagine a woman taking you on a tour of her house in the first place? Because most women I know would rather eat rocks for a month than take you through every room in their home.
He started opening doors and showing me his kid's bedrooms, the den, the playroom, the master, etc.. It was pretty much a daily clutter sort of deal, which is what you'd find here if I suddenly went completely insane and took you on a tour of my house today.
Anyway... nice tile, chat, chat, kthxbye. (as Lauren would say.)
The next day he called --- and I can only assume that he must have mentioned his little tour to his wife, who apparently feels the same way I do about unannounced tours.
Because judging by the rate at which he was explaining that his house was super show-home clean just a couple of hours after I left, and would I like to come back sometime and see it in a better condition? plus the level of my heart rate while I'm sitting here just thinking about The Brain giving someone a full tour of the house ... he was in big trouble. BIG Trouble.
Or he just suddenly cared.
What? It could happen.