Yesterday I had a very nice experience with a client. He had hired me to mount his new flat screen tv on the wall and hook up a Blu-Ray player. This is one of my favorite things to do and was really looking forward to it. When I got there I immediately spotted two photo’s he had near the front door of two of the greatest pianists of the past century, Arturo Rubenstein and Vladimir Horowitz, the latter being my favorite pianist. Included in the frames were postcards signed by these masters. Very impressive. While I’m not a musician, I have some background in music and a brother who is a professional keyboardist so this client and I have a lot in common. It was doubly fun chit-chatting while putting his new home theater system together, which came out beautifully if I do say so myself. (BTW if you’re reading this, John, the pianist I was trying to think of yesterday is Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Check out the soundtrack from “Atonement“. Excellent!)
I love this job!
A new client hired me this week to fix some loose tiles on his patio. Normally this is not a difficult task: Pry up the loose tiles, chisel away the old mortar, and then reset the tiles back in place. Unfortunately living in the desert has made me complacent about the weather and I am not in the habit of checking the forecast. Had I done so, I would have known there was a good chance for rain the next day. As a result when I went back to do the grout work, I found all the tiles loose and the mortar underneath a gooey mess. All the pain in my back I’ve had to endure all week was for nothing, and I’ve had to start over. Lucky for me that the client is patient, and in fact has come up with some new jobs for me so it wasn’t a complete loss. Just another life lesson.
Taking a sick-day today. Nice thing about being self-employed, I can reschedule my jobs and not worry about getting “docked” or using up one of my only paid sick days. Nothing serious, just some low-back pain. I’ll probably make it to Margarita’s tonight for the Supper Club.
Hello and welcome. My name is Rick and I am a versatile handyman working in and around Palm Springs. This is my blog of shameless self-promotion, and maybe give you some ideas on some projects around your own home you can do yourself.