I can’t speak to your usual customs during intermission…but I hope you’ve refreshed your spirits, refilled your bowls, settled in the comfy chair, and are anxiously awaiting the next chapter of our little drama. If so with your permission, here we go…
As the Shade Spins, Part III
We left our cast at the end of a very long, very cold, very anxious, and extremely infuriating day 2…to sleep the sleep of the damned! The next morning was the coldest yet, frigid is just a word we use because we can think of no other. Dang it was cold. But no time to dottle We stuffed our luggage up, down, in, around, and under anything we could in our two cars and hit the road. We needed to be in Virginia by 10am the following day for our walk through and our closing was at 2pm that same day!
(Oh, and by the way, the fully loaded F-150 of my father’s? Yeah, still in Vermont. We are now 31 days in, and it’s still there loaded with MY stuff. No help for it though. What with health issues, weather issues, lack of finding someone able to drive it down here issues, it is what it is. A truck ready for anything that could possibly occur if the need should arise, as it’s full of lamps, Christmas decorations, books, movies, bookcases, garden tools, trash cans, bedding, ladders, and even a small charcoal grill and a lantern! So don’t worry Dad, if you get caught out in the weather and need a place to stay? Climb in the back…you’re good to go.)
I’m sure there’s a post in me somewhere for detailing the wonders and the beauty of the drive down, and you know me, I’ll add some photos…but for the sake of this little drama, I’ll just say good thing it was pretty. That’s all I have to say about that! It was a looooooooooong day and my ass hurt, and I get ugly when my ass hurts. We landed in Virginia late, tired, hungry, and thirsty as hell for something that didn’t need a straw or a cover on the cup!
W I N E…give me wine!
We made our walk through (we’d managed to put it off until noon), found the water heater had mysteriously shit the bed, the work under the crawl space that had been contracted per our professional home inspection was not done as directed, and the gas fireplace wouldn’t work, so closing was delayed a couple hours while the seller/realtor/and powers that be got it all straight that these things would be corrected ASAP at no cost to us. Great, fine, good to go.
Meanwhile, the movers, who had given me a delivery window of 7 days (yes..7 days) had called no less than 3 times while we were at the attorney’s office, wanting to know when we would be at the house so they could unload. They were sitting there, parked in front of the house, pretty as you please!!!
It was already late afternoon.
What happened to the 7 days and we’ll call you with the exact date?
Are we really going to be doing this IN THE DARK?
Foreboding. You knew the feeling was coming yeah?
Forefuckingboding hit me like a brick.
So…no post-closing celebratory dinner for us (or any for that matter). No moment to walk the empty house, placing furniture (what there was of it) in my head, no looking forward to the first chance at a decent night’s sleep in days. No, for us…it was ‘same shit different day’ time.
F I N E—BRING IT!
We got to the house after 4:00 and sure enough, there they were. The moving crew from hell! Did I say they were from Haiti? I should have said they were from Hades!
First things first…the driver gets out alone, says he can’t open the doors until we pay him the balance due (50% paid up front).
Not “I’ll get my guys started while we settle the paperwork.” Nope, plain and simple, he cannot open the doors until we give him a credit card.
Oooooh, I saw the look on the Hub’s face and it was not pretty. Worse…it was eerily murderous. He was in the driver’s face in a flash, and I mean Silver Bullet type fast. The driver never had a chance. Next thing you know the three of us were in the house, there were three different phones being put to use at the same time…and while we were all waiting our respective call backs (you didn’t think we could actually get anyone on the phone did ya?) this is what the driver had to say…paraphrased in English of course…and my inner most thoughts in parenthesis, per usual:
“Sir, I need to tell you that I hurt my back off-loading a piano from that other load that was on the truck with yours (what? there was a piano in there somewhere? and when the hell did you have time? oh, those poor other customers) and I can’t lift anything (WTF?) and I only have one of my cousins (you mean crew member right?) with me ’cause I had to drop the other one off back in Massachusetts (you went to Massachusetts AGAIN? and it’s just you and ONE guy? and you can’t LIFT? Wait, WHAT?)”
“So, if you’ll just pay me, I’ll go to a truck stop I saw about 20 miles back up the road and hire a couple of guys. (huh? what did you just say? truck stop? hire? wait, WHAT?)”
Okay…here is where it goes out of control. Well, at least where my husband goes out of control (mine comes later. oh and same thing applies here…my inner thinking in parenthesis).
“Are you kidding me? You expect me to hand over my credit card so you can go hire some fucking random, thugs you picked up at some truck stop? You are out of your mind! (you go honey) I hired a MOVING COMPANY…I did NOT hire three thugs and a fucking truck! (whoo hoo) I want what I paid for! (that’s telling him babe) You get on the phone to your dispatcher and have him make arrangements to have qualified help here tomorrow. (that did it hon, we’ve got him now)”
“Sir, I do this all the time. I hire people off Craigslist too (did he really say that out loud?)”
“You what? (yeah that’s what I said) Don’t you work for CVLRD? (good point honey) And isn’t that a CVLRD truck you are driving? (yup) And just whose name is on this paperwork? (it ain’t three thugs and a fucking truck I can tell ya that much) Are you telling me you routinely go out and hire random people, of your own volition, to finish jobs your company was hired to do? (you’re in trouble now buddy)”
“I’m telling you right now, you will NOT get one red cent from me for that, or for anything else for that matter, until you get your dispatcher on the phone…RIGHT NOW! (whoa babe, you’re even scaring me!) You get on the phone, tell him what you told me about being hurt and what you want to do about getting this job done!”
Meanwhile, we’d finally gotten our coördinator on the line, and she passed us to the dispatcher, who as it turned out, is just as knuckleheaded as his driver. He said no, they were not in the habit of hiring from truck stops or Craigslist; yes, the driver works for them; yes, the truck belongs to them; yes, he understands why we’d react to being told such a thing; no, he had not been informed that the driver was hurt or missing a crew member; no, he’s more than sorry, but there was no way to get him qualified help in time to finish this job because this job HAD to be done that day as the truck and crew were already booked for another job the next day; (wait for it….) and finally yes, we needed to give the driver our credit card before he could open the doors! Oh, but could he please speak with the driver to find out about this ‘injury’ as he wouldn’t expect him to work hurt.
Remember that clip from Poltergeist?
W H A T I S H A P P E N I N G ????
Are we even still on EARTH?
Long story short (hahaha, now THAT’S funny), the driver lied through his pearly whites, told his dispatcher he was NOT hurt and could finish this job no problem, all he wanted was to tell us he needed to be paid first, and we reacted irrationally. Now, understand, we could HEAR him (amazingly clear English I might add). Did he not get that? My husband didn’t let him finish his conversation before getting back on the phone and telling the dispatcher he’d just been lied to. Either that or WE’D been lied to. When the driver heard my husband say that, he huffed out the door saying this exact thing (in English and everything):
“I don’t need this shit. This isn’t even my REAL job!”
Ummmmmmmm…what’s that word? Gobsmacked? Yeah, that’s it! Gobsmacked. And not because we didn’t believe it (no one would mistake this clown for a professional) but to say it? In front of us while on the phone with HIS boss?
omgomgomgomgomgomg…can this day get any worse?
Seems it can…join me next time for “When the Door Opens” on the next installment of “As the Shade Spins”