Local couple, Ted and Susan Hawkes, lost all motivation to clean their house when their friends, the Mendels, from San Antonio had to cancel their LaCucaracha weekend plans due to an illness in the family.
The Hawkes had been putting off house cleaning for several weeks because of the impending visit. “We knew,” said Mrs. Hawkes, “that we’d have to clean right before the Mendels came so there really was no point cleaning the house before then. I mean, who wants to clean the house two or three times, right?”
The house needed cleaning at least four weeks before the big weekend with the Mendels, but the Hawkes were out of town on two of those weekends and had no plans for the other two, so they felt no urgent need to have a clean house.
“Yeah,” explained Mr. Hawkes, “it got to where you couldn’t go barefoot in the house without all manner of crap sticking to your feet. Every time I’d think about cleaning, like when I’d see the scum on the shower floor, for instance, I’d say to myself, ‘I’ll just clean it the day before the Mendels get here.’”