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August 20th, 2011

Just when you thought you heard it all…



In an attempt to bring some levity to a week that has been filled with stock selloffs, announced mass layoffs, economic decline both here and abroad, I thought I’d share a story that will make you chuckle and think, “Wow, just when I thought I heard it all…”

I first saw this headline come across a daily email alert I receive from the National Association of Realtors:

An Unusual Request: Housing for a Dinosaur?

An unusual request indeed. Apparently a gentleman from Vancouver posted an ad on Craigslist offering his services (as a dinosaur) for a year, in exchange to live in British Columbia’s exclusive real estate (I’ve bolded the really strange portions):

Unconventional Offer for Adventurous Home Owner (Vancouver)

This offer is not for everyone. Those of you who have saved every penny for most of your life to afford a down payment and currently work around the clock to make mortgage payments, I commend you on your efforts, but this post is not for you.

Do you own more than one property? Do you have so many rental homes with no mortgage payments, yet you still feel unfulfilled? Tired of your illegal tenants whining that there are rats in the walls? Have you always wanted your own dinosaur? Now is your chance my friend.

In exchange for one of your properties, I will be your personal dinosaur for one year. I will be at your beck and call, 24 hours a day, wearing a dinosaur costume. The type of dinosaur is negotiable. I can babysit your children (references upon request), scare the mailman, wash dishes, entertain and impress your guests, and much more…I will make realistic dinosaur sounds, eat what the particular dinosaur eats and maybe even sit on a fake dinosaur egg, if you are so inclined. I am well educated, fluent in English and French (as well as dinosaur), can play several musical instruments and have no criminal record or outstanding warrants.

All this and more. This is the only way you will ever have your pet dinosaur, and the only way I will ever be able to acquire a house in Vancouver.

Serious offers only please.
Thank you.

Amidst all the doom and gloom pervading the economy these days, sometimes you just need to laugh.

Share your oddball housing stories with us–leave us comment below.

Have a great weekend.

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