Buyers, sellers, investors, welcome back to another installment ofÂ Real Estate Jargon, aka, simple explanations of sometimes-confusing real estate terms.Â As a departure from terms typically used in real estate transactions or property management, Iâ€™m responding to a question asked a couple times regarding the definition ofÂ rug jointsÂ andÂ sawdust joints.
All men know that anything they need to know about being a man they can learn from watching â€œThe Godfather.â€Â Women â€“ if you want to understand men, watch â€œThe Godfather.â€Â Mario Puzzo, the late author who wrote the book, said that the story isnâ€™t about the Mafia, itâ€™s about the relationship between a father and his sons.Â But I digressâ€¦
In â€œThe Godfather, Part II,â€ one of the Mafia chiefs talks about how their casino hotels in Cuba are bigger and swankier than their â€œrug jointsâ€ in Vegas.Â Some believe that a rug joint is a place where you shoot someone in the head, then roll their body in a rug to be taken into the woods to be buried.Â Not true!
â€œSawdust jointsâ€ are casinos or bars with wood floors that are sprinkled with sawdust to 1) absorb spilled liquids, 2) protect the floor from damage by hard soled shoes, and 3) to muffle the sound made by walking on the wood floor.Â In the early days of Las Vegas casinos, almost all of them were sawdust joints.
When big investors started building larger, fancier casinos to attract big-spending customers, those casinos were decorated with better furnishings and rugs on the floor.Â They were known as â€œrug joints.â€Â Over time, nicer casinos came to be known as â€œrug jointsâ€ and not as nice casinos were known as â€œsawdust joints.â€ Â Thus rug joints and sawdust joints were used as terms to describe a level of overall quality.
Thanks to those who asked this question, I hope everyone found it somewhat interesting.