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10 April 2008


Charlotte-Anne Lucas

I just came here sideways from Doc Searls' blog where you commented so eloquently...
And then I read what you wrote and I remembered something.
In '95, my husband and I bought a rehab house that needed lots of work, including some things that had to be done by a contractor.
My dad was a contractor, and I learned a lot being his helper as a kid. My husband's mom, on the other hand, wielded all three tools in his house (hammer, screwdriver and pliers).
The first contractor we interviewed looked at my husband when he answered every question I asked.
The second one made eye contact with me, talked with me (not above me) and engaged us both with ideas.
He got the job and the $20K.
It's simple, he told me later. "I never get a job if the wife doesn't want to hire me."
Oh, and where did we find him?
WOM from a woman I worked with. (The world wasn't as Webby then ;-)


Thanks Charlotte-Anne,

About 15 years ago back in Chicago we added a second floor to the house. My wife was the GC, hired and paid all the sub-contractors. She had to straighten out a few of the subs in the first fifteen minutes, but they caught on pretty quickly.

Remember the golden rule "Them with the gold, rules".

Mary Schmidt

For that matter, just watch that old classic movie "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House." Mr. Blandings (Cary Grant) huffs, puffs, and blows his chest out...while Mrs. Blandings (Myrna Loy) calmly goes about doing things her way and spending all the money.

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