Being not a mechanic with any expertise (and I certainly don’t pretend any such thing) but after all these years in this lifetime and, I might add, having numerous automobiles (too many too count), I can, with some authority, stand on that proverbial “soap box.”
Times have changed. Wasn’t it the expression of a “cracker jack mechanic” or a “backyard mechanic” that we labeled our handy men to be? In fact, many a man of the house, and even some women, could simply pop the hood and fix just about anything. Whatever happened to just being able to understand the necessary, needed maintenance — at least for the layman.
Yes, times have changed: We have heard and experienced to some degree, all sorts of over-charging, false promises, shoddy workmanship and the ever-present temptation to booby-trap for a “come back” for more dollars. (If you’re guilty, hang your head in shame and, I hope, change.)
I, for one, truly do appreciate and will most certainly patronize any sincere, honest, caring business person. Yes, many of our population feel that way and will, I hope, do their homework followed with appropriate questions, to understand any and all solutions to a problem.
Yes, I have been blessed with a loving husband who takes charge of the above, including to the point of research on the computer, and calling the various locales for information along with the dreaded “ballpark estimate.”
“In a multitude of counselors there is accomplishment.” That proverb is excellent strategy. “Two heads are better then one,” as another suggestion goes, and it is so true when you collect the many experiences others have had when it comes down to the important dough-ray-me.
I guess most of us can perhaps write a book about life’s experiences … some nice and some terrible. But I do believe if a person knows how to help his neighbor, fellow man, then there is that obligation. Some do just that and then there is the other side of the coin with just being closed-mouthed along with a few more ugly words.