Discussion in 'Taking a Break From Flooring' started by Mike Antonetti, Apr 19, 2019.
Don't make your problem, my problem
To go with Roland’s:
Your emergency is not my emergency!
"Lack of preparation on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part."
One I have lived by for many years (I think I made it up myself, but maybe I heard it somewhere and just adopted it): "If you ain't livin' on the edge, you're takin' up too much room."
“Is it worth it?” Do you reflect on your life and the choices you’ve made? Will your future choices guide you to your goals which the answer would be “Yes”
My mom always used to tell me when I was little that if you "...unscrewed your belly button your butt would fall off!" Not so much a saying but I do consider it from time to time.
Also, when she was mad at me for doing something I shouldn't be she'd threaten to "...slap a chicken out of you!"
I always wanted to get one of those rubber chickens and throw it on the floor when she let me have it once. Just to see the reaction on her face.
Many many moons ago a god friend of ours accidently said something about "running around like a head with it's chicken cut off" ….it stuck and we still jokingly say that today.
Hold my beer.............
"Don't bogart that..."
Can't see it from my house
Painters will get that
Someone on here had one under their username "You cant make chicken soup out of chicken poop".
I liked that & use it regularly now.
My mother always would say to an old joke was "When my mother heard that she kicked the slats out of her cradle."
The more you try to control people, the more those people will control YOU !
Case in point: The Doctor is the Patient
I just did this 4 hours ago lost my cool w/ a tenant at the apartments I work at. They had a small water leak, so I removed the wet pad / tkls and set up a fan, how could this go wrong ?
While reviewing (w/ her) the next day scope of work ( new pad, tkls, and re-install ) I mentioned there would be no bill for patching the cat damage at the two Br. doorways. That's when everything went South ! .........She stood up and said NO ! Do not do that work ! Confused, I repeat myself, No Bill ! the manager said it's included. Then ! she got real close to me and said, YOUR NOT LISTENING TO ME, NO NO, do not do that, because you
used the word BILL.
I continued ....NO BILL ! w/ attitude of course and controlling words, like YOUR NOT LISTENING TO ME !! But clearly she lost all trust and was unable to accept my words at this point. I should have dropped it, but I was under a spell, controlled by my unwillingness to accept the situation and said a few more stupid things.....HENCE ! the above phrase " The more you try to control people, the more those people will control YOU ! "
If I stayed calm, accepting her words, my words would have been
peaceful, productive, and most importantly, in Control.
Another one from a guy I worked with, "You cannot make vanilla ice cream out of chocolate shit."
Don’t Worry, everything’s gonna be all “White”
“Pay me now or pay me later”. I’ve seen many repair attempts on failed installations. Usually cutouts in slab of individual tile, rows of repaired cracks, sections of failed bond, but it just grows and eventually the customer has given up. Both of these were my brothers customers but a real old lady shouldn’t be dealing with this. One reason I don’t like working in this subdivision is they can fall from tile demo, we say stay out of area but even some have dementia, hard of hearing(me if I shall she?) what have you,
Couple of demo’s the past week.
Mikes post about toilet flanges reminded me of a great line my buddy uses when someone gripes about the fact that we don’t touch plumbing: You wouldn’t call a plumber to install your floor, would you?
Plumbers make better money no? I laugh when I see handymen with their list of flooring installation. But hey, price ce sells.
I think that depends on where you are. I met a ‘plumber’ last year that told me his main gig was a fence installer. Not sure how that works. I just read an article in the news the other day about Texas and how there plumbing board is set to expire in 2020 if nobody votes to renew it. Deregulation. What could possibly go wrong?? Another customer was complaining that plumbers wanted a $100 minimum. I laughed and told them that even I get more than that. It’s 2019, guy!
A little perspective goes a long way. My wife and I were strolling through some small town shops the other day and she saw a tea diffuser for $18. I told her that’s cute you should get it. She scoffed at the price and mumbled about how she could make one just like it for less. I said but you didn’t, that’s why it’s $18. She bought it.