On tradesmen

People are always asking to have things done as cheap as possible Think about this the next time you want something done for cheap. CUSTOMER: “How much will it cost to do this job?”
CONTRACTOR: “$2,800 Dollars.”

CUSTOMER: “That’s WAY too expensive for this job!!”
CONTRACTOR: “How much do YOU think it would cost?”

CUSTOMER: “No more than $800 Dollars – MAX!! It’s a simple job!”
CONTRACTOR: “I can’t prioritize my time for so little.”

CUSTOMER: “People in your line of work are so greedy.”
CONTRACTOR: “Sorry you feel that way. Why not do it yourself?”

CUSTOMER: “But… but… I don’t know how to do any of this.”
CONTRACTOR: “For $900 Dollars, I’ll teach you EXACTLY how to get this job done. Then you can spend $800 to do the job and you’ll still be saving $1,100 Dollars – PLUS… you’ll get the knowledge and experience for the next time you want to do a job yourself.”

CUSTOMER: “Deal!! Let’s do it.”
CONTRACTOR: To get started you’ll need tools. So you’ll have to buy a welder, a grinder, a chop saw, a drill press, a welding hood, gloves and a few other things.”

CUSTOMER: “But I don’t have all this equipment and I can’t buy all of these for one job.”
CONTRACTOR: “Well then for another $300 more I’ll let you rent my tools… and you’ll still be saving $800 Dollars.”

CUSTOMER: “That’s cutting into my savings. But I’ll rent your tools.”
CONTRACTOR: “Okay! I’ll be back on Saturday and we can start.”

CUSTOMER: “Wait. I can’t on Saturday. I only have time today.”
CONTRACTOR: “Sorry, I only give lessons on Saturday, because I have to prioritize my time and my tools have to be at other jobs with other customers all week long.

CUSTOMER: “Okay!! I’ll sacrifice my family plans on Saturday.”
CONTRACTOR: “Yeah… me too. Oh… and I forgot… to do your job yourself, you also have to pay for the materials. Everything is in high demand right now, so your best bet is to get your truck and load up at 6AM before everyone else gets there.”

CUSTOMER: “SIX AM??? On a Saturday??? That’s way to early for me. And also… I don’t have a truck.”
“CONTRACTOR: “I guess you’ll have to rent one. Do you have a couple of strong men to help you load and unload everything?”

CUSTOMER: “Ummm… ya know… I’ve been thinking. It’s probably best if YOU get this job done. I’d rather pay someone to get it done correctly than go through all the hassle.
CONTRACTOR: “Smart move, sign this and please get out of the way so I can work.”

THE REALITY IS THIS…

When you pay for a job, especially handcrafted, you pay not only for the material used, but you are also paying for:

– Knowledge
– Experience
– Tools
– Services
– Time
– Punctuality
– Accountability
– Professionalism
– Accuracy
– Labor
– Sacrifices
– Safety and Security
– Payment of tax obligations

No one should denigrate a professional’s work by judging prices – ESPECIALLY when they don’t know all the elements or costs necessary for the production of such work.

This was just a remix of an old story I once heard and I am sharing this in support of craftsmen, specialists and entrepreneurs everywhere!

You can’t haggle over a service that you don’t actually have the skills or knowledge to do yourself. You can’t get a high quality gourmet dinner party for the same price as a Happy Meal from McDonald’s. And you can’t be mad when skilled people actually KNOW their own worth.

Be smart. Trust a reputable professional. And never forget… that you ALWAYS get what you pay for.

Emergency backup goalie David Ayres steals show in Canes’ win over Leafs

Great hockey story.

David Ayres was sitting by himself in the bowels of Scotiabank Arena when he got word Hurricanes goalie James Reimer had suffered an injury.The on-call emergency netminder for Saturday’s game in Toronto, Ayers got half-dressed into his gear on the off chance something might happen to Carolina’s second option, Petr Mrazek.

Source: Emergency backup goalie David Ayres steals show in Canes’ win over Leafs | CBC Sports

He got closer to the RUSH heart

Great story about how an American was drawn to Toronto by Rush.

I was a 14-year-old in, of all places, the subdivisions of St. Louis when I learned about Rush.My friend Bret alerted me to this weird Canadian trio. Bret knew about them because his cool older sister, between her apparent penchant for Zeppelin, Steely Dan and the Moody Blues, got “A Farewell to Kings.”

Source: Closer to my heart: How Rush and Neil Peart drew a St. Louis outcast to Canada | The Star

Hwys. 407, 418 open in Durham on Monday

A job well done (early).

Congratulations to all involved! It’s not easy to build a highway BEFORE the people come – but it’s much easier and makes more sense. Look at the proposed 413 – will cost much more to build and take longer due to build up already in area. For all those that want everything for free – get used to it. Gas taxes haven’t gone up in years so user pay will be the new normal. Waiting for the 401 congestion tolls to start. Just wait.

Getting around Durham will get easier on Monday.The provincial government has announced the final stretch of Highway 407 and the entire Highway 418 will open on Dec. 9.The 407 extension adds 14.2 kilometres, while the 418 is 10 kilometres and connects the extension of the 407 with Highway 401.”The completion of the Highway 407 East project will connect communities and greatly improve our transportation network in this region,” said Vijay Thanigasalam, parliamentary assistant to the minister of t

Source: Hwys. 407, 418 open in Durham on Monday | DurhamRegion.com

#Cherrygate #Poppygate

I don’t wear a poppy because
°They keep falling off
°They get caught in my seatbelt
°I prick myself with them
°I’m annoyed with the cult of poppy
°I want them to make a proper poppy that solves all the above problems

#IStandWithDonCherry
#RemembranceDay2019