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In yesterday’s blog, I told you about a flake who showed up in response to a request I posted online for a licensed contractor to build a carport at our place. This clown didn’t have a tape measure with him, or a pen or pencil, or a piece of paper, and then wanted to know if he could borrow my truck to haul the materials in. Obviously, I won’t be dealing with that young man.

In the same blog, I said I had also contacted another company, who came highly recommended and has done a lot of work in our area. And I added that as it turned out, one of the owners lived just a few houses down the street from us. Yesterday, George from Stevens Construction, and his daughter-in-law Jennifer, our neighbor, showed up fifteen minutes early, and it was immediately apparent that I was dealing with professionals. Not only did they have a truck with the name of their company on it, George actually had a tape measure, and Jennifer had a pen and notepad. That was a step up right from the start!

They listened to what I wanted to have done, looked at the house and the concrete parking apron, did some measuring, including the setback from the street (which they actually knew the requirements for), made a couple of suggestions, and told me they would be in contact with the county about a building permit and if we might need a variance, and told me they would get back with me sometime early next week. It was very obvious they knew what they were talking about, and Terry, who ran a commercial glass shop and dealt with contractors for much of her working life, said she felt good about them. So now we wait and see what can and cannot be done and how much it will cost.

With that out of the way, I wrote about 2,000 words in my new book, did some research online to make sure the storyline would work with reality, and that was about it for the day. Nothing outstanding or earth-shaking to tell you about.

And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us. I think the sign folks might want to hire a proofreader.

Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Undone, the first book in my friend Jason Deas’ Burt Bigsley Mystery series. To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed.

Thought For The Day – Sometimes you might feel like no one’s there for you, but do you know who’s always there for you? Laundry. Laundry will always be there for you.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  3 Responses to “Dealing With Professionals”

  1. So which series of books did you decide to write this time? I’m hoping it’s the next Tender Street.

  2. Well, North and South were spelled correctly.

  3. Bobbie, no, it’s the next Big Lake book. I need some more information on how schools and the City of Toledo handled budgets and such during the Great Depression that I can’t find online and need to go there to research. But Tinder Street will be next on the list, I promise.

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