Hi there, Mrs. 1500 today. We are detouring from our family-oriented blog for this story, so please take the little ones out of the room before you continue.
A few years ago, Budgets are Sexy featured a guest post by T. Thema Martin from Savionaire, who wrote about a side hustle as a Phone Sex Operator. J. Money noted that “…This may or may not be my all-time fave hustle yet 😉…” Well J., we have another side hustle to throw into the sordid mix. Our neighbors’ approach is a little more “in-depth,” a little more “hands-on.” Their hustle is probably more “hard-core” than most. (Forgive my Junior High humor.)
Our street is not normal
Our little street is a fascinating place to live. We have told you about the Secret Millionaires on our Street, and the Crapcycles across the road. We recently discovered that the people who live all the way at the end of the block have quite the side hustle.
We had already known that this particular house hosts a huge party about once a month. There are cars parked up and down the street for these bashes. The house has an indoor pool, and the neighbors have jokingly suggested that they are having orgies. In fact, when we talk about it, we refer to it as the “orgy house.” (We also refer to the house where our neighbor passed away inside as “Dead Harold’s house.” New owners, still Dead Harold’s house.)
Rumors are confirmed
So one day last month, a neighbor was chatting with her husband, who asked, “Has anyone ever Googled that house?” She grabbed her computer, typed in their address and lo and behold, the rumors and speculation are all true.
They have their house listed on several swinger sites, and even have their own personal website, where they advertise the next party’s theme, and report on how many people popped up (I can’t help myself) at the last soiree.
Parties cost $40 per couple and $40 for a single guy, but hey ladies – single women are FREE!!! They average 40-60 people per party, with year-end holiday-themed parties closer to 90 attendees. I wonder what happens under the mistletoe? Wait, scratch that thought.
The first thing I thought when our suspicions were confirmed was a compliment I had given to the guy who lives there. Over the summer, I saw him backing his boat into his driveway (no double entendre here!). It was a really long boat and he got it in with just one try (stop it, I’m killing myself). I hoped he didn’t think I was flirting with him, or wanted an invitation to a party.
Next, I wasn’t really sure how I felt about it. I try to have an open mind, but it sure isn’t THAT open. The parties start pretty late, like 8:00, so the children in the neighborhood are fast asleep by the time things get into full swing. (HA!) But these people live at the dead-end of the street. Their “guests” have to drive past my house. It’s just weird.
On the other hand, there is only one party per month, so how bad is it, really? We have never had a problem with any of the guests – at least not that I know of. An in-depth probe (somebody stop me!) of their web site suggests that if you need a lot of alcohol to attend a party, it really isn’t for you. So I am not overly concerned about drunk drivers on my street because of the parties. Again, it’s just weird.
Other than this, they are good neighbors**. They are quiet and keep to themselves – except when they are sharing it all with others! (this is really too easy…)
And what about the financials?
Finally, take a minute to consider the money these parties bring in. For the Big Christmas Ball (there I go again), there were 91 attendees. If we assume that half the people were paying, they made close to $2,000 in 6 hours. The only expenses are condoms (they provide them!) and (hopefully) a big load of chlorine for the pool the next day. After that, it’s all sweet profit. $2,000 isn’t a bad haul for one night of, well never mind.
Finally, I am NEVER trick or treating there again! Whole new meaning to “trick” here.
*Notice how the rich dinosaur is having its way with the poor one? This is the way of the world.
**Mr. 1500 note: These people are great neighbors. I noticed that one day when a neighbor got her car stuck, the guy who lives in this house used his truck to pull her out. They also have a long driveway on which they recently built a little sled hill. They invited the whole neighborhood to use it. I say, live and let live.
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