The Electrical Contractor Network

ECN Electrical Forum
Discussion Forums for Electricians, Inspectors and Related Professionals

Books, Tools and Test Equipment for Electrical and Construction Trades

   
Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#5915 - 12/13/01 03:44 PM the Honeymooners
sparky Offline
Member
Registered: 10/18/00
Posts: 5545
Off to a slew of residential service calls to the elderly, senior shut-ins who's months highlight is having a tradesman show up...

So they gotta flow me around , not content to watch, they actually debate my every move.

I'm silent, sucking in the 'Ralph & Alice' bit's puns & jabs, awaiting decision....

tic,tic,tic,tic...

the Honeymooners.... alive & well in Vermont
Top
Work Gear for Electricians and the Trades
#5916 - 12/13/01 07:31 PM Re: the Honeymooners
Redsy Offline
Member
Registered: 03/28/01
Posts: 2138
Loc: Bucks County PA
That reminds me...
Spring 1980.
Maintenance man at apartment complex.
Job ticket - change light fixture in apartment.

After spending 1/2 hour changing fixture, I kindly listen to the wheelchair bound woman talk non-stop about her being a shut-in and having no family or friends. After about 1/2 hr. or so, I start wanting to leave but can't seem to get away. Slyly, I reached into my back pocket to key the microphone on my walkie-talkie. As soon as the office responds to my bogus keying, I say into microphone " OK, boss, I'll get right on it". Tell the lady I have to go on emergency call. On the way back to the office I am so pleased with myself for being so clever, that I can't wait to tell the office crew. When I get to the office, no sooner do I tell my story than the phone rings. It's the woman. "The nice young man left his tools here". You can guess the rest.
Top
#5917 - 12/14/01 12:15 AM Re: the Honeymooners
Tiffany Sparks Offline
Member
Registered: 10/04/01
Posts: 79
Loc: Iron River, Wi USA
Long winded, one-sided conversations can be stressful.
Another trick is to tactfully turned off the pager, then turned it back on again. Then say you have to go "call in", after the series of beeps that sounded when first turning on the pager. Be sure to use your cell phone in your truck!!
Works everytime.

Tiff
Top
#5918 - 12/14/01 08:09 AM Re: the Honeymooners
mamills Offline
Member
Registered: 11/30/01
Posts: 739
Loc: Wharton, Texas, USA
HA! HA! HA!(...he laughed slyly) Been there, done that!! It also works well when you have to break away from an overextended telephone conversation, too. It's certainly the least insulting way of doing it that I have seen. Best wishes for a joyous holiday season to y'all!

Mike (mamils)
Top

Featured:

2017 NEC and Related
2017 NEC
Now Available!

Shout Box

Recent Posts
License exam
by TRUE POWER
48 minutes 0 seconds ago
Looking for older post
by sparkyinak
Today at 12:27 AM
Members: Non-Members: Did you know?
by Admin
Yesterday at 02:34 PM
Safety at heights?
by HotLine1
01/21/17 08:51 PM
International Wire Colour Codes
by Texas_Ranger
01/21/17 03:29 PM

Who's Online
1 registered (Admin), 92 Guests and 10 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
New in the Gallery:
Desk-mounted "power-board"
Top Posters
gfretwell 9066
Trumpy 8560
pauluk 7693
HotLine1 6833
sparky 5545
Member Spotlight
Member Since: 03/13/07
Posts: 167

ECN Electrical Forums - sponsored by Electrical Contractor Network - Electrical and Code Related Discussion for Electrical Contractors, Electricians, Inspectors, Instructors, Engineers and other related Professionals