Friday, October 9, 2020

When worse becomes ‘Worser’.

Early interesting Cars:


Another of Truley Nolen's crs, we had a couple of these. Loved the little car, Superman's girl friend drove one of these.

For today:

There comes a time in EVERYONE’s life you must trust someone in an area where you are LOST (when worse does get ‘worser’). There was a time (1940s to 1960s) when  many men could talk to a mechanic for 5 minutes and know if the guy knew his engines.


BUT with cars and trucks today most who knew engines in our earlier life, are completely lost. We must TRUST someone and even after a talk, still have no idea if the mechanic is BS’ing us or knows his stuff.


Every profession from dog catcher to scientist has the guy or gal who has faked their way up the ladder and hasn’t got caught yet.


Case in point… When I retired the first time I decided I wanted a job with no responsibilities except me. I told my wife, I can work for anyone. I took a job at the Radisson Plaza as maintenance man. The HR man said ‘we will give you a 30 day trial period,’ I smiled and told him I would do the same for them.


On my introduction tour the young boss man came to the Hotel’s MAIN WATER Valve. He said proudly, “If you hear over the speaker system that there is fire, you come here as fast as you can and shut this valve OFF.”

“What? with a fire?” I asked.

“Yes,” he said firmly, “WE do not want the carpet ruined or soaked from the sprinkler system, it takes time to clean it and we lose income from the room or rooms during maintenance.”

“But this is a FIRE I said.”

“NO, it is a fire alarm," he said, "It is always a false alarm so close this valve, is that clear?”

I said to myself ‘clear, but I won’t turn that wheel until I know it is a false alarm.’

I was wrong about working for anyone,  it is impossible to work for an IDIOT unless you are forced to.


So our coach is in the shop.  I talked to the mechanic and I trust him.  But I have trusted three other professionals and left $$$$’s with them, to have their work fail in a few months. The last one’s work made it a couple weeks and by that time I was over a 1000 miles away, and would never be in his area again.


So we may not like it, but there comes a time we must trust someone, be it mechanic, plumber or Doctor.  I always hate to think I am tossing the dice!


                               Nite Shipslog

PS:  I was in a mechanic’s shop once in Missouri that READ:

In GOD we trust, ALL OTHERS pay cash!


Chatty Crone said...

I am sensing a big bill at the RV shop. Sorry.

betty said...

Having car repairs miles from home is not a good thing. The mechanics sense that and I think fudge things a bit with what is needed. Air conditioning people are the same I think, especially in the Arizonan desert.


Glenda said...

You'll feel so much better when you drive that newly repaired coach home, this time might be the "charm"! Mechanical issues are frustrating, hopefully, the diagnosis will cure the problem. Hang in there! Love and hugs from Chobee, Glenda

Mevely317 said...

Ugh. I got a sinking feeling at the title of this post. Hope Glenda's right and this time's the charm.

Aghast at your exchange with the Radisson maintenance man. My mind is spinning, imagining the consequences were there a big fire. (Yep, I'm sure yours was doing the same.) Reminds me of a season while working at WTSP-TV when every now and then the fire alarms would malfunction. This time there was a new employee who -- unbeknownst to our boss - was married to the Fire Captain. When the bells started and we got up to walk downstairs, Noreen (our manager) ordered everyone to sit back down and keep working. Well, Carolyn went home and reported what happened to her hubby who wasted no time making a call to the station manager. HA!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Trusting your RV is in good hands is not easy, as I can see where you are coming from, but we have to trust in someone that they know what they are doing. Hopefully it will all turn out for the best. Where would we be without repairmen in this modern age when so much is computerized and we don't have the equipment or knowledge to do it ourselves. Right now my car's computer is telling me my tires are low on air. They look just fine to me, but I will have one of son's check it out for me. It's probably right. Take care and keep the faith, all will turn out for the best.

Lisa said...

It’s hard to trust a mechanic now days. They are mostly kids that are more book smart than hands on smart. Hope it all works out for you without breaking the bank.

From gloomy NC

Susie said...

Oh yes and that just stinks at times. I like to be trusting know the dr stuff is like that too. I flat tell people, do it right, because bad word of mouth is not good for your business' reputation. I was told once that if you could find an honest mechanic , he would be worth his weight in gold. My dad told me to ask for the parts they took off and replaced , if they worked on my car. LOL I am hoping you have found a honest mechanic. Blessings, xoxo, Susie