About 20+ years ago now, I got a call from some place that water proofed basements.
I remember that I was in a good mood (I was probably on my 4th beer). Well, our
basement had a floor drain that was tied into the city drainage system so I wasn't too
worried about water damage. But I had nothing else to do so I decided to have some
fun. I told the fellow on the phone that I didn't need water proofing at the time but my
chimney could use some masonry work done on it. He said they didn't do that. So
then I told him that the roof wasn't in that great a shape and would he like to come
out and give me an estimate on new shingles. He said they didn't do that. So I ask
him if his company could do anything about the dead tree in the front yard that was
rotting and about to fall. He said he couldn't do anything for that either. So then I
enquired about having new windows installed....That's right, His company didn't do
windows. I kept him on the phone for some 20-30 minutes just explaining all the
things that our house needed at the time. I could now here in his voice that he was
becoming impatient with all my questions and the fact that I would ask him to
excuse me for a few seconds from time to time (to take a sip of beer).
Well, I finally thanked him for calling me with his original offer to send someone
out to give me a water proofing quote and told him to hang onto my number in case
his place of business ever expands into the other areas of home improvement I
had mentioned. I then hung up abruptly.
After all these years I wonder if he will call back? I have moved to a new house
now. The windows are OK. I put a new roof on and had the chimney painted last
year. The dead tree out front was cut down two years ago and we now live on a
cement slab........ I guess it is best he doesn't call. I don't drink beer on a daily basis
anymore and my tolerance for stupid is gone. I'd probably just hang up without saying