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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Thursday, April 24th, 2008 01:08 pm
doin it wrong

Adventures in finding a landscaper ...

(1)

I received a helpful email forward this morning, this one's tale of suspense and horror involving a female student whose life was saved by dialing *77 on her cell phone when a would-be rapist in an unmarked "police car" pulled her over. Apparently dialing *77 connects the caller directly with "state tropper info" (in "ALL 50 STATES!!!").

... Sent to me by the manager of a landscape company that did some work for me a month ago, who has heretofore failed to reply to any of my repeated requests for an invoice or a time when the crew would be returning to start the monthly maintenance service we arranged.

"Thanks Sandy!" I replied. "Wow, I didn't know about this. Have you tried it? I just did, and got a message that my call could not be completed. I tried three times. Maybe I did it wrong! By the way, do you think you could send that invoice I asked for? And can you let me know when your crew will be coming? Oh - and also, it's ok if you don't include me on your email list for these helpful tips. I use this email address only for business. Thanks!"

The response: "I DONT USUALLY JUST DO A BLIND SEND OUT BUT THAUGHT THAT THIS WAS IMPORTANT"

"Hi Sandy, safety sure is important! But I don't think this works--did you try it? Anyway, can you send that invoice when you get a chance? Thank you!"

(2)

So I suspected I'd have to find a new landscape company prior to this exchange, so I hit up Angie's List and found a good candidate, which I contacted via email two days ago. A friendly dude named Bruce gave me a call back and left a message twice that evening and then again the next day.

When I got a chance to call back yesterday afternoon, I left a message with the answering service. This prompted three more calls back: the first while I was at dinner with friends, the second later at 10:15pm, and the third this morning at 7:40am.

Famine, then feast. Really, all I want is someone, um, SANE, to come and help me take care of my garden.

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thatsassylassie
thatsassylassie
thatsassylassie
Thursday, April 24th, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)

and the mere fact that landscapers CHOOSE to do yard work outside in our beautiful Oregon weather should tell you something about the type of people the industry attracts. ;)


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Thursday, April 24th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)

Worse than attorneys!


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thatsassylassie
thatsassylassie
thatsassylassie
Thursday, April 24th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)

at least most of the attorneys I know are smart enough to come in out of the rain. ;)


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polarbear
polarbear
No Time For Love, Dr. Jones
Thursday, April 24th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
stupid people = lulz.

It's been around since 2002.

Using your cell phone to contact a police dispatcher (as advised in the email) is also an option, but be aware that the "dial #77" or "*77" option does not work in every state. If you aren't sure, dial 911 instead. (Contact your local/state police or the American Automobile Association for specific information about emergency cell phone numbers in your area.)


2004 Update: Ontario, Canada Version -- Same story, but in this variant we are told that Lauren dialed *677 to reach the OPP (Ontario Provincial Police).


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Thursday, April 24th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
Re: stupid people = lulz.

Yup, but I decided against the idea of linking her to any of the half-dozen debunk sites out there, opting instead for the suggestion that she, you know, actually give it a try herself.


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bellybalt
bellybalt
Belly
Friday, April 25th, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)
"The other P? Well, that's not that simple."

Its nice to know Canadians are down with OPP. (Yeah you know me them!)


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luvsammy
luvsammy
Samalamity
Thursday, April 24th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)

Oh my. Sandy is a nutbag. And you, sir, were very, very polite to said nutbag. Congrats! SHE THAUGHT SHE WAS BEING HELPFUL.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Thursday, April 24th, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC)

She thaught RONG!


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fozz47
fozz47
needs better respect for your superiors
Thursday, April 24th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)

I've had quite similar experiences. Not with them sending me emails, but getting anyone to do any acutal gardening seems to be quite the chore.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Thursday, April 24th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)

Haha, and I haven't even got to that point yet!


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boy_asunder
boy_asunder
ryan christopher fox
Thursday, April 24th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)

I know someone that does landscape work. Unfortunately he's a 45 year old man with extreme ADD and the maturity of a 12 year old. So yeah. Theme.


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danger0usbeans
danger0usbeans
Dangerous Beans
Thursday, April 24th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)

Dude, how big is your garden that you need to hire a company to take care of it for you?


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Thursday, April 24th, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC)

It's a 50x100 lot, and everything that's not the house itself, deck, or lawn, is garden.

Thing is, I inherited this beautiful garden from the people who lived there before, who were avid and knew what all the plants were and how to take care of them. I came in not knowing a weed from an annual. I'm learning, but as I learn, I want a good service to help me with the maintenance and also teach me how to take care of it myself.


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kimie
kimie
KiMiE
Thursday, April 24th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)

I am also having landscaper issues! I've tried 3 different companies from CraigsList. First one I emailed, no response. Second one I emailed, they called the following morning. Set up a time to come over the next day. NEVER SHOWED or CALLED! Third one I called and left voice mail two days ago and no call back so far! WTF!? Don't these companies want business!?


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Thursday, April 24th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)

Maybe give Bruce a call? He appears to have lots of time on his hands. :)


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baisez_moi_svp
baisez_moi_svp
¯\(º_o)/¯
Friday, April 25th, 2008 12:26 am (UTC)

If you want to contact the guy who works on my family's lawn (and a bunch of others in the neighborhood), I can certainly give you his number. He is a really sweet guy and does a great job.


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bliccy
bliccy
Nicole
Friday, April 25th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC)

You should have called good ol' Gerald! :)


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Monday, April 28th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)

I might as well, can you give me his contact information again please?


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dryad271
dryad271
nitemare hippie girl
Friday, April 25th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)

I lolled.

If I had a nickel for every time I sent one of those back to someone with a snopes.com link appended to it...shit, I would have many nickels.


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40_ounce_bounce
40_ounce_bounce
Inigo Montoya
Friday, April 25th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)

There are two types of people in this world: the sane, and those who work in landscaping. Have you ever noticed that in movies that take place in mental institutions, that the grass is always very well manicured? there's a reason for that.

In other news, I found something that you might find interesting on the facebook side of the internet. My newsfeed just informed me that my friend in New Mexico just added an app called faildogs. The icon for this app is this:



VLYD?

Were you aware of this? Is this a last remnant of the Little ______ Dog craze awhile back, or just blatant plagiarism? I'd feel honored, if I were you.


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fozz47
fozz47
needs better respect for your superiors
Monday, April 28th, 2008 04:47 am (UTC)

So today I had a succesful encounter with someone who came over and did a butt load of gardening, really really well. If you are still in the market for someone to help you out, let me know.


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