Saturday, August 18, 2018
Historic Columbus, Ohio early 1900s
I have heard of the ‘self-made’ man/woman all my life. I remember Barbara Walters interviewing Armand Hammer, who was very wealthy. She asked, “Mr. Hammer, you are successful and very wise in business, but doesn’t just plain luck figure in somewhere?”
“Certainly Barbara, I learned long ago, when you work 60-80 hours a week , at times you run into some luck .”
We are sorta looking for a ‘nicer’ coach to Top-off our RV-ing life. In that search we met Dick and Dot. They run D & D Sanitation, he said interpret that 'Garbage Collection.' These are ‘salt of the earth people.’ Honestly, talking to them was like talking to someone you have known all your life. Like talking to your brother or sister. I had a heck of a time getting Sherry away from Dot.
Dick showed us their 2004 American Eagle. It is the Number 1 production coach, methinks.The next up is the Prevost coaches which reach into the millions.
Above is a coach very similar to D & D's.
Heart attacks? Dick 6, Dot 2! It is a tough business. many years ago he had an 8hr job in Charlotte, while back at home Dot decided to start a Garbage collection business. She laughed when she told of searching for customers and going door to door in the country. At the end of the day she was lost and had to ask direction back home. Now she knows the surrounding counties like the back of her hand.
She started the business in a pickup truck with plywood on the sides to increase the load. She said at the time she was a small woman and lifted the 55gallon drums to dump them in the truck. Here in the southeast most of us used 55 gal drums for garbage.
Dick kept working in Charlotte and retired with 30 yrs service. Dot collected, kept the books and drove a truck. Dot laughed, “I had two jobs and Dick had one.”
‘They now have thousands of customers (we are one of'em). When we drove onto their property near Clover, SC I saw at least a million dollars’ worth of equipment. It is a family business. Sherry found out about the coach when paying our garbage collection bill. She says Debbie is as easy to talk to as Dick and Dot. (There are 2 Debbie’s, both very sweet.)
The D & D's live in the country. When we went down to talk to them they were setting in rockers, Dick motioned us to a couple, as he took a phone call. In the rockers Dot explained, 'Where you are sitting was once a ‘wrap-around’ porch, but we enclosed it to make the office and our kitchen. Dick will show you the house, he shows it to everyone'….. He did! Inside this old farm house is a show-place.
We are still considering the coach. I don’t want to get into something with Sherry not fully aboard. We are a team. When I asked if she was aboard on the idea of another coach. Her answer was, "I do like the coach, so I am with you as long as you can stay under $xxx,but I doubt if Dot or Dick will consider dropping that far."
Old Dick is my age. He probably loved these cars in the 1950s.