I try very hard not to get ripped off by unscrupulous people. Yesterday I failed miserably. It's a little harder to look things up on your phone than the computer, but I do it all the time. I know to watch out for "Ads" and only click on REAL links to REAL businesses. I looked up Vail Locksmiths, called and made an appointment to rekey the locks.
The first order of business was HOW MUCH was this going to cost. $20 per lock and $20 service call. Okay, I can deal with that. 15 minutes AFTER the appointed time, they called to say they would be 90 minutes late. I won't be here ... I rescheduled.
This time ten minutes after the appointed time, the tech called to say he would be 15 minutes late. 35 minutes later, he finally showed up in an unmarked truck. My radar antenna went up. He looked at the locks and started counting up each dead bolt AND door lock. No I said, I only want the deadbolts keyed. "Oh, but you'll get locked out for sure" he stated. The total would have been EIGHT giving him a nice chunk of change. No ... just the deadbolts.
It took him about 30 minutes, whereupon he wrote up the bill and tacked on an additional $99 for labor. Wait ... no one said anything about labor. They said $20 per lock!! Well they should have told you ... you can pay me now. This guy looks like a pretty unsavory character, he's bigger than me and I'm pretty intimidated by this time. Since he couldn't get one lock done (a bad dead bolt, he tried to sell me one for another $25), he dropped $40 off the bill, so I paid him just to get him out of my house.
As I went out the back door to watch him drive off, I immediately noticed he put the lock on backwards. The locking mechanism was on the OUTSIDE of the door. Good grief. I ran to the truck and told him ... he came back and turned it around and left in a huff. When I double checked it, he didn't tighten it down at all. I grabbed a screwdriver and went around to every lock to make sure they were all installed correctly.
The last dead bolt was in the garage. I went to Lowes and found one for $12 which I installed MYSELF. He would have charged me $65 ... $25 for the lock and $20 for each side, since he said it was a double dead bolt.
WHAT A RIPOFF!!! I was so irritated that I let this happen that I closed my finger in the car door and badly broke my nail. Nothing like adding insult to injury!! This picture is MY handiwork.
The second disaster happened shortly thereafter. By then, it was afternoon, so I grabbed a glass of water and sat down at the computer. I reached behind the screen and hit the glass, dumping it on the table and floor. Instantly I picked up the computer, but apparently it was too late. The screen went black. WHAT???
Once I cleaned up the mess, I called Apple (luckily I got one of their most experienced Techs) and we ran check after check. Finally, he told me how to hook it up to the television and VOILA ... I have a computer screen as big as a TV. Here's my morning's work station. It's a little disconcerting to have the pictures you are looking at as big as my head and the letters half an inch high, but it does make it easier to read.
The worst of all ... I have to travel 45 minutes across town to the Apple store for diagnostics and repairs, meaning I will probably be without my computer for several days. Want to hear the BAD news? It's going to cost between $500 and $1000 to fix. What a stupid mistake on top of a big fat ripoff. I should have stayed in bed.
I'm a whipped pup this morning ... I feel bad because it's really nothing compared to what Nick and Terry Russell are going through. They have had some very bad luck on their trip to Arizona after having parked their rig for several months. Things just have a way of deteriorating. All their troubles may have happened anyway, but it's sure disheartening. I'm sending them lots of love and prayers.
I'm hoping today will go a little better as the electrical contractor comes over for the 50 amp service installation estimate. Thank goodness this time Mr. Chance will be here to run interference. The first time I spoke to the guy he sounded enthusiastic and willing to do the work. The second time, not so much.
My computer appointment is at 5:45 this evening. Here's hoping I get good news!! If not, I can still post with my phone, but I can't upload images ... so no more deer pics for awhile!!