Thursday, June 9, 2016

I've Been a Busy Boy

      For the last three months I've had to struggle with my blog. I've posted less and had to work hard to keep up with reading posts. And at times it was a struggle to make comments.

     However, I have a brand new roof. No I didn't do it myself. I had a very able contractor redo my house roof.

    So why has this taken so much time?  I have a micro manager. Grocery shopping takes a long time. If there are 100 tomatoes in the bin, the micro manager has to look at all of them. If there are 100 apples in a bin...yes you guessed it. The micro manager has to look at all 100 apples.

    So when reroofing came up, it was a field day for the micro manager. So first of all you have fun with the shingles. You have to get every last detail about all available shingles. Then if people from the same company say something different you're on a crusade to find out what the shingle spec actually is. There is also a product called ice and water shield. You guessed it, Each product has to be researched and compared. Choices take a long time.

    If there are five shingle outlets in town you have to go to all outlets and some of them twice. This is after numerous phone calls have been made to each outlet. These outlets know the micro manager very well.

    Then you have to get estimates from contractors. Each contractor is give specifications over and over again. There are questions about each contractor's bid and you phone them back.

    We had intended to get this job done in April. We've been working at it since March. It was finally finished Mar 7. 

    So I've been very busy with this project and many other aspects of my life have been getting second place. 

    Now I haven't got any photos of this project. I'm not supposed to go on the roof. Now I have been up on the roof, but don't tell anybody. 

   So the project took almost 4 months. Most people would get a couple of quotes and chose one and a few weeks later the project would be finished.

    Maybe some day the micro manager will buy three tomatoes and only have to look at six of them!

36 comments:

  1. Okay, I promise not to tell you were on the roof :)

    And nothing wrong with getting the best deal around!

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    1. There is an issue of efficiency when getting a good deal.

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  2. Anything that makes such a good story can't be a Bad Thing, Red! And you have a new roof.

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    1. Things get done here and they get done right thanks to the Micro manager.

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  3. Stay off the roof! Glad you got a good roof over your head! :)

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    1. I have a low slope roof so it's almost as flat as the floor.

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  4. I wonder if you have anything to say in the house, seems one person decides everything that is coming in, (just joking :))

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  5. I am married to a micromanager, too. I totally understand!
    You are such a great blog buddy, and fan. You just do what you have to do!

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    1. One has to realize that it's irrationality. If you forget that for one second you're in deep trouble.

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  6. We all benefit from those micro managers. Wish one lived at my house!

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    1. Yes, I benefit but it's tough as other things you lose by taking all the time to squeeze the tomatoes!!!

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  7. Best to be thorough. I laughed since I am fickle when choosing paint.Sometimes we think too hard and long and can miss out on a bargain.Glad you survived and now have it finished.

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    1. Well, I am definitely not a thorough person.

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  8. We have a daughter with the same attention to detail.
    When it gets exasperating, my husband calls it paralysis through analysis.

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    1. You can't alter the way these people operate.

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  9. Glad it's all done now and behind you. At least it does get finished eventually. That's better than around some places I know. :-)

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    1. It does get done. We live in an older home and it's time for some renovations.

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  10. Ha! You know, I admire people like the micro-manager. I just don't have the energy to be that thorough. I have a friend like that -- he regards the research as part of the fun of the project.

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    1. And I'm definitely not thorough!

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  11. I do not entirely understand your use of the term "micro manager". Is it a clever app on your cellphone that takes decision making out of your hands... or is it a mature woman with her arms crossed beneath her bosom? And is she yelling, "RED! GET IN HERE NOW BOY! I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT SOMETHING!"

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    1. None of the above! But a constant worrier who looks for perfection in everything. Completely irrational

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  12. Oh bless you, those micro manager types drive me crazy. I have a relative who used cardboard boxes in their bedroom because she could never make up her mind what style bedroom furniture she wanted. Her husband died when they'd been married 40 years and she had never owned a bedspread because she couldn't decide. She researches and looks constantly but seldom accomplishes anything.

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    1. Your story is sad but true! For these people things have to be perfect.

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  13. Be careful when you go up on the roof, since you probably do so when no one is around.

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    1. I know! I know! I shouldn't go on the roof!

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  14. I have to admit... that would drive me nuts.

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  15. Sounds a bit like a nightmare to me.

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  16. I love your micro manager. She's just like my micro manager. You have no idea how long it takes us to get things decided and done. However, it's ALWAYS great to have one micro manager in the house so the other one can relax more. Uuuummmmm... but stay off that roof. It always spooks me when my husband goes up.

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  17. Your post gave me a real chuckle and your micro manager does a great job of micro managing. I can fall off a single step so there is no way you would get me up on a roof.

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  18. It must be the Season for the roofers. Our Senior building is having a new roof put on also. Coming this week we get 13 men on the job in one week finished. Thank goodness we don have to pay for the Labor.
    We are top floor of a three storied. So we will be up first I guess. They are going to go with ladders I suppose at the back instead of the front parking lot. So micro manage Red but for goodness sakes don't you be going up there.

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  19. Hi Red, There is absolutely nothing like a good micro manager. You are a lucky man. :-)

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