My Funniest Story?
Yes, it’s funny NOW! But if my memory serves me, it wasn’t so darned funny as it was playing out.
Murphy North Carolina, where we lived at the time, is a quaint small town with a “historical downtown district” full of centuries old buildings. It’s the kind of Mayberry type downtown in which people like to stroll the streets window shopping. Back when we owned our own office, it was situated in a prime location just off the square with huge picture windows. Needless to say we posted all our listings in the windows and captured lots of “lookers” who quickly became buyers. We even trained our agents on how to approach the window shoppers and convert them!
But, back to the story! Early one evening when all the agents had gone home and Bill and I were at the office. A lovely couple stopped at the windows to browse. We both went out and started a conversation with them and, before long, Bill hopped into their car (they had two small dogs) to go and look at a couple of homes. About an hour later they reappeared having found the home of their dreams -- the problem was, it wasn’t listed but appeared very vacant. A little research and I found the owner in Florida and we placed a call. Yes, she wanted to sell and was even thinking about listing. Right there on the phone the buyers made her an offer and she accepted. We wrote up the contract, faxed it down to her (don’t laugh, this WAS about 10 years ago) she signed it and faxed it back.
Ok, so far nothing remarkable right!! This is where it gets funny. The buyers are so excited they want to take ME back to see the house. So this time we all jump in their car. After showing it to me and making all kinds of plans, they took us to dinner. So far, so good. Keep reading.
After dinner, Bill and I get in the car and drive home. It’s late and I’m tired so I start to get undressed and, voila, that’s when it happens - my backside and legs start to itch and welts start appearing. As a few minutes pass, it just keeps getting worse. I’m talking LOTS of SPOTS!!! Suddenly it hit me - they were CHIGGERS!!!! The buyers dogs had been playing in the woods while they were falling in love with their new home and then rode back to the office in the same seat that I later sat in. Chiggers are notorious for hanging out quietly until disturbed - like when one gets undressed!!
There were hundreds of bites and,if you know anything about these little pests, you’ll know it can take up to a week (or, in my case, longer) for the itching to subside. At times it was almost unbearable and everywhere I went I had to refrain from scratching my bottom!! I researched how to get rid of them and, unfortunately, there aren’t many good cures. All our friends recommended nail polish so I thought we’d give it a try. Imagine poor Bill with a bottle of pink nail polish (it’s all I wear) painting hundreds of little spots “you know where”. Even worse, imagine ME with all those pink spots!!
The good news - the property closed and the clients became wonderful friends!