I really like my electrician….
He lives locally, which is important, as I live on an island. He works on the premise that ‘if you’ve got the money, then he has the time’. To be fair he is reasonably priced but he has been shafted so many times by our local island skin flints that he makes it a rule these days to be selective. Thankfully, I am one of the chosen, as he is quite good at his job.
As far as listening to instructions outside of his electrical realm, however, he falls into another category. Mere male status.
He fronted up last week to install the fancy leadlight fittings that I had purchased and he proceeded to blaze a trail in and out of my house to his truck to collect all of the necessary bits and pieces that he would need.
After his the third time out the gate I asked him if he was going back out the gate again could he please shut and lock the gate behind him, as my dogs would be out before he could blink to check out all and sundry smells in the immediate vicinity. He nodded his head and stared at me. I should have recognised that blank look for what it really was.
Approximately 10 minutes later, as I was holding the ladder the electrician was perched on, I heard a terrible screaming and rushed outside to see my two fat Bichons running for their lives towards the gate and a larger, ferocious looking mutt being chased off by my neighbour who then informed me that the aforementioned mutt had my Bichon, Angus, in a death grip before she managed to scare it off.
As Angus had shot into the house and under the ladder to hide in the corner, it was impossible to see how much damage had been done to him but the electrician soon learned a new vocabulary as I pushed him and his ladder aside to get to my poor quaking dog who was beginning to howl.
To cut a long story short, my dog had three rather large puncture wounds in him and had to be taken to the vet for sedation, antibiotics and various other medical administrations.
Apart from the trauma for my poor dog, the entire day cost me approximately three times my original estimation for light installation, as I had the gate fixed up so it would never again be left open. I’m thinking of adding an extra-large spring to flick back on any potential offenders in the future.
As for my electrician, he beat a hasty retreat after the job was done and I received a half-price guilt-induced bill in the mail.