October 11, 2002

all brown, all around

As some of you gentle readers know, we have a house cleaner, Sandra, who comes every two weeks. Sandra is a former coworker of Erin who cleans houses on the side of her office job to earn more money. She is originally from El Salvador.

Sandra is trying to find more clients and called recently to say that she gave our name as a reference to a woman who is interested in her services. Here is what the woman asked:

"I'm calling you to learn more about Sandra, who I'm thinking of using as a house cleaner. Basically, I just want to know if she's timely, neat, tidy. Does she take care of the details? Is she healthy, pleasant, honest, those sort of things. . ."

Healthy? I hadn't actually asked. Next time, before I employ somebody to clean my house, I guess I should check their medical records in addition to the extensive fingerprinting we usually do. Also, I should check to make sure they are not brown. (Bonus points if you can identify the source of the blog title. . )

For Sandra's sake, I will call this woman back. But the temptation to say, "Actually, she's a tubercular, HIV-infected child molester wetback" will be difficult to resist.


Posted by Meredith at October 11, 2002 06:25 PM
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