Marissa Lingen (mrissa) wrote,
Marissa Lingen

What I Learned Getting More House-Painting Bids

1. pnh's voice just should not come with a thick Minnesota accent. One of the guys utterly discombobulated me with this. Pitch/timbre: pnh. Accent/speed: Bemidji, if not Thief River Falls. Yikes.

2. There is a right and a at least one wrong way to ask, "Does your husband travel a lot?" Painter who showed up in the mid-afternoon: wrong way, dude. (Additional wrong ways might make me fear for my valuables; this was just the "step away quickly from the man who is suddenly standing too close; point briskly at the porch feature of note" kind.)

3. While it is very kind to offer a free kneecapping of the painter we previously attempted to hire with every paint job, all kneecapping is done in-house. Thanks all the same, though. Every contractor has to find a way to stand out from the competition. Other people chose features like price, quality of materials, experience, or efficient service, but really, go with your strengths. Go somewhere else with your strengths and stop standing so close to me, sheesh; did you not see how quickly I moved away over by the porch?

4. Punctuality is a virtue. Showing up 45 minutes early for a 9:30 a.m. appointment, perhaps not quite so much of a virtue.

5. Every time someone refers to my dog as "pooch," I think, De hooch, madame.

6. It is entirely possible that the house will be painted and the deck stained before the Swedish Invasion. This is a great relief to me and allows me to go back to thinking about the book and other interesting things today.
Tags: veryveryvery fine house

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