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74. The Handyman Comes
The sinks were leaking. David looked in the
paper and saw an ad for Toby the
. David left a message on the answering machine.
days later, he called again. He told Toby
he had left a message two days ago.
apologized. He said he hadn’t checked his messages
a couple of days.
David felt like hanging
. Why was it so hard to find a
who was responsible? Responsible and clean—many workers were
who left messes for the homeowner to clean
. Toby doesn’t check his machine, David mused. David
Toby that the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room
were leaking. Toby said he could come over
Friday; each faucet would cost $20. If he
to buy any parts, that would be extra.
was pleased. Sixty dollars was a great price.
course, if Toby fixed faucets like he checked
messages, maybe the deal wouldn’t be so good.
again, it was only a $60 risk. David
Toby if a check was okay. Toby said
; he only accepted cash. David said that was
, as long as he got an invoice. Toby
he would be over Friday at 1:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m., David left a message on Toby’s
, asking where he was. At 3:30, Toby showed
. David asked if he had brought an invoice. “
, jeez, I forgot. I’m sorry,” Toby said. David
his head in disbelief. But, since Toby was
, he decided to let him in. Before Toby
into David's house, he wiped his feet very
on the mat. David noticed that. Maybe Toby
work out just fine, he thought.