Saturday, May 19, 2018

Stan the Brandon Handyman

Stan the Handyman came on a Saturday to do a list of jobs I need done around the house that I cannot do myself. Stan does a relatively decent job while he is here, but I am not happy that he would never turn off the breakers while he was working on the lights and fans. I am alyso not thrilled that he can’t put the garage shelves up the right way, and now I have to purchase more parts to make up for his lack of skills. Okay, I can deal with this. 

Stan isn’t able to finish everything. No problem, it was a long to-do list. He says he will come back the next day, Sunday, to finish. 

After he leaves, I am looking at the white bookcases he assembled. There are several footprints on the sides. Apparently he stood on them while putting them together. This does not make me happy, but it seems the only damage is dirt, which I can clean.

Sunday morning Stan makes a lame excuse why he isn’t coming back today, and leaves me hanging without everything being finished. I also have half a set of garage shelves over my washer and dryer. I expect he’ll want to finish the work soon since I haven’t paid him yet. After some discussion, Stan is going to come back on Friday. He also isn’t sure when he will be able to clean the gutters, since he has managed to twist his knee and can’t climb a ladder. I am sure Stan is going to wind up “passing” on cleaning the gutters, so this means the quoted price will go down, and I can find someone else to clean the gutters. No problem.

Friday comes, and I haven’t heard a peep from Stan regarding what time he’s planning to arrive. I text to ask him, and receive silence in return. After a couple of hours, I text Stan to say that I am assuming he isn’t available today after all, and that I am available again on Tuesday. He replies to that text, and says OK. 

Tuesday comes, and Stan texts me before I am awake to ask if he can come at 10:15. I reply at 10:00 that yes, he can come now. He replies that he will be at my house in 20 minutes. I have to be home all day to wait on the county inspector for the new doors, so it will be nice to get everything finally done. 

Thirty minutes later, Stan has not arrived. Okay, maybe there is a traffic jam somewhere. I don’t know where he lives, but the traffic on some streets can be brutal, even during the mid-morning on a weekday.

An hour after Stan says he is coming, he still isn’t here. 

Two hours after Stan says he is coming to finish the Handyman items I hired him for, I text him and say “I take it that you changed your mind about coming this morning.”

I never hear from Stan on Tuesday. 

Or Wednesday. 

Or Thursday. 

Or Friday.

Saturday morning Stan finally texts back “Can I come by to finish?”

I reply “No. I will not be home today. And since you never showed up on Tuesday when you said you were coming, nor contacted me, I've found someone else to finish the things I have left to do. 

Please let me know how much I owe you for the work you have completed, and your address, and I will mail you a check.”

Stan texts back that he wants to be paid more than 3/4 the agreed amount for finishing around half the work. 

I don’t think so. 

I negotiated him down to just over half, since that’s all he’s done.

I would bet that Stan is shocked and surprised that I fired him.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Services for Linda Ann Davis Blankenship

The Viewing for Linda Ann Davis Blankenship will be held on Sunday, 28 February 2016, from 5-7pm at Del Angel Funeraria Martin East, 1460 George Dieter, El Paso, TX 79936. 

In accordance with her stated wishes, interment will be next to her husband, Richard S. Blankenship, on Monday, 29 February 2016 at 9:30am at the Ft. Bliss military cemetery, El Paso, TX. 

Flowers are welcome. So are donations to your favorite charity, in lieu of flowers. If you smoke, the best gift you can give is to quit.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Another One Bites the Dust

I got home Monday night to discover my living room DVR had bit the dust. It appears that a software upgrade became its death sentence instead.

I tried the suggested Microsoft reboot method (in this case unplugging it for 30 seconds, then plugging it back in). No luck. It was still dead.

I called Verizon on Tuesday to make an appointment for someone to come out and replace my dead unit, and the automated system told me I had a DVR that needs to be replaced, and asked me if I wanted to be sent a new one. Well, yes! That was nice that it already knew I had an problem, and offered a suggestion to resolve my problem. I never had such swift customer service from anyone at Brighthouse! It was always half an hour of my trying to convince a very bored-sounding person that I had tried everything, and that my DVR was indeed dead. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Day 3: Tuesday, 12 August 2014 - Cardiff, Wales and London, England

First Great Western trains.
Cardiff, Wales
Seriously, I stayed up way too late again last night. My body still seems to think it’s on Eastern time. It needs to get with the program!

10:56am, Leaving Cardiff for London

Well, I'm on the train, despite not sticking to my original plan. I just could not convince myself to get up at 8:00am, and decided to once again forgo breakfast. I made it downstairs and checked out at 10:30, hoofed it to the train station, and still had time to order a cappuccino and croissant with 3 minutes to spare before the train arrived. I don't like cutting it so close, but my body thanked me for the extra sleep. I got five and a half hours, instead of only four.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Day 2: Monday, 11 August 2014 - Cardiff, Wales

8:00am, Cardiff, Wales
I set the alarm for 8am, thinking I would get up, shower, eat breakfast, and get a start on the day. I'd be able to hit nearby St. David's Centre (shopping) to get a charm from Pandora, straighten out the local phone, go to the Doctor Who Experience, and still have time to do something else, like visit Cardiff Castle.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Day 1: Sunday, 10 August 2014 - Did He Say We Landed In Paris?

12:10pm: I slept through breakfast, which is fine by me since I ate WAY too much food yesterday and had an upset stomach all night. When they announced we'd be landing soon, I quickly used the lavatory, and put on my shoes. We should have landed around 11:00 am, but it didn't register with me that we were landing an hour late.

As we descended, I lifted the blind on the window next to my seat to watch the scenery go by. I am sitting next to an enormous engine!

We landed with a quick and fast stop, causing the water bottle next to me to go flying, as I forgot it was there and didn't move it. 

The flight attendant came over the loudspeaker to announce that we had landed in Paris. Since we had been flying to London, I assumed it was a gaffe on the part of the flight attendant after a long flight. It's happened before. 

Day 0.5: Flying to London and Time Travel

Using an airplane to time travel is always fun. Today we will travel five hours forward in time.