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“You mean someone like you,” I said.

“Exactly, just like...” David closed his laptop, reality confiscating his dimples.

“You know what I’m thinking?” I said.

David nodded. “Doesn’t exist,” he grumbled.

“Doesn’t exist,” I said.

When he was finished buffing the baseboards, washing the windows, scrubbing the stove, and power washing the patio, David took a break. “Looks great,” I said, handing him a cold soda. “Want to go on a picnic tomorrow?”

“Are you kidding me?” David squawked. “There is at least two more full days of cleaning to be done. I have to do the floors, both bathrooms, the inside of the windows upstairs...” His voice trailed off, and he shook his head. Then, under his breath, he muttered, “I am so alone.”

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ebrphoto Sept. 27, 2009 @ 5:36 p.m.

You're right - not only will finding the perfect word for a house cleaner be nearly impossible, finding a really good person will be harder! Don't get me started on our team. The only reason we didn't fire them last time they came was because they brought their 2 year-old and we are wimps and who could do that in front of a kid!? Anyway, we call them housekeepers, so at least that's settled for us!

David, good luck with all those chores. :)

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Russ Lewis Sept. 23, 2009 @ 1:53 p.m.

Never vacuum the floor. After four years, the dust never gets any worse.

                --Quentin Crisp
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