House-sitting requires a degree of honesty, responsibility

Last summer (August 2, 2007) this column pointed out what a drag it is helping people move. It was a subtle message to whoever was reading: Stop asking me to haul your crap all the time. It worked. No one has.

House-sitting, on the other hand, is a favor Iím always up for. Talk about a sweet gig. Itís basically a controlled pillage.

For starters, itís guaranteed the pad youíll look after is way nicer than the ones youíre used to living in (people donít hire house-sitters to make sure nothing happens to their dump while theyíre away). Itís like a mini-vacation that you get paid for!

Second, the job requires no skill. Basically Ė other than familiarizing yourself with the couch, the refrigerator and the Hi-Def channels for the flat screen Ė all you have to do is recline.

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