Like a lot of people, I was snowed in when I woke up Saturday morning to what the neighborhood kids thought was a Winter Wonderland.
My regular snow removal
expert was no where to be found so I went looking for a replacement plower. I must have spend an hour on the phone talking to what seemed like a legion of drivers who'd been up all night digging other people out.
Now I don't want to plug Angie's List
too much, but to a man (and yes, they were all men, and I called only highly rated snow removal experts from the List) they were all polite and tried really hard to be helpful. One guy who I called said he couldn't get to me, but he recommended another guy closer. So I called that guy.
"Well, I've got my daughter's wedding at 1 o'clock, but I could probably be to your house by 5," said Bill Clem of Imaging Contracting.
It was tempting, but fathers are needed at daughters' weddings. So I made another call.
Andy from Northside Landscape Supply had his daughter's 13th birthday lunch at Benihana. "But I can come right after," he said.
Andy got the job, and he did a great job, too. Much as I appreciated Bill's willingness, I thought his daughter deserved to have his company more than I did. "I keep telling her the snow pays for the wedding," he said.
All I can say is both those daughters are pretty lucky if their fathers are as good at being dads as they are at customer service.
My family and I got out of the house just fine. And when the snow hits again tonight, it's going to be a tough call for me to choose between these really dedicated snow removal pros.