One of my dreams about retirement was that I would never again have to deal with anyone with whom I didn’t want to deal. This was a comforting thought all those years when I was working trying to appease unhappy customers, motivate recalcitrant employees, and calm agitated executives.
Unfortunately, the reality is significantly different from my dreams. Since retiring and moving, I have had to deal with multiple people with whom I would rather not deal. Here is a partial list of them:
The junk guy I hired to haul away the leftover boxes from moving
The electric company guy
The gas company guy
The cable guy
The internet guy
The tree trimmer guy
The first sod guy
The second sod guy (once the first guy’s sod died rather immediately and spectacularly)
The lawn treatment guy
The electrician guy
The second electrician guy (after the first electrician guy inherited a bunch of money and called in rich before completing my job)
The sprinkler guy
The first handyman guy who replaced the large steps at my mother’s mobile home with tiny little steps she could manage
The second handyman guy I hired to take away the rubble left by said first handyman guy who replaced the mobile home stairs
The home warranty guy
The air conditioner guy
And the list goes on.
It isn’t that any of these are bad people. In fact, most of them are very nice. Or at least, they say “yes ma’am” a lot which is not, I realize, strictly speaking, the same thing. Still, I would rather people say “yes ma’am” and at least appear sympathetic than snarl in my face. Also, I did genuinely like most of these folks. The problem is that I’d rather not spend my time, money, and energy fixing the problems these people represent.
Also, these vendors in this new community don’t exactly have a sense of urgency in responding to their customers’ requests (or at least this customer’s requests). They are also pretty optimistic, which is a euphemism for “living in a fantasy world,” when they tell you how long it will take to complete jobs. I think making an appointment to show up at any given time is always contingent upon how the fishing is that day.
Another of my dreams of retirement was moving to a place where the pace of life was a bit slower and I didn’t have to do everything in the most efficient way humanly possible. That dream has come true. It is nice not doing everything in the most efficient way humanly possible. The thing is- no one else does, either.
Now it’s your turn! What are your thoughts? Please share your perspective by leaving a comment. In the alternative, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.