Very married, and driving him nuts!
Klute, it's no picnic, life with me. The dark side is that I'm like this with e-v-e-r-y-thing. I'm the type of gal that compares cents per ounce when buying salad dressing, for bloody sake. I'll stand in line for coffee at Starbucks, and just when I get to the counter, leave the line and decide I don't need the coffee, that I'm just nickel and diming myself into debt (it's a slippery slope you know), and I'll go home and write out another check for the mutual fund. I don't shop. Haven't bought new clothing for a long time. Just take care of what I've got, and still looking gooood. If I can do it myself, I'll learn how to do it.
The ironic thing is, is that once I do get my heating and cooling system installed......I'll be too cheap to use it! Of course, I live in California. Ya can't be cheap to live here.
Thanks for the "Wow" compliment.
Hey, Spotts, thanks for the invite!
You bring up a very sticky point with me this morning: that it would be strange to have a customer that was more informed than the professional. (And maybe more strange for the well-informed customer to be a girl.???) It's strange on my side, too. I've got to call my "top pick" of estimators (this would be Company Two, for those of you who saw my first post on my estimate experience) this morning, and gently tell him that I don't believe in his expert recommendation, and that I've got a better answer. Of course, I can't say it like that. That would be consumer suicide.
Any help you can give me on how YOU would like to be told this? I know girls and guys speak different languages, so how would a guy like to hear that his customer has just researched her way into disregarding his recommendation?
Something similar happened when we were looking for a window dealer in the area. Top customer-, gold-star-rated company, just like the three HVAC contractors I called, and I was the one who had to correct this window dealer that our city no longer requires permits for window installations if the job does not include a sliding glass door. Now the owner of this company is a girl, and I know how to talk to a girl, so she took it well. (In fact, she's a good friend, now.)
But, if any of you guys can help me figure out the best way to approach the expert let me know. My fear is that, even though he's a nice guy, he will invalidate me. It's a girl thing. Tell me how to not harm a man's professional ego, 'kay?
Thanks for the job offer!!! I think it would be a wise thing for HVAC companies to recruit more women as home estimators. Some female homeowners might prefer it. But, I, myself, have a much-neglected vocation that has been shoved off to the side while I learn about HVAC. I'm sort of a "jackie" of all trades-sort. I know a little about a lot of things. When I'm learning something, I am very intense about it. My brother-in-law giggles whenever he hears me talk about my latest consumer adventure. He just can't get used to hearing this kind of stuff from a girl. And he's known me for 20 years.
Thanks again for the encouragement.