After the storage shed period in which my wife worked for the mid eastern store owner we wound up renting
a mans kitchen floor as sleeping space.As bad as that sounds,,it gets worse.
The fellow we were renting from seemed to be a very nice person who happened to like to drink vodka.A lot.He
was working midnight shifts as a clerk at the convenience store across from the one my wife worked at .My wife had spoken
to him on many occasions throughout the time she worked at that store.And having said something about no shower and etcetera,,,he
offered a shower and a bit of floor space to us.
To fully recount this episode here would take up way more space than planned. It's a story suitable for telling
seperately. So,,I'll say it like this,nice place,,nice man from a Catholic family with mental or emotional problems who drank
too much,help up from a drunken stumble claimed to be an attack,,lunatic landlord,constantly changing rent fees due,,and someone
'molesting' my male dog.On top of that,fire danger from improper,unneeded,overuse of electric space heater narrowly averted,,twice.And
Then,,we answered an ad in the classifieds for a warehouse unit.For the price of renting a house,,and without
first,last and security,,we moved right out of the shed and kitchen into a commercial warehouse unit with a roll up bay door
and 2 little office rooms.
My wife was working for the celebrity and I was,,again,,trying to put together a web site/domain while attempting
to cultivate some paying work.Although I wound up being limited by our dog howling when left alone.The painter next door and
the self named 'Preacher' guy on the other side called the Humane Society several times about her.Even though the HS approved
their care and quarters I was informed that repeated calls can lead to removal of the dogs.
That meant me leaving while my wife wasn't there increased the risk of 'losing' our dogs since the dog wouldn't
stop howling,,and we knew that.I focused even more on the web and custom work.My wife showed the celeb some of my notebooks
and according to my wife she seemed interested in what she seen. During the course of this period I even designed and made
templates for a multi-model line of unique beach,resort or yard furniture.The celeb never seen them,,but I worked them up.I
still have the plans today,,somewhere around here.I never spoke to the celeb though,,not even on the phone.
Even though one would think that working for such a celebrity as she did that my wife would have been raking
in some decent pay.Especially since the 'head chef' had been a teacher of hers in a culinary class she took years ago,,and
still had to show him how to do stuff.But she was only getting 9 bucks an hour.Literally 37 years of experience and she was
getting paid ONLY 9 dollars an hour.And the celeb was of an ethnic group that alledgedly disliked and opposed 'socialist'
type ideologies in their country of origin,has more money than some small states have in their budgets and she pays crap wages
for hi dollar resort work.And the person in question is more skillful,productive,efficient,talented and experienced at managing
a kitchen to turn profits with higher customer satisfaction levels in the food service biz than the 'head chef' is!Oh,,yeah,,he,,the
chef was an immigrant from a small island nation.Fair is Fair,,Or is it??
That situation was adjusted by Frances and Jeanne,,those two big blowhards.They came along and blew the resort
into the surf.Exactly which one did it,,I am not sure.But it went into the surf regardless of which one blew it over.It was
no surprise to me since I had worked at the place a couple of times through my life doing remodeling work and knew the pool
had been cracked and leaking for about 2 decades.It was a reason the former owners had a problem selling it untill the celebs
husbands company came along.2 direct hits by strong,wet hurricanes in a 2 week period was bound to take a toll on the damaged
pool.It was between the two towers of the small complex so when it was taken out,,one of the towers went with it,,and fell
in the surf.Eventually,,the fish would be happy with their new 'resort' accomodations once they dragged it further out to
make it a reef base.
Now,,the hurricanes and their aftermath IS another story that I won't get into here.It involves,,our new landlord,,a
SNAFU with FEMA due to an 'incorrect landlord address' on our lease,a long wait for repairs,,bad teeth,black mold,, puking,the
worst pains I ever felt,puking,,inability to eat for about a month,pain, puking,an ambulance trip to Wendys to meet an S.O.,puking,pain,a
doctor going on Christmas vaction,pain,puking,infection getting into my nervous system, puking, pain,being told to go home
and die by a hospital employee, pain,,puking, two painful heart attacks,,maybe a third,,puking,internal organ shutdown, pain,
puking,two hospitals,a solid week on iv's,puking,pain,the 'literally over crowded with hispanics' clinic telling me there
was nothing wrong with me and saying I needed to go to a mental health program,,pain,puking,being sent to the wrong place
and having the dentist at the clinic want to pull just one tooth,puking, pain,, ulcer medication rather than treatment for
pancreatitus or painkillers,pain,pain, puking,puking,being told by a nurse that the doctor prescribed certain medications
(painkillers) but that I wasn't gonna get them,pain,puking, pain, several hospital stays,pain,puking, multiple visits and
over 100,000 dollars in painful medical bills.Puking and pain.And thirst like I had never had any water ever in my life.
Of course all the above means,,I allmost died a couple of times and as of this writing,, have not yet totally
recuperated from the effects of it all and am heavily in debt.The really bad thing is,,I still hurt.I sometimes hurt all over,,for
hours and hours.Like I have been in a day long bar fight,,and got the worse end of all the pool sticks and bar stools in the
joint.Or fighting a 'wild fire' during a Florida summer for a couple of days in a row.Or lumping cabbage trucks all week long.Other
times I get transitory pains that feel like they start in one place,,then shoot to another part of my body,,leaving a trail
of fire as they go.Some times some part of my body or another will just throb like a bass drum or vibrate with what feels
like the after effects of being shocked.My whole body feels like that on occasion.Then there are the 'blossoming blooms' of
electricity that come out of nowhere and hit me like a bare electric wire,,pulsate for awhile then just disappear only to
show up some where else.Often,,a pain will settle in one spot and stay there for hours or even a couple of days,,just throbbing
hard enough to not let me forget about it.Naggingly.And it is the worst when such as I described hits me in my guts,,internally.It
scares me untill I can tell if it's actually a 'new problem exhibiting' or if it's one of the 'come and goes'.
Like I said,,too long for this piece of work.
After the towers fell into the surf and the money from FEMA ran out,,officially,, that Dec 25th was the day
that the last of the money was used to pay rent.It was also the first day of the second hospital stay for me,,with a dire
Well,,I think it was.The date,,not the prognosis.My memories from the time and the two months or so before
it are really blurry for the most part and totally absent for some parts.And for a long while after,,they aren't that sharp
either.Believe it or not,,part of what they were medicating me with was adavan(spl?).I suppose as a tranquilizer or sedative,yet
one of it's listed uses are to 'induce amnesia',,among many others.
Some time before my first hospital stay,I think,my wife had started working for the painter next door.Yeah,,the
one that called the HS about our dog.No,,she had never painted before.But,,like my baby does,,she is currently the best painter
he has and customers like her so much they ask for her specifically.
He also employs many immigrants.That's not a bad thing.He also has a tendency to hire 'disadvantaged,desperate,white
folks with problems'.That's not a bad thing either.How he seems to expect folks to beg him for work is a bad thing. The way
he plays up and often appears to instigate,,a workers 'desperation',, regardless of immigrant status or not,,in order to gain
what he seems to believe is advantage,,is as well.
I have watched how this man runs his biz for awhile.He is,,in my estimation,, using common biz practices.The
welder across the street and most I have ever seen work the same way.Hire the 'disadvantaged and desperate',,especially those
with little or no related skills..for low,low wages.Charge hi and pay low rates for labor.Deliver inferior goods or products
produced by unskilled, inexperienced, disadvantaged,desperate workers.Complain about insurance costs inflated through events
involving those types of workers.Inflate the costs called 'overhead' while purchasing inferior goods for a lesser price,then
complain about not being able to find good help while telling his customers that they have to pay for what they get,,,even
if he doesn't extend that to his employees by hiring and paying for good workers.And complain,cry,lie,cheat,befuddle,belittle
and demean in order to play boss.I say that because,,playing boss and being a business owner aren't the same.Bossing a business
and managing a business are two entirely different things.
The welder,,who is also my landlord made a deal with my wife and a friend of hers to clean up a vacated unit
and the property of debris after the hurricanes for 10 dollars an hour.After I got out of the hosptal,,and in between stays,,I
took over the property debris aspect since the friend had left and my wife was working for the painter.In the course of four
months I put in 30 hours bringing the total due to 40 with the 5 each my wife and her friend had put in on the unit.That's
a total of 400 bucks that the guy still owes us,,me.
The ironic thing about that is,,before I got ill,,before the deal was instituted by him,,I had been keeping
the property up simply because it needed it and I make it a practice to take care of my surroundings.It was due in part to
my efforts that added impetous to him purchasing it.Now,,I don't do a thing outside of my duly prescribed by the lease obligations
and responsibilities.And since paying ten bucks an hour was too much to pay a white native American for good yard work he
now has an employee of his welding shop who came over on a boat from Haiti under an assumed name over 20 years ago doing it
badly for about 8 dollars an hour.And he treats the guy like a dog.In my opinion that is.
Just recently he was looking for someone to spray paint auto quality finishes onto his shops product and a
truck or two.I do not know what happened with the guy he had doing it for the five years we have been here but maybe a lack
of adequate compensation for quality work had something to do with him leaving.As I understood it from a welder who left his
employ not long ago he pays too low for the work wanted from his employees.Yet,,even though it is indisputable that I can
deliver the quality desired,,he owes me 400 dollars and would have to make good on that before I even discussed anything else
with him.And he knows I won't do it for less than 20 bucks an hour,,because that's fair in my estimation for that type of
AND,,like he did do,,he can put a different Haitian immigrant with no experience at it for about 8 dollars
an hour to work on it.
Like the painter next door.He accepts inferior workers for low pay,,then complains his business suffers from
lack of quality on his employees part.Claims costs go up due to it,,yet hires two like that instead of paying one man both
wages for hi-quality work.Yeah,,me.I can out spray anyone he can find,,but I won't do it at such muck layer wages as he can
pay the Mexicans he has working for him.Even my wife gets shamed and demeaned,,she out paints every man he has working for
him,,runs the jobs by default,and provides great customer relations and repeat cutomer conversions,,yet she only gets 13.50
Thats the same as the guys that put out inferior quality work at a slower rate with more aggravation and delay.Shouldn't
the better worker get the better pay?Check this out,my wife has been bucking for more money for awhile,he won't increase her
pay a penny,,yet,,,the other day he asked my wife if she wanted to have two guys with her on the jobs,,simply to keep her
company.Sounds like a kind, considerate man,,right?
He was,,or is,,willing to add 27 dollars to the hourly cost of the job to keep her company,,but won't pay
her 20 dollars an hour to do good,quick work while by herself.Oh,,yeah,,the two guys are Mexican immigrants on worker visas
that don't work all year because they have to go back.I don't get that.
To top it off,,,I have offered to work for as low as 5 dollars an hour in his shop for 30 hours a week and
he has flatly rejected the idea.I have offered to handle daily management duties for the same rate.Imagine,,,paperwork,cleanup
and equipment management as well as maintenance for 5 bucks an hour.I can't get that.BUT,,he pays 13.50 for slow,low quality
work,that gets him nothing more than 'paint spreading',which is just as much as he pays my wife for above average, quick,
efficient work.I don't get it.
Why pay the same price for slow work that the workers have to go over more than once to get right when you
could pay good workers more money to do it right the first time?Isn't that a sound business principle?Doesn't it make fiscal
How about thism one,,we had a few jobs come from our former landlord who is a contractor.We charged 20 per
man hour and beat his time schedule by two weeks.He was happy,,we were happy.
He was a country fella,,rode horses and such,,typical redneck type.But he didn't seem prejudice at all.He
had many Mexicans working for him and seemed real nice and sociable with them.
The day came when he wanted us to do his fathers house real quick,,in one week,,inside,outside and a garage
shop out building about 25 by 30.In one week.We could do it but we needed two more people to do it that quick.No big deal,,we
had done it before and there was satisfaction all around.Well,,two days went by,,we advanced at a good pace.It was planned
that during the day,,my wife and two workers would do the rolling,cutting,caulking and etcetera during the day and I would
come spray as needed at night.
That went okay,,untill he finally showed up on the site and seen our workers. They were black.According to
the workers,, while my wife had left to come get me and the sprayer,he had went off on them.He was hollering about how people
were trying to nigger him then started telling them to do stuff they weren't hired to do,,in other words,,not painting related.Started
attacking their work and then he ordered them off the job and property.When me and my wife showed up they were gone. He claimed
he didn't know where they were and tried to say they hadn't been there and how we were trying to nigger him over the job somehow
and that HE was going to do the spraying and we could keep rolling and brushing.Like suddenly he was a painter and could do
it himself.He even said that to me.
When he did,,I took into consideration that since he had a sprayer,,an old,old one that he had just now got
running,,that would get splatter everywhere and cause a solid week of cleanup,,that we could let him do just that.Do it by
We packed up,,gave him an invoice for work done,,and left.We haven't done any jobs for him since,,and don't
miss it.Well,,to our surprise by that time,,we did get paid for the job,,yet not surprisingly,,,minus the man hours for the
two black workers.We paid them their due out of ours and ate the loss.
Fair IS fair.
Or is it?
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