Would you rent out your home for a commercial or civic purpose? That was the question I recently had to answer on two separate occasions. And while the answer may seem obvious to you, for me, it was a dilemma that was not easily decided. The first request to rent my house came from a location scout. Believe it or not, these people really do exist in Los Angeles, and one of them showed up on my doorstep on a cloudy afternoon. She explained that she needed to find a house that had an unobstructed front porch to shoot a promotional spot for a cable television channel. The shoot would take less than a day, and I'd be paid $1,500. I have to admit I was tempted. Make that very tempted. Perhaps $1,500 wasn't a princely sum for the use of my property, but it certainly would have been a welcome bonus in my bank account. And while I don't subscribe to cable television, I'd become quite a fan of that particular cable channel via DVDs. But then I considered the disruption and the absol...
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