Craigslist failed me...

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I'm always quick to jump to craigslist to solve just about any issue. Whether it was getting rid of a garage full worth of junk when we moved, buying a new (old) VW bus, or looking for someone to install a dog door, I've been batting 1000 with craigslist for a few years now.

Unfortunately that all changed Memorial Day Weekend when I went 0-2.

Since we've moved into the new house there has been a laundry list of things I needed to get done. I work, 70-80 hours a week so when it comes to a long weekend, I don't want to spend it working on the yard or installing a garbage disposal, but I really wanted those things to be completed. Easy enough.
My first call was to an experienced plumber who could handle not only the garbage disposal install, but also could finish up the RO installation that is plumbed, but not completed. A two for one I thought, perfect.
That was until "Jack" showed up. Jack was a SUPER nice guy, but really really bad at his job. I don't have what it takes to go through the whole ordeal, but let's say this. The garbage disposal was installed and working, he arrived at 10:30 AM, left at 5:30 PM. Seriously. He made (no, I'm not lying) 6 SIX!!!! trips to the hardware store.

Now listen, I could have done this, I really could have, I've installed a garbage disposal before, but it would have taken me a few hours, I figured a pro would knock this out in 45 minutes and I could get on with my day. No such luck. It was awful.

The next call I made was to a lawn and tree company who advertised service THIS WEEKEND, in big letters. I made a call, talked to the guy about trimming a tree, cleaning up a few weeds and just generally doing a once over on the new place in the front yard since I haven't had it in my to do any real work there yet. Wanted the neighbors to be happy I was getting something done.
Well, this weekend includes Monday, it being Memorial Day and all I guess. So he says they will be here between 8 and 10 AM.
When I call him at 12:15 he puts me on hold for 3 minutes, gets back on the line and says we can be there in 2 hours. Not so much, I have to leave at 3, so that's over.

Oh well.... Next time, I'll stick to the phone book for real services and leave craigslist to hard goods....