As part of my continuing quest to crack the code of the hidden messages cloaked in handmade signs around the city, I grabbed this hasty camera phone shot of a sign claiming to need an “apprentice.” I’m not exactly sure why the word “apprentice” is in quotes, as the word itself does not need that type of special treatment. UNLESS the real estate investor is looking for something more than a simple apprentice. Maybe s/he is looking for an “apprentice.” We all know what those foreboding quotes mean: Lots of coffee runs, dry cleaning pickup, possible impromptu desk sex, and becoming the scapegoat for anything that goes wrong.
“I really wanted to get that check over to you as a sign of good faith on that mini-mall, but my damn “apprentice” dropped the ball. I promise to “punish” her (on my desk, after we split the bottle of congratulatory merlot I’ve been saving from that beachfront deal).”
Of course, the other option is that the sign is a signal for those in the know. “Apprentice” in quotes means something significant to a few people out there and truthfully, only they would be savvy enough to call a secret number publicly displayed on a handmade yellow sign. Nobody can possibly be foolish enough to think that an actual real estate investor worth his/her salt would be advertising in basically the same way that people advertise yard sales, can they? I think not. Sommething deeper is afoot. Don’t you think?
Fine, maybe I’m making more of this than it is. Maybe some real estate investor just needs an apprentice. Unlikely, I say. The quotes are “sketchy.”