Appreciating a job well done

Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 04:48 PM.

Many things begin as a tiny period and then grow into exclamation points. Most of us occasionally make tiny innocuous statements that acquire lives of their own.

Such thoughts of mine tend to be about trips to new places. The mental snowball begins rolling when I offhandedly mention something like, “You know, maybe we should think about going to … .” By the time I start checking prices and schedules, it can start an avalanche.

The idea balloons my wife Ann float generally involve some sort of construction or landscaping around the house. And so it was last week when she mentioned, “We should get that storage room door fixed.”

By “fixed” she meant replaced. When we had the addition built onto our house, it included a storage area off the patio for rakes, shovels, hoses and whatever else we could jam in.

For some unfathomable reason, the builders made the door open inward. That meant anytime we went into the storeroom it was half full of door. It made no sense.

I subscribe to the “happy wife, happy life” philosophy of marriage, so as Captain Picard likes to command, I took steps to “make it so.” To that end I called my regular construction guy, which brings me to the core of this column.

Every now and then I run into folks in the trades who do especially noteworthy work. A year or so ago I mentioned a particular painter in the vein.

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