Friday, January 11, 2013
One Small Town Character
I have found that most small town characters don't work, they just hang around. This small town character works. He works out of his house and yard and is an air/conditioning/heating repairman. Our furnace has been on the blink for a few weeks now and we've survived with two electric heaters and of course the bath room heater. John won't call a company, he has been trying to connect with Small Town Character. Nothing wrong with being a STC or being different, I just find he and his wife interesting. I have never seen him in anything but overalls. His wife always wears a dress to the ground and her hair up in a grandma knot even though they are not as old as we are. The repair truck is rusty from top to bottom but apparantly runs fine as he has been driving it for as long as I have known them. She drives a big old car, the kind that seems to be encased in a lot of heavy metal and would guzzle gas. They live in a old house that has character like they do. They have trails through between stacks of books. Their back yard has probably every spare part he has ever taken off a piece of equipment. I'm sure he thinks he may need them someday and he may. Their method of billing is strange. When he finishes a repair job and John ask how much he owes, STC says well we will see if it keeps working first. John has owed him for about three service calls for about two years and tells him to send a bill, but he doesn't. He had our furnace working in less then an hour but still woudn't produce a bill. He said I want to check it again in a week. John said then I want to pay you all I owe you from service calls in the past. He said okay. Another thing everytime he comes he teases about eating with us what ever meal is near. Today I told John go get a pizza or some breakfast tacos and have him eat with you. STC refused, said his wife will have his lunch ready when he gets home. You might say bake them some cookies. I don't think they eat anything like that. He does repairs at some businesses. I wonder if he sends them a bill. Maybe he is rich man and just works as a hobby and at being a Small Town Character.