Fine Jewelry – It Can Be Addictive

Where Do Addictions Come From?

Some people have no interest in jewelry and others cannot get enough of it. What is it about jewelry that makes us so fascinated with precious metals and gemstones that some of us will spend a small fortune to adorn ourselves with rings, earrings, bracelets, watches and pendants?

My dad was a jeweler and watchmaker and sold fine jewelry and watches from a small store. His skills as a watchmaker were unbelievable. When I was seven years old, I would leave the school I attended as soon as we were released and run as fast as possible to his store about one mile away. I would wash the windows, run a few blocks to the post office to pick up the mail, empty the waste baskets and finally, with the chores done, I would stand by his watchmaker’s repair bench and watch him repair watches.

By the time I turned 10 years of age I was taking old clocks apart and putting them together again. I had a small table in our bedroom I shared with my two other brothers. My dad sold many cigarette lighters that were popular at the time. The men and women were returning home from the war and these made good gifts. I offered to repair these lighters when they came in for servicing. Dad bought me a service kit for $10 and I repaid him with my services.

The First Hint on a Lifetime Addiction

It was within this atmosphere that I developed my interest in precious metals and gemstones and fine jewelry of all kinds. I learned how to repair jewelry and resize rings. I loved to look into diamonds with my powerful eye loupe and see the colors and shapes of emeralds and especially opals.

My dad obtained a service contract with an electric power company to service their clocks. These clocks were used to turn on and off the power for the different districts around the nearby city. This was before the time when solar switches were invented. I did the servicing of these clocks.

I left school at 16 and began to learn my jewelry trade under dad’s teaching. Over the next two years I became quite adept in repairing watches, engraving and learning the jewelry business.

Ours was a coal-mining town. Our part of the country was suffering because the coal was no longer used as fuel for trains and diesel was coming into its own. In a short time the jewelry business was dead and I decided to join the Canadian navy to see the world. I still was fascinated by the business and after a few years in the navy my girlfriend and I married and Irma and I raised our four children. I worked for the next few years in the jewelry business.

The British Crown Jewels

While serving on a destroyer in the navy we visited Plymouth, England and were given a few days off to visit London. On a tour of the Tower of London we viewed the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. It was incredible as the diamonds were huge and extremely brilliant. At that time we could stand very close to the security case, probably three feet away. I could have stayed there for hours!

A few weeks later, we visited Amsterdam and a tour brought us to the Diamond Cutters of Amsterdam Corporation. This was the company that actually did the cutting of the Cullinan Diamond (the largest diamond ever discovered) and we were shown the glass replicas of the diamond that were cut from that stone.

A Diamond Cutter at Work

Our guide brought us to the work area where diamonds were being cut and polished by hundreds of workers. We were able to closely watch as the diamond polishers did their exacting trade. It was thrilling for me to see!

So over the years, fine jewelry has been an addiction of mine. I find it tough to pass by a fine jewelry store without spending time studying their display of gems and watches.

I am always interested in people who load themselves up with jewelry. Rings on every finger, multiple bracelets and neck chains. Some people love the bling! Have you ever noticed that the same people will select the fanciest eyeglass frames as well? I suppose this can be classed as an addiction of a sort. Whatever we want to call it, being able to have been around fine jewelry all of my years has brought me a lifetime of enjoyment.

 

 

Condominium or Rental – Which One to Choose

So you are gaining as much information as you can find relating to starting life as a caretaker and you are trying to decide which job will be better, Condominium or rental.

As you can see in my previous article, Condominium or Rental – What’s The Difference?, I explained how they do differ. It is quite easy to see that the jobs are much different, but why do you choose?

Our First Job as Caretakers

When Irma and I started out, we took the first job we were offered. It was a trainee job with a company that owned 17 high-rise rental towers. We were on the job for only a couple of weeks and then we were given our own rental  tower. We had two druggies who moved out and left a real mess with perhaps a pickup truck of junk spread all over the apartment. We had 7 or 8 moves each month as students who attended the ESL classes nearby came and went. We had a building with all appliances at least 25 years old. Eventually, we decided to move. We had heard a little information about condominiums and were offered a job as caretakers in a new complex that was under construction.

Over the next 15 years we were caretakers in 3 condominium buildings and 3 rental buildings. Each had their own advantages and disadvantages.

Condominium or Rental

Condominiums are run by Strata Councils. Generally about 6 residents will be elected to serve on the council changing every couple of years. Most will do a great job and are a pleasure to work with. Some residents will have an idea they want to change everything and cannot understand that things are done in a certain way and cannot be changed. Some who get on council by simply showing up and being available are elected without anyone knowing what they are all about.

We were hired as caretakers in a condo complex. A resident who was bordering on insanity somehow was elected to serve. He would arrive for a meeting and refused to sit with the rest of the council at the table. He would sit on a couch with a garbage bag full of hats. Every few minutes he would change hats, approximately 20 hats over an hour. At the end of the meeting he would begin to rant and rave about anything that came to mind. Finally, after this went on for a few meetings, he had to be banned from the council.

Who’s The Boss?

Strata councils are not to interfere in the operation of the complex. Some people simply cannot help themselves and will be a pain. They have no authority but they will try. The caretaker is managed by the property manager only.

Then there are real troublemakers. We were recruited by a property manager who hired us as caretakers in a twin-tower complex. Not long afterwards, a group of residents decided they would elect a new council by gathering up a whole bunch of proxies prior to the annual general meeting. Once they took over, they would fire the property management company and bring in another of their own choice. They did this and soon had to eat crow as the new property manager didn’t even have a proper office. Before too long $30,000 from the strata account went missing and was never found. So what about the condominium or rental question?

What of The Rentals?

We were hired as caretakers to manage 1 of the 5 towers in a rental complex. An elderly gentleman owned 8,000 rental units and was excellent to work for. He had been an owner for many years and everything was set up properly. We had a maintenance department who not only handled all of the in-suite problems which arose from time to time but they did suite makeovers on a regular basis. They had a cabinet shop as well. They had a team who repainted the suites, shampooed the carpets, replaced the drapes and painted the entire suite when required. We caretakers were free to simply maintain our jobs and collect the rent.

But, as with the good news, there comes the bad.

The office for the 5 buildings was located in one of the towers. It was managed by a lady who was very smart but over the many years she had been there, she had developed a terrible disposition. She really was unlikable. Prospective tenants would arrive and ask to view a suite. She reminded me of a disgruntled pit bull. Without a word she would call one of the caretakers who would show them around. We almost expected her to growl! We would take them to show a suite and no sooner that we would be out of sight or earshot they would ask why the company would keep such a person. She had an assistant who was very pleasant and a great worker but was treated like dirt by the manager.

Our apartment was very small and we had to put up with a huge desk in our living room. I got along well with the manager but we decided to check out the caretaker market as we didn’t expect things to get better. We had been there for less than a year.

We take a New Job

We checked out the classified pages in the local newspaper and saw an ad for a caretaker couple in a condominium. We were hired after a telephone interview and a quick visit to a very nice tower in a perfect area of the city.

The property management couple were very experienced and managed the three-tower complex from an on-site office. Each tower had a caretaker.

So, What is it to be, Condominium or Rental?

Every job has plusses and minuses, the good and the bad. It will be up to you to decide. I was never the type of person who could stand by and watch people be mean to each other such as in the above rental situation. I would rather move to another job than that. But putting things like that aside I would settle for a caretaker job than the rental. The deciding factor would be the infighting and politics of the condominium strata council.

16 years experience went into our book.

  • Writing your resume
  • Finding a job
  • Job interview
  • Rental buildings
  • Condominiums
  • Daily routines
  • Waste management
  • Fixing things

Benefits you may receive such as;

  • Rent reduction
  • Working from home
  • Free parking, phones, cable, hydro,
  • Vacations
  • Stat holidays
  • Salaries
  • Dental

Once you have read CARETAKERS you will be ready to hit the job market.

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Hearing Loss – Can You Hear Me Now

Approximately 48 million Americans suffer from hearing loss.

More than half of Canadians from 45 to 87 years of age also report hearing losses. These numbers continue to rise as most people suffer from the noise we encounter every day.

My wonderful wife, Irma, was born with a hereditary disease called otosclerosis. The cartilage in her inner ear continually grows and gradually causes her ability to hear. Irma came from a family of 12 and half of her siblings have the disease. A younger sister has undergone a cochlear implant where a hearing device is embedded under the skin behind the ear and is connected to nerves from the ear. Prior to the implant she suffered almost total hearing loss, but after the operation and with some training she hears extremely well.

Each of her siblings have been wearing hearing aids for many years.

Irma was fitted with her first aid 45 years ago, prior to the digital age. She has gone through many upgrades and now wears the most powerful aids available. Her hearing loss status is “profoundly deaf”. In fact, her audiologist does not detect any ability to hear but she feels that a hearing aid in that ear somehow helps her to hear, so she wears her oldest aid in that ear.

Some years ago we purchased a microphone that I could wear around my neck that connected digitally with her aid. When I spoke, she could hear me from a distance of approximately 90 feet. The problem was that when she needed to have a more powerful aid, the neck apparatus wouldn’t work. Since newer features are created almost every day, it was hard to keep up.

Then there is the problem of puffery.

When I first heard the word “puffery” I had to look it up in the dictionary. It simply means an article or story of exaggerating praise that often ignores or downplays opposing viewpoints or evidence to the contrary. Keep this in mind when you check out the advertising related to hearing loss.

Gradually, Irma’s hearing loss got to the point where I continually had to ask, “can you hear me now?” before I spoke.

The price of hearing aids has been rising over the years. Part of the problem is related to the time it takes to fit the aid to the person. The aid is connected to a computer and the data gleaned via the hearing test is employed to program the aid. More often than not a few adjustments may be required before the aid is functioning as it is intended.

We Buy a New Model

BNTBXG Redhead woman wearing hearing aid

A couple of years ago, Irma was having problems with her six-year-old aid. She was quoted over $6,000 for a new pair. We were shopping in our COSTCO store and happened to notice their display of hearing aids. Their most powerful aid was $1,400 so we scheduled an appointment and she was fitted with a new aid. We asked why there was such a difference and were told that COSTCO was a wholesale outlet so we paid wholesale prices. They employed certified audiologists and couldn’t be more helpful. As her aid for her right ear didn’t need to be replaced we only replaced one aid.

Audio Induction Loop

We then installed a hearing loop (sometimes called an audio induction loop). It is a special type of sound system for use by people with hearing aids. The hearing loop provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid when it is set to the ‘T’ (Telecoil) setting. There is a small button on the aid that when it is set, the signal from the TV or microphone is picked up from anywhere in the area of the loop.

In our instance, I installed a light wire around the perimeter of the apartment along the ceiling. Both ends of the wire are connected to a small box that is connected to the TV. I have a small microphone near my chair in our living room. It is also connected to the box. When the TV is on, Irma can hear perfectly from anywhere in the apartment. The TV volume control can be turned off as the signal to the box is sent digitally so I can set my own volume level unlike previously when the volume had to be cranked up to the extreme for her to overcome her hearing loss.

These loop systems are being installed in large rooms, auditoriums, churches and wherever large groups of people gather. If a microphone is used, the hearing impaired will hear very well.

As most seniors know, little by little our bodies go on the fritz, but there are ways and means of taking care of things. Installing a loop is one way to take care of hearing loss.

Walking For Your Health

When was the last time you headed out for a nice, long walk? What prompted you to go? Do you go every day? Will you go again later today or will the one walk suffice?

Walking for your health is the number one exercise you can do for yourself. We hear this every day from doctors and health specialists, but do we simply hear it or do we do something about it? Perhaps our story will prompt you to give it a try.

Joe Quits Smoking

At 10 years of age, I had my first cigarette and although I was coughing and my throat was sore, I didn’t stop! At 18, I joined the navy and soon I was able to purchase a carton, yes a whole carton, for $1.00 and was smoking two packs per day. It was a love/hate relationship with nicotine. I was a walking stick: skinny, pale and coughing all of the time. No one had to tell me I was a mess, I knew it! Oh yes I tried to quit but something always got in the way. I would last perhaps eight hours and give up. Once, I quit for six months but the brain says, “go ahead, one will not hurt you!” but it did and I was right back to the two-pack-a-day habit.

I hated smoking. I would get out of bed in the morning and have coffee and a cigarette before heading out to work. There would be two more before I arrived and I was smoking all day. I couldn’t stand looking at myself in the mirror while shaving. I had that “grey sickness” look; pale and ashen. One morning, I looked at my tongue and it looked like a brown shag carpet!

The Trigger to Stop

I believe that was the moment I decided I needed to quit. Walking for health hadn’t entered my mind as yet. I just had to quit or I was going to die. I looked around at my little family of four beautiful daughters and my gorgeous wife and made the decision: I would quit!

As I crossed over an intersection on my way home from work, I decided the date would be one week from now that I would smoke my last cigarette! Arriving home, I would let on I was sick and go directly to bed. I would stay in bed for three nights and on the fourth morning I would arise, tell Irma I would never smoke again, eat breakfast and go to work — that was my plan. Everything went off as planned and I was smoke free. That was 50 years ago!

So Now What?

The first evening, I arrived home from work and we ate supper. Afterward, I suggested we take the kids for a walk to get out of the house and away from any temptation to find a cigarette. We lived out in a very rural area without any street lighting. It was dark so we took along a flashlight to light up our way. It seems so short now but we walked along the road and went as far as our neighbors driveway where we turned around. Arriving home, I took the car and drove to where we had turned around and upon arriving home, I discovered we had walked half a mile. The next evening, we went to the next driveway past that one and within the week we were walking two miles each evening. The entire family loved the walks. Soon, we were walking the two miles to our church and back each Sunday.

Feeling Better

Walking for health became a lifelong habit. I remember when fall arrived and the days grew short and the snows came to our area it became a little too dangerous to walk on the roadway. I decided I would walk in the woods on our little trails. Irma and I would head out in the pitch dark and set rabbit snares. We loved rabbit stew and enjoyed many great meals. Irma sort of lost her taste for rabbit after finding a rabbit in a snare that was caught by a leg and we had no choice but to put him out of his misery. I was feeling much better, color returned to my face, food tasted better and I no longer coughed my head off — it was amazing!

After a few months, Irma and I were walking five miles per day. The weather didn’t bother us. It had to be pretty bad for us to skip a walk. We were walking an average of 1,500 miles per year!

Walking in The City

Eventually, we arrived in the city. The health benefits of walking allowed us to not only work a full day but it was nothing for us to walk for an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening. Walking on concrete was a little hard on the legs so we found out where the parks were and walking on the paths was easier.

We found a book on 109 hikes around Vancouver in British Columbia where we resided. Every Friday evening we would study the book, select a hike and on Saturday morning we would head out. The beauty of British Columbia is phenomenal! Soon, we began to take our backpacks and the tent and go for an overnight camping trip wherever we wanted. We loved those trips. Hiking in the mountains through the most incredible scenery was perfect. We loved the Whistler area of BC where the mountains go as high as 8,000 feet or more.

Feeling Great at 82 Years of Age

For all of these years, we have had great health. Walking for health has allowed us to stay healthy except for a few problems. We seemed to recoup our health quickly post-op. Irma had part of a lung removed and I had a hip replacement. Both of us were back walking in no time. I contracted Parkinson’s Disease about nine years ago. Apart from a tremor in one hand I have no other symptoms. Now is that because of our walking? Do I have some slow-moving type of Parkinson’s?

Parkinson’s Disease and Walking

Most experts will agree that walking for health really works. By the time we are diagnosed with PD we have had the disease in our bodies for more than 10 years! Some experts believe we have it in our bodies for most of our lives. Physical walking gets everything within our bodies working as it should. When we walk, our bodies appear to enjoy it; our feet feel better and we may start out with a few kinks, feel sluggish or cool but, in less than five or six minutes, we warm up and perk up. Kinks, what kinks? The question becomes, do I have a slow-moving form of PD or has the lifetime of walking helped to keep the symptoms away, or under control?

A Lifetime of Fitness

Walking has a whole range of benefits. You get yourself a good pair of walking shoes and hit the trail. There isn’t any charge for walking because it is free. There are no green fees and no tennis court charges. Simply place one foot in front of the other and that’s it. The title of this post is, walking for your health — a truer statement has never been coined.

Caretaking – What a Wonderful Life

I would guess there are very few people in this world that would say they have the perfect job. This statement may be a little off the wall but given that a building caretaker job calls for mature (seniors and retirees welcome) people, Irma and I can testify that this career is outstanding!

We Loved The Career

Caretaking – what a wonderful life my wife Irma and I have enjoyed. We went from being jobless and too old for an employer to consider, to being comfortably set up in a nice apartment, good salaries, benefits and working from home. We didn’t need to commute to work. We had free parking, phones, cable TV, internet, holidays and vacations.

Working Together.

In a way, we looked after the house. We did what most couples do; we cleaned and repaired things as they became dirty or worn out. The only difference for us was that our house was big. One of our last caretaker jobs consisted of 126 rooms. Since it was a condominium we didn’t need to do anything inside those rooms because we worked together. This is why we can say caretaking is such a wonderful life.

Irma was an expert detailer; she was happiest cleaning around the laundry or the elevators and lobby. Men simply don’t have a penchant for this kind of work. We don’t see where a child might have placed his or her hand on a glass entry door. I could busy myself mopping the lobby floor, cleaning the garbage room, changing the compactor or running the backup generator. We worked as a team. She knew me so well and we are now counting down to our 60th wedding anniversary.

Financially, We Were Now Sound.

We had our government pensions coming in as well as our salaries. Things had greatly improved for us since we found our first caretaking job.

We would start our day with a nice 45-minute walk in a park across the street. By 8:00 AM we would be checking out the building and getting busy cleaning the lobby, laundry room and elevators. I would do a walkabout on each floor and the roof. From the roof I could eyeball the surrounding grounds and I would check the garbage rooms. At 10:00 AM we would stop for coffee and by that time, we would have an idea of what was urgent and needed to be deal with right away. I would meet with the property manager for a few minutes around 11:30 and then Irma and I would clean the recreation centre and pool. By noon, we were off to have lunch.

Our Regular Work Day

We would vacuum the hallways once weekly and our dumpsters needed changing as required. I was responsible for maintaining the cleaning supplies for two similar towers so I sometimes needed to go to the wholesalers for more goods. I was paid extra for this as well as for maintaining the locks in those other buildings as well. Once a week I ran the backup generator and the other two caretakers and I would test the fire alarms. Once that was done, we three couples would get together for coffee and sweets at which time we would discuss any urgent problems. As need be we would check the grounds outside, and perhaps rake up leaves around the tennis court. We had a snowblower to keep the snow cleared away from the driveway and walkways.

Generally by 3:00 or 3:30 our day’s work would be finished and we would be back in our apartment. After 4:00 PM we were free. Our answering machine would record any calls if we were away.

The Benefits Were Excellent

We worked a five-day week, earned $46,000 per year and paid $475 per month in rent. The apartment we had was very nice with a living room, bedroom, kitchen and bath. Similar apartments rented for $1,100 in the area. Now this was the reason why I often stated that caretaking was such a wonderful life.

Is Every Caretaking Job Like This?

I would say this was average. Rental buildings were a little more work but if I had to ever do it over again caretaking would be my top job on the list.

The great advantage we had over younger folks was that because we were older we were in high demand by property managers. They want older, more mature couples. What other job is there where being a senior, retiree, or mature worker is an asset?

16 years experience went into our book.

  • Writing your resume
  • Finding a job
  • Job interview
  • Rental buildings
  • Condominiums
  • Daily routines
  • Waste management
  • Fixing things

Benefits you may receive such as;

  • Rent reduction
  • Working from home
  • Free parking, phones, cable, hydro,
  • Vacations
  • Stat holidays
  • Salaries
  • Dental

Once you have read CARETAKERS you will be ready to hit the job market.

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Winners and Losers

As we live our lives we meet all kinds of people.

Some always stand out from the crowd and they become leaders who do not hesitate. When the situation calls for someone to take charge, they do not hesitate to step forward. Then there are losers who, for one reason or other, sink to the bottom of the barrell and don’t fit in with the rest of humanity. They spend their lives trying to get there but they cannot succeed.

Most of Our Residents Were Excellent

We managed a pair of towers with 278 condominium apartments and many fantastic residents. These people were hard-working folks who went about their jobs diligently. As usual, there were winners and losers as we find in every walk of life.

Sub-rentals were permitted in these towers; an owner could rent out his apartment to a prospective tenant if he so wished. One of these renters fit into the losers category to a tee.

Wayne was a loser! He had been in prison a couple of times for minor infractions. He was trying to fit in with the low life but was even too stupid to stay out of jail. He owned a shop in the sleazy part of the city and had been raided many times for selling pot. His live-in girlfriend had been arrested repeatedly for prostitution. When it came to winners this guy was the total opposite; a born loser and you could call him a social reject.

Our building was managed by a very reputable property management company that occupied an office on the 13th floor of a bank building next door to ours. Our property manager informed me that our loser couple were from time to time having sex in the middle of the day with the drapes wide open. Of course this was highly visible from a few floors in the office building and it was causing quite a disruption among the staff. The property manager had been trying to get rid of this loser and finally he found a loophole in the tenancy agreement that allowed him to be evicted.

Now, when it comes to winners and losers, this guy took the cake. He had an extra key made for the building entry door and gave it to one of his loser friends who was known to hang out with, ‘Wayne the loser’.

A week after Wayne was evicted his loser friend was seen entering the building after midnight. He took the elevator to the 11th floor where he kicked the elevator panel so hard it had to be replaced. He then entered the stairwell and opened the valve for the water supply for the fire hose. This was a four-inch pipe that was connected to the powerful water pumps in the bottom floor of the tower. The water blasted out, pounding the drywall off the wall in the stairwell and quickly flooded every one of the lower 10 floors soaking carpets and contents in every suite. It was a huge mess! He was then seen trying to gain entry to the second tower by way of the underground parking garage but he couldn’t get in. He was seen tossing a fire extinguisher through the back window of a nice pickup truck before exiting the building.

What a mess we had on our hands!

The power had to be shut off because of the water. Irma and I lived on the 20th floor and had to walk up and down for the day as well as all of the residents. A restoration company had to use an emergency generator to power the 50 heavy-duty fans to dry out the place. The carpets from the hallways and 64 suites had to be replaced. It took over a month to get things back to normal.

Costly Vandalism

When the insurance adjuster checked things out he discovered a joint on the water supply pipe that had been involved had come apart from the pressure of the pumps had been improperly secured when the system was installed. Two set screws were not secured to hold the joint together thus causing the joint to come apart. The onus was now on the plumbing company to cover the $150,000 insurance claim.

Yes, there are winners and losers in this world and caretakers may meet up with them from time to time!

16 years experience went into our book.

  • Writing your resume
  • Finding a job
  • Job interview
  • Rental buildings
  • Condominiums
  • Daily routines
  • Waste management
  • Fixing things

Benefits you may receive such as;

  • Rent reduction
  • Working from home
  • Free parking, phones, cable, hydro,
  • Vacations
  • Stat holidays
  • Salaries
  • Dental

Once you have read CARETAKERS you will be ready to hit the job market.

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Struck by Lightning

Lightning is always dangerous as we never know where it will hit next. Weather conditions build up and create a huge bundle of energy and when it releases, it does so with a huge bang and flash and it will probably damage something.

This is the story about what happened when our building was hit.

Irma and I had been caretakers for about three years and were managing a beautiful three-building condominium complex containing 246 apartments on four floors. We had never been struck by lightning. In the center court a driveway encircled a very nice water fountain that was surrounded by fancy brickwork. The parking was underground. The electrical power was supplied by way of a power line that came from the street and was fed underground to the electrical room in the underground parking area.

We Were Struck

One afternoon while an electrical storm was underway we were struck by lightning. The strike hit a pole and traveled down the wire, through an electrical box under the ground, followed the wire underground under the floor of the parkade and into the electrical room where it blew a huge fuse effectively shutting down the power to the entire complex.

Immediately I checked a couple of houses nearby and they still had power. I rushed to the electrical room where I was met by a resident who had been involved in the mining industry. A second resident came on the scene and told us he had been in business for 40 years as an electrical contractor. He had a quick look and advised me that the fuse was blown. With a flashlight he noted the fuse number and I called the property manager and asked him to order a new fuse. Unfortunately, none were available in the city. I had to purchase 50 flashlights and place them on top of our emergency lighting boxes in the hallways.

A Lighting System Arrives

The next morning a huge, self-contained generator system arrived and got us up and running.

Late that afternoon the courier arrived with our new fuses. I called the retired electrical contractor and he took the old one out and replaced it. Instantly, there was a loud bang. I really thought that one or both of the elderly gents would have a heart attack as the noise was that loud!

Fortunately, neither of them did. Now we had more trouble than we had bargained for. The property manager finally called in an electrical contractor who outlined the mistakes that were made. First, there was a spare fuse box next to the machine on the wall with two fuses. Second, the retired contractor had no idea how to get the job done. Third, the big electrical transformers, or whatever they were, had to be taken out to a shop where they would be repaired. We would be out of electrical power for two to three weeks!

If Only We Had Known

Finally, he explained that turning the power back on was not as simple as it seemed as each section of the complex had to be powered up slowly so as to avoid power surges to the system. Being struck by lightning and having the wrong advisors around proved to be a costly mistake. The final cost was over $100,000; fortunately, it was insured.

Shortly after the strike occurred I went out to the fountain in the courtyard and saw that the brickwork was covered with what looked like worms. We learned that on the west coast moss grows quickly so the lightning strike caused the moss to be ejected from between the bricks!

Two months later we were again struck by lightning. Fortunately, other than a couple of holes in the vinyl siding and all of the telephones being damaged in one area of the building, we got off lucky.

16 years experience went into our book.

  • Writing your resume
  • Finding a job
  • Job interview
  • Rental buildings
  • Condominiums
  • Daily routines
  • Waste management
  • Fixing things

Benefits you may receive such as;

  • Rent reduction
  • Working from home
  • Free parking, phones, cable, hydro,
  • Vacations
  • Stat holidays
  • Salaries
  • Dental

Once you have read CARETAKERS you will be ready to hit the job market.

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