Friday, January 1, 2016

Holidays are No Holiday

   When you are in business, you never really get away.....today I got the call that the bar furnace wasn't working......in winter...on a holiday...I talked through the easy issues on the phone, and ended up calling Bartlett's, and they sent out a technician. Fortunately some years ago, anticipating a burned out blower motor and the inability to get one quickly I bought an extra....today that investment, long dormant, paid good dividends as that was the problem and it was fixed in an hour.
     How do you teach people how to deal with situations when everyone just assumes problems will be dealt with ?
     Three days earlier...three days later, not a big issue...But it had to happen on the holiday when I wasn't there.  The odds ?  Seemingly long but that's not how life works.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Isn't there some kind of program from the state that fixes these kinds of things, especially when you're traveling? If there isn't, there ought to be. Tell Addie. She can write the idea on a napkin the next time she works an Albany party.

dajeep said...

That's the way it usually works. Something always breaks down on a weekend or even worse, a holiday.

JimmycrackCorn said...

Please sir may I have some more coal? After all it is Christmas Mr. Mayor

Anonymous said...

Great idea and planning to have an extra blower motor.
You are lucky your people called you today. Most workers of this generation would have waited until tonight when it was 26 degrees and said, "I thought it seemed cold in here all day...I finally called you when it got too cold to text my friends".

Anonymous said...

Hyuppers. Too bad, Jeff. Hope yer paying the goin rate for the repair. Likely $120/hour. But its all gud.

Ima said...

Isn't it time we have a single payer system to handle these emergencies? No person should have to go without heat because they don't have a job.

Anonymous said...

Ima, you are on it. I think Canada has a single payer system for furnace breakdowns. That's one reason their dollar is so worthless.

Anonymous said...

Yup. Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter are the three days out of the year you can absolutely count on a broken water pipe and a barn full of water, or electrical problems with the milking system or the bulk tank compressor seizing up, or a critically sick cow, or being sick with the flu yourself.