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Old 12-17-2018, 02:14 AM   #1
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We were picking up our groceries for the week and a few last minute Christmas items for the kids and sorta bumped into him at the checkout line. He was on his phone. My wife said hi to him, he said hi back but barely looked up and just kept walking.

She said she was pretty sure he got his phone out just because he saw us.

Awkward.

I don't really have anything to say to him anyway, so my feelings couldn't be less hurt.

I will say he has lost quite a bit of weight since I last saw him. I don't say this simply to be an a$$, but it's incredible what getting out of a chair on a daily basis will do for your figure.
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Old 12-17-2018, 07:51 AM   #2
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I average 4-5 plumbers and 2-3 helpers in the field, 3 ladies in the office plus myself and I am rarely in the office. I will not ever sit in the office hoping things get done in the field.
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I ran into one of my arrogant a$$hole bosses that thought his $hit didnt stink many years ago, he use to have 5 crews working for him during the housing boom and when I saw him he was down to himself and a helper..screw him...I teased him about now he has to do some work for once and a few other things..ah poetic justice...
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One former employer I still get referrals from, the other one, as soon as his big customers find out I’m on my own, they hire me. Still friendly with all of them anytime we bump into one another.
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Old 12-20-2018, 01:33 PM   #5
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I was thinking about my boss again today randomly probably because I just saw him.

I specifically recalled this one situation where a "friend" of his needed $5k because he got arrested for going around a flagger in a construction zone. He offered up two jet skis on a trailer as collateral and he took him up on it.

Turned out the jet skis didn't even run, so now a $5000 paper weight?

Then the guy offered to get them running for him, so he towed the jet skis over to his place down the street.

Next thing you know they are gone and never to hear from the guy again. His misplaced generosity was a frustrating thing to witness.

I could go on and on, but I digress.

No work today, so I designed a label and sent it off to Master Mark's label company. It's pouring buckets out there anyway, so I'd rather hide indoors. :P

Hopefully they respond to this one.
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I was thinking about my boss again today randomly probably because I just saw him.

I specifically recalled this one situation where a "friend" of his needed $5k because he got arrested for going around a flagger in a construction zone. He offered up two jet skis on a trailer as collateral and he took him up on it.

Turned out the jet skis didn't even run, so now a $5000 paper weight?

Then the guy offered to get them running for him, so he towed the jet skis over to his place down the street.

Next thing you know they are gone and never to hear from the guy again. His misplaced generosity was a frustrating thing to witness.

I could go on and on, but I digress.

No work today, so I designed a label and sent it off to Master Mark's label company. It's pouring buckets out there anyway, so I'd rather hide indoors. :P

Hopefully they respond to this one.

no good deed goes unpunished...2 things I NEVER loan out..tools and money..and never regretted a day that goes by for sticking with those rules...
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no good deed goes unpunished...2 things I NEVER loan out..tools and money..and never regretted a day that goes by for sticking with those rules...
I loan my gas powered pole pruner to my dad quite a bit. He uses it to make money and I don't mind. If it breaks I know he will fix it, and he always returns it in a timely manner full of gas.

I cannot justify loaning business tools out. I haven't been asked yet, but I already know that if I'm loaning them to you, how am I supposed to do my work if/when I get a call?

Thing about my boss was that he's a pretty good plumber, but he didn't want to work. He got into the business because his brother in law was going to take it over and he would have surely run it into the ground (a point I agree with). He was a helicopter mechanic in the army, so I know he's smart and mechanically inclined, but in terms of how to take care of money and that sort of thing. I just WTF at it.
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I will loan any tool, my trick however is the deposit is more than the cost of the tool. Broken or never brought back no problem.

That's what they do at one store I go to. Tool rental is free with a deposit.
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I will loan any tool, my trick however is the deposit is more than the cost of the tool. Broken or never brought back no problem.

That's what they do at one store I go to. Tool rental is free with a deposit.

what happens when you need that tool for a job asap and it isnt there, buying a new one takes time or getting the loaner back also takes time...too much hassle for what in return???
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what happens when you need that tool for a job asap and it isnt there, buying a new one takes time or getting the loaner back also takes time...too much hassle for what in return???
Basically it's a polite way to say F-off. The guy will drop the issue right there.
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