In all my years I never once thought that I would ever utter the words "I have been working part-time as a stripper." To clarify the aforementioned statement one should realize that by stripper I do not mean I have been baring my naked body while dancing on-stage to Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar On Me" and performing acrobatic stunts while attached to a stripper pole. I am referring to stripper in the form of the action verb for a job which entails removing the sheets and towels from resort- or hotel rooms in order to prepare the room for the housekeeper to clean. It is a good stripper--not a bad stripper.
Unlike the other type of stripping where you are paid to remove your clothes, I am paid to remove toiletries, linen and foods left in the refrigerator--most likely from Canadians as they seem to be the only tourists still visiting this town with money. I do not receive tips like the other kind of stripper either. The tips that were left in the rooms go to the housekeepers who following my stripping the room of the nasties and unmentionables that guests leave behind. I also get to restock the rooms with linens and towels to replace the ones that were used and change out toilet paper, paper towels, soaps, candles, dish washing tablets and other assorted niceties that one would expect in a fully furnished condominium unit that is rented weekly.
Luckily, I have not been stationed in the laundry room as I had expected. That is good because I do not fold symmetrically very well. In fact, I can't even draw a decently round circle (it usually looks more lopsided like almost an oval or a badly shaped cookie). Assigning me as a stripper was a much more logical approach. My initial feedback after my stint as a stripper on Fridays is that I am the best stripper they have ever trained. I asked questions that no one had ever asked before and it made the head stripper pleased as I could understand the logic of why things were performed in a particular manner and therefore wouldn't make mistakes like other strippers. I am still unsure of what mistakes others would make besides not being able to count. It is a rather basic process to determine if you need flat and fitted sheets for twin and queen beds and how many replacement towels would be needed to restock a room. There is even an inventory sheet that shows how many of each item are required to be in a room. (Example: A room requires 6 striped pool towels. I count the towels that are still folded in closet. There are 4 so I go to the supply van and retrieve 2 more towels to bring that number back to 6. See. Easy as pie.) I suppose the compliment was also related to the foresight that we were low on pillow cases so I restocked the supply vehicle without being asked. I was particularly pleased with the compliment about being the best stripper that had ever been trained. I was also told that I learn quickly. Yeah! :) That actually did make me feel happy inside. The best part is since the head of housekeeping is a friend of ours she told my husband what an excellent stripper I am! She also said this in front of others who may not have understood the context for which it was intended to be referenced and that made it all the better......
Being a stripper has also taught me that from now on whenever I stay at a hotel, I shall ALWAYS leave my towels and washrags in the bathtub so the housekeeper or stripper doesn't have to walk all over looking for them. I will remove the sheets and pillow cases from the beds and place those in a pile that is also easily accessible. Finally, I shall verify that all toilets are flushed and that I haven't left pubic hairs all over the rim of the toilet like I shaved standing over it. YUCK!!!! (I am very serious about that last sentence. There were 3 units where the toilet rim had more hair than a 20 year old man. Frickin' disgusting. Who would do that? What is wrong with them anyway and is genital hair loss really an actual reality or are these sickos actually shaving their junk over the toilet?)