Sorry gang…..gotta vent.
My brother, a painter with his own business, called me three weeks back….asked me if I`d be interested in “picking up a couple peices of furniture” for a client of his that didn`t get delivered with the original shipment. Says the HO is willing to pay $150. I ask him for the details…….that was my first mistake…I shoulda said no right off the bat…..I`m not a delivery service, nor a moving company….no, thank you, I just don`t have the time. But I didn`t….he`s my brother, trying to make a client happy, if its cut and dry I`ll make $75 on my lunch hour helping out my little bro. $75 was not the reason….were somebody to offer me $75 to pick up and drop off I`d say no thanks and be done with it. So long as that someone wasn`t family. He agreed to get the details.
Fast forward to this past Saturday afternoon….I`m on the ballfeild coaching my daughters Little League game…phone rings….its my bro…..”is today good to pick up that furniture?”…..um, no, I`m on the feild ,yada, yada…..did you get the details?, I ask. “Not really….I`m going to see her now….how about Monday?” I tell him to find out whats involved….how many peices? What size? Where is this place? etc. If its not too involved, I`ll make myself available to him on Monday.
Didn`t hear from him until late Monday afternoon….”I`m standing here with a very distraught homeowner….can we pick up the furniture tomorrow?” Here comes mistake number two….”yeah, sure….tomorrow at noon”. I told him to meet me at my house to help empty the truck bed and remove the cap.
He shows up 12:00 sharp…still doesn`t have details….he thinks its a sofa and chair….we gotta stop off to get directions from homeowner. Now, I`m livid! I tear into him about never having given my final OK….this better not screw my day….yada yada!
He`s very good at deflecting my anger. (for a while)
To make an already far too long a story short….we spent over two hours driving around the Bronx looking for this furniture wharehouse….we never found it…not even with the dimwits driving directions and three phone calls.
I brought this sh!t upon myself….I`m not looking for sympathy…I don`t deserve it…..merely a freindly reminder….”just say no”!
J. D. Reynolds
“DO IT RIGHT, DO IT ONCE”