Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Virginia Woolf Would Be (Sorta) Proud...Not Really...

...or "Stream of Consciousness Blogging as a Therapeutic Exercise"

OK, I am in an incredibly bad mood and it is all because of a couple of things and I swear to Dog I have tried to snap out of it but I really can't because you see a contractor tried really really hard to snow us and pressure us into accepting his bid on our kitchen last night but he didn't even bring a hard copy of the proposal -- I had to read over his shoulder to see it on his laptop --- and when I said I wasn't prepared (imagine) to give him $50,000 without seeing and being able to go over the proposal he said that if we didn't we would loose the 10% discount I mean what a jerk like who on earth would be dumb enough to do something as stupid as that but the problem is I don't know that the other people we are considering are quite as good technically although they had a great idea about replacing the pegboard in our kitchen design (a la Julia Child) with perforated stainless steal panels - doesn't that sound beautiful - but the real pissiness in the business is that I e-mailed the owner of the firm and he didn't even say I'm sorry but instead told me that the guy we'd been working with had told him that we were crazy liars and not to believe anything we say and the muckfuppet actually wrote me an e-mail which said exactly that I quote "I can with good conscience know that we made the correct decision in refusing your business and allowing another contractor to deal with your antics." now I know there are people out there who are saying "I thought he was trying to lead a more thankful life" and well I am very grateful for a lot of things but I have to say this really twists my nipples -- both of you have any idea how angry and sad and rejected and drekky that makes me it is just like when Deb J. dumped me at breakfast after prom but that turned out well because I heard she married some guy in college and didn't tell her parents she had dropped out but kept taking their tuition money and then I heard something about her house being condemned because she had hundreds of pet snakes but I digress (imagine that) .... what the hell is wrong with these people has something happened in the economy that suddenly people doing home remodels can pass up a $50,000 job willy nilly I hope those people get hemorrhoids I really do and now I'm just going to make a resolution to just feel better.

Deep breath.

On my lunch hour today I bought a copy of Debbie Bliss' Simply Baby. Norbert and I are going to dye some KnitPicks yarn using Easter egg dyes,

and I've decided to knit a Hooded Jacket for Little Bird.

(But I still feel bad.)


Anonymous said...

You followed, of course, the absolutely correct course of action with this contractor with the grifter tactics. We had a huge job done on our home and our contract was written with payments due based on deliverables and benchmarks. Only a very modest amount of monies was paid upfront the day the work started (I think it was 5%!) You will find a great contractor!


Vanessa said...

What a horrendous experience! Here's one of my favorites from Mark Twain:

"The rain ... falls upon the just and the unjust alike; a thing which would not happen if I were superintending the rain's affairs. No, I would rain softly and sweetly on the just, but if I caught a sample of the unjust outdoors I would drown him."

Hope it makes you smile.

anne marie in philly said...

ugh, what a jerk! you were guided by karma NOT to sign on the dotted line.

karma DID catch up to deb j.; that was NOT very nice of her to dump you at prom!

think more about little bird and how pretty she will look in her new jacket. that will bring your blood pressure down.

m.o.M. said...

I look forward to your next post in which, I'm sure, you'll tell us how you really feel!

Good luck with that!

=Tamar said...

I'm so relieved - I know people who were high-pressured into something that way and the results were not the best. Threatening the loss of a discount if you don't sign right away is a _major_ red flag warning. Congratulations for being really smart!

Michelle said...

You know what would make you feel better (maybe)? Telling this story to

Chicago Jen said...

I'm wtih Michelle. And also tell your story to If you're not a member, I'd be happy to transcribe it for you. :)