(Inspired by Shirley Ujest’s thread on “how do these guys stay in business?”)
There used to be a business around the corner from my house past which I would walk the dog every day. It had been a house, but was now clearly some kind of business, though it had no sign or any other identification on the outside beyond the street number. Looking into the window, I could see a very well appointed anteroom, clearly a checking-in room of some kind, with a reception desk and all.
Here’s the really weird part: The only cars I ever saw there were limousines. Sleek, black limousines. And they’d only be there during the afternoon. (Limousines are a pretty rare sight in Memphis, especially in that area of Memphis: Cooper-Young, in case anyone knows Memphis.)
It’s a high-priced psychiatrist or medical specialist. Seems unlikely because who takes a limo to the shrink?
It’s an exclusive, high-priced whorehouse. Now the limos make sense, but in the afternoon? (I never saw any cars there at night at all.)
It’s a bunch of drug runners or mafiosi or something. Getting warm, although, again, the presence of limousines was *extremely[/] out of place in this area, and I would think such people would not want to attract attention.
Cooking school (limos could be for visiting professors)? Can’t be; if it were any kind of “legitimate” business, it would have had a sign. Most businesses welcome walk-in customers, right?
Anyway, here’s what we’ve got:
- Place doesn’t want to be identified (no sign);
- Wealthy, perhaps nouveau-riche clientele (limousines);
- Strange hours (where does one go in a limo in the daytime?).
This has been bugging me for years! Any help?