Friday, March 18, 2011

Contractors. You can't live with them...

Contractors are a particular frustration of late.

It may be because I don't understand what they do, but I can't for the life of me figure out why stretching a project out benefits them. Wouldn't you think they'd want to finish the job and move on to the next? More projects equals more money, right?

Apparently it's not that simple. There must be a secret formula that I'm not aware of, because the last two contractors we've dealt with seem to want to stretch the construction process out as long as possible.

The first contractor was able to spread out what should have been a three month project into eight months. 

Here's the pattern: do a little work then disappear for a long weekend or even longer. Do a little more work, repeat.

Weather, particularly in the winter, is always a concern. I get that. You can't paint outdoors when it's cold and when it's wet and/or snowy, you don't necessarily want to be up on a ladder.

But when it's warm, why not make hay? That makes too much sense, I guess. We're currently experiencing a week of warm Spring weather. Where is the contractor and his help?

Spring Break.

Monday, March 14, 2011

It's Been A While

OK, I admit it. I've been way more than tardy here. The truth is, having a full-time job has been great, but not good for my blog.

That said, I haven't forgotten about what I started two years ago. I've just been busy.

I've been thinking about what form this blog might take and the thing that keeps coming back is my ongoing frustration in the service category.

Why is it that major corporations treat their customers like dirt? The simple answer may be the best answer: because they can. In many cases, they're the only game in town... or at least, one of only a few games in town.

Whether it's Comcast, AT&T or a pet door company, I've been frustrated of late. I doubt that I'm alone.

More later.