News Janitor Hits it BIG in Real Estate...Twice!
The Carrboro News janitor
started his career early in life. While attending the State University
of New York at New Paltz in the mid/late 70's he applied for a job
through a tuition assistance program. Looking forward to job with
a lot of status attached to it(like a lab assistant, chef's aid,
or medical assistant), he was a little disappointed when he was
offered the position as an assistant janitor.
But his disappointment
turned to elation when he realized that they gave him about twenty-five
minutes of work and 4 hours to do it. He developed a little method
where he would work for fifteen minutes and then park himself by
the elevator with his broom in one hand and book in the other. He
would read until he saw the little light on the elevator blink and
hear the whirr of the motor. This gave him plenty of time stick
the book in his bag and then begin sweeping the floor. If the supervisor
was coming to his floor, he was ready! If the supervisor got off
the elevator at a lower floor, he would go back to his position,
which he held until ten minutes before the end of his shift at which
time he would finish his work, clock out and go home.
"I couldn't believe
I was getting paid for this!", he told one of our reporters.
"Getting that paycheck as a janitor was just as amazing as
taking a film class- getting a grade and credit for watching movies-
if only I'd discovered those courses my freshman year".
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Upon completing his education
he went to work for The Carrboro News, with duties far easier to
fulfill than in his college days. He bought a trailer on an acre
of land in a little development full of other trailers and modular
homes. The road was unpaved. The trailer was nothing to write home
about, but the mirrors on the ceiling of the living room were a
great conversation piece. There was a crack dealer at the end of
the street and some of the trailers had junk cars parked in the
side lots while others had ten working cars parked in the driveway.
It was not the most desirable neighborhood, but he took great pride
in his land, building an office/studio, work shop and a little two
tiered pond system with fish.
After four years, he
decided to move into town so that his daughter wouldn't have to
walk 3 miles to school. He bought a house on James Street and started
his new life in town.
Occasionally, he went
back to the old homestead to see how it was doing and was surprised
to see that the road, which had once been dirt, was now paved. "That
will increase the land value!", he thought to himself(but told
But that was nothing,
compared to the next little nudge his little property was given.
Who would have though
that the last almost next Vice-President of the United States of
America would buy 100 acres 3 blocks down the road. Well, he did!
"When I first invested in the property six years ago, I didn't
really take into consideration that John Edwards, the Vice-Presidential
nominee would buy land around the corner from me. But at that time,
how could I have known, he was off fighting the tobacco companies
and other evil corporations. I suppose in hind sight and seeing
how he has taking to helping the poor, that it would only be natural
for him to build his estate in the middle of a trailer park. I'm
not sure but I think he does a lot of his research in my neighborhood".
This sign would motivate anyone to run for the Presidency....
and win! Let alone John Edwards driving past it everyday on
the way to work!
Another reason he may
have bought the roperty is that he is right across the street from
Monty Johnson, a strong Bush/Cheney supporter who makes his position
known through his multiple "Bush/Cheney 2004" bumper stickers
and banners posted throughout his 50 acres.
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belief that the Vice-Presidential Candidate chose this location
to motivate him for the next election. Every morning as he drives
out his driveway on the way to work the reminder of the failed(The
Carrboro News believes it wasn't failed and that they actually did
win Ohio, but the failed in that they didn't challenge the vote
count and instead conceded) bid for the Vice-Presidency.