World Sharing in early August and where is the contractor?

i suppose no one should be surprised when a contractor fails to show up to give an estimate. Even if you hire them, there’s never a guarantee they will show up for work, or if they start the work, that they will finish it. Or, if they make a mess of it, will come back and fix it. Dealing with contractors is a crap shoot and I’m pretty sure that this is internationally true. What is rare is when you get one who is dependable, bills you something similar to the estimate, and does good work. It’s still a disappointment. You wait and finally, you realize he isn’t coming. Or at least, not today.

So here are this week’s questions:

What will finally break the Internet?  Do you believe it can be broken at all?

I don’t think you can break the internet. It’s not a thing. No cord. You can’t snip it or shatter it. You can make it difficult to access or make the signal you need to get to it unavailable — or so expensive people give up. You can simply stop broadcasting the signal — like they do in North Korea. But break it? I don’t see how.

What are some ‘red flags’ to watch out for in daily life?

Trying to do business with a company that has been in business for fewer than at least five years. Especially mortgage companies who have a very flighty record. I got a whole workup for a mortgage for which I never applied. I got a list of places I could apply to and I specifically did NOT choose this one, but they don’t seem to care. I also got a tee shirt from the Audubon Society that I never ordered. Go figure.

What’s the silliest thing someone has argued with you about?

Nothing. I’ve had arguments about absolutely nothing. Alcohol might have been involved.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve found lying on the ground / side of the road?

That should be an easy question, but honestly, I can’t think of anything I’ve found on the side of the road that I didn’t drop myself and had to go back to retrieve.

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11 replies

  1. If there’s one company you want to choose wisely, it’s the one that’s going to own most of your house for the foreseeable future.


  2. Thanks Marilyn for Sharing Your World! I hope that contractor shows up soon! So frustrating! At least it’s still summer and you’ve got a bit of time (hopefully?) . The mortgage company would be a huge red flag (to me), because if you never applied, who the heck do they think you are? Did they send someone else’s potential loan? Uh? The t-shirt? Perhaps they noticed your excellent photography and are buttering you up to become a full time and highly paid contributor to their next magazine… (we could hope, right? That’s free!). Alcohol does seem to bring the absurd to conversation sometimes, doesn’t it? The side of the road question has gleaned quite a few strange answers thus far – a prosthetic foot in a shoe, a hummingbird (injured), a turtle and some monopoly money…among others. There’s weird stuff out there, BUT my mother always chastised me for looking at my feet too much and said to look UP. Therefore your answer isn’t odd at all! You simply do look up and around, a rare and very admirable trait!


    • There’s rarely anything left along the road, unless you count thing in piles with a sign on them that says “Free.” I got my first snowblower that way. It lasted 4 years and finally just wan’t big enough for the job. But that wasn’t “left there.” It was PUT there. Otherwise, trash cans, post boxes (some very entertainingly designed) and lot of signs. But again, none were “left.” All were “placed” on purpose.

      Contractor called to apologize. Something urgent came up. These days, you don’t ask.

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  3. Maybe your contractor got COVID. I have an interior painter we’ve used several times, and whom we absolutely love. I recently tried to call him, twice, and left messages, twice, and he hasn’t called back. Which is very unusual for him, and I have to wonder if the COVID crisis has something to do with it. In any event, now I have to find a different painter.


  4. I hope your contractor turns up. It does annoy me when tradespeople assume they can turn up whenever they feel like it or not at all.


  5. The silliest argument I’ve ever had was who was going to do the dishes. Peter wanted to do them but I wanted to do them. I can see it when nobody wants to do them but we both wanted to do them.


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