A Tale of Three Roofers

What is it about Americans? Of course I can see why someone wouldn’t want to work when Joey Bag o’ Donuts is paying them more to stay at home then they the y were making at their jobs. That’s understandable. When I was employed if the Democrats gave me more of the taxpayer’s money to stay at home instead of going to work – I wouldn’t have stayed at home, I would have gotten a second job that paid me under the table.

But it’s more than that. There used to beat dignity about working. Pride in doing a job and doing it well. My father instill the hard work ethic in me early on. But it seems  to be gone. And I have a prime example.

We needed a new roof. We had a 30 year roof which only lasted 20 years (That should tell you something about the original roof job.)  So ours was leaking. We put out inquiries to three roofing companies. The first one, the “Roof Roof” guy you hear on tht audio all the time,  had a 1:30 appointment to come sell us a roof. He didn’t show up until 5:51 so I told him to take a hike. The second company said there was no need to come see us, they would just “fly a drone over our roof” and give us a price. So another one got the boot instead of the roof – job.

Then the third one was a company we had never heard of. It was Stone Mountain Roofers. How big could they be? They didn’t advertise on WSB all the time. But this extremely nice young man showed up on time. His name is Vlad. He spent about 35 or 40 minutes showing us the materials he would  use, the special flanges they had to keep rain from getting under the eaves. He told us when they would come,, how they didn’t just thwo the old shingle on the shrubbery, they have a machine that chops them up. And he would do it for what the insurance company would pay. He came back two or three times taking pix of our roof. We hired him.

They did exactly what Vlad  said. They covered all ourshrubs and our deck with tarps so no shingles would fall on therm. They stared at 6:30 AM and worked until dark. They came back a second day to finish up. Th e roof looks great (and doesn’t leak). His workmen (and women) were courteous and hard  workers. We were extremely satisfied and would recommend Stone Mountain Roofers to everyone

Now, her  is the clincher. Vlad and his brother came to the US twelve years ago from a former Soviet Communist country. They took advantage  of all the freedom  that Americans take for granted. They worked their asses off, because the harder they worked the more money they made. And Vlad is out every weekend soliciting more jobs. He never quits working.

Why is it that two American companies sluffed off this job? They had first shot at getting our business. But we had to wait for two immigrants who knew they could make it in, America. And they did. More power to them. And shame on Americans who are too lazy or too blasé’ to eve n go after an $20,000 dollar job. Maybe they were waiting for Joey Bag o’ Donuts to give them a handout of “free” money. It doesn’t speak well for America’s future.. Does it?

About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on Amazon.com, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on http://johnbeckmanbooks.com and available from Amazon.com. . .
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