The past few years have raced past me. My granddaughter is turning 10 this month. I remember getting the call at 11pm my daughter was headed to the hospital 'baby wanted out' so I rushed over to meet them. The nurse said 'not for a few hours, at best' so I went home to catch a few hours rest. By 7am no baby. I was working for a millwork company and had to open the factory, so I stopped in to unlock the doors and headed back to the hospital and was present to witness the birth.
Yeah, she's going to be ten.
So now, I'm working for a kitchen and bathroom remodeling company and we are seeing as many as 3 new leads a day. More than I care to take on, but the percentage of closed jobs is lower since COVID. While they have money to do renovations they are also using unrealistic budgets.
I usually take 30-40 photos for every client visit and upload them to my computer and backed up on a cloud storage so my partner can review. Names, I may not remember, but photos bring back the visit and what they were looking for.
After backing up more than 7,000 photos that are stored on my phone I began purging old photos, especially the jobs I didn't get. More than 1,000 were deleted.
In the 70's I was a draftsman for a kitchen manufacturer in Miami. One of the largest. We had a house account with a builder who did condos. Lots of them. I remember the name of a 'village' that had hundreds of units in 5 or 6 buildings.
One of the first jobs I signed last year was a replacement kitchen... for one I did 40 years earlier. It's finished and paid and the owner, who is 86 years old wasn't the first buyer of the condo, but he smiled when I told him the story.
Interesting stories along the way, but mostly things are becoming a blur...
I've expressed my dislike for my current employment situation and though I can pay my bills and have a happy life, I feel my talents are being wasted doing bathroom renovations. For now, I'll continue doing what I'm doing until another opportunity presents itself.
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