Wednesday, 25 January 2012

hello said van man....ello! said the parrot...

 still a good week. hello i said to the parrott.....i want one! this is the pet shop otley. i went here to get monza a new ball...he keeps disroying them!
 yeadon to an old chapel in burley in wharfedale...

 a really fabulous conversion.....really impressed....then in the wind and rain i went out to colne...
 in the middle of no where is dovetail a pub in the middle of no where...i wish i could have stopped...
 and on to lancashire and still i could see ....er... a big nothing... i collected a sofa and back home to the woodburner...hell yes...its very cold again
 today i delivered the sofa and picked up another....then off to otley again to deliver a fridge freezer...
 stopped off in otley and dod the charity shops and got a sandwitch from weegemans....
past the black horse...love this pub...i will go again......home now. i have to fix the boiler. i all i need is time and the right part.....

Sunday, 22 January 2012

a very good week and a suprise .....

the good week is that i had some customers for www.vanandaman.co.uk.....in fact some really lovley customers.i have been all over leeds and to manchester.the suprise is that i gave up smoking and drinking.
this was quite a suprise to me mostly. i had my hospital appointment at chapelallerton hospital where i am being treated for rhumatoid arthritis. last week i also went for an ultrasound scan on my heart. i have a faulty heart valve...i have had it since birth. it sounds like a scwish instead of a beat.
my appointment was with doctor becky. i like doctor becky as she explains and is funny too. now i have rhumatoid arthritis, a faulty heart valve, which is beginning to stick so not functioning properly...and a long smoking habit going back to 14 years old and a drinking habit that goes back to 16 years old. these things are not a good combination. something has to go.....my choise would be the arthritis and the heart valve...but i am stuck with them! so drinking and smoking it is then.
i have been started on methotrexate  and for this i cannot drink as the pills and alchohol destroy liver. the smoking is bad too...well generally...but especially if your have arthritis and a dicky heart.
i currently have herbal ciggys and bavaris non alchol beer....how long will this last!
my new pills i start today. the list of side effects is endless and so we had roast chicken etc for sunday lunch. we dont normally do lunch...as i only take these pills once a week sunday is the best day....so here goes.... 

Monday, 16 January 2012

to derby with some print samples....

there i was on time to pick up in crossgates leeds. late was the customer....piles of print samples...kinda loads of stuff like pampas, australian wine, bulmers cider, names names names darling!...it was more who was not there really....
any way we loaded and drove and got paid. sally wanted to go to bolsover castle. i wanted to go to home.
home we went.
have taken more bookings and i am hopeful for the new year. i only have one hospital appointment this week.....
thedrive was pretty much like this all the way.....sun glasses and sandwiches then....i stopped at pudsey.....the shop just near richardshaw lane...you know the one where all the van men go....and got a sausage sarnie....yum.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

i did what asked and came home....

 leeds this morning. i was so pleased to see it.....
 the drive back was like this all the way.....


monza was up at the window coming down the hill to yeadon.....he was so so pleased to be home.
the job was a farce from start to finish.....my bit went fine. i loaded drove and delivered. the exhibition cost them about £100.000....yes that much...how do i know...well the lady who was sacked told me......she also told me all about the value of there it equipment. they hired another van to take all that stuff....one 0f their own staff drove it. the van arrived just after mine....THEY FORGOT TO LOAD THE SCREENS....COMPUTERS AND SERVER.  they are a soft ware company and had the secretary of state for education coming to a keynote address...the right honorable michael grove MP.......at 11 oclock to day.
they were talking about sending the hire van back to halifax to get it all........

and so....here i go.....www.vanandaman.co.uk

 i got a email last night....stand number and vehicle pass for the bett show at olympia.......so off i set. vanman...monza dog and sally....
 grey it was.....
 hammersmith flyover closed....i didnt need to go that way...but it cause alot of trffic hold ups....
 found it....and so did all the other van men!
 arty lights on way to travel lodge

 wembley!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.......
 my sweat shirt and pass.....
 travelodge....   monza dog cost me £20.00 and we went at 3.30 am!!!
 i enen got breakfast pad for...but i was long gone by then....and they lent me a wine glass....
i got a bit of sleep and then got on the road back to leeds.

Monday, 9 January 2012

so... i have a van full of .stuff....and NO passes for olympia.....

great.... i have a very loaded van.... nearly very heavy loaded van. i am going to a show in london. WHERE!!! WHICH!??? what stand.....i had to look it up my self...good luck customer.
i set off 8am.
i have your stuff and a travelodge.....do you want to give me this info!? times are hard...this is not good.

nothing get past my dog.....and i am smart as well....

i have a very large german sheperd. i have a van . my van is almost un breakable. i cant get in the damn thing. a robber has NO chance. ......the ladt we are dealing with for the job to london has been sacked......
so we have no security pass....   no information as to were we go and .......

what is this!?

 what is this....well it is art. it is a snake/reptile/thing.....
 loading....

 art while i load....

 sally said i look like this..!!
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so we loaded. something is not right here....the lady in charge is grey......this is not a good colour for a lady. she was dismissive and stressed. no jokes or talking here. so off we go.
home now. phone rings....stressed grey lady "has gone home" we are now dealing with jo........

just the one load......

my mission is to deliver to olympia london for the bett education show. the lady organizing has had a very hard time with this one.all i have to do is load...drive and deliver.poor lady organizing it has a budget. why!? i dont know.as she found out if you pay well you get loyalty and all the help you need. if you cut costs you get stuck. this is whats happened i think. the stand for this show cost them a whoping 100.00 thou. some of the kit going is worth a life or two...as the show cannot go ahead with out and then they look daft to their customers. i have worked for this company a few times. they are always generous and hired me for the duration of big shows...i get put up in a travelodge near. it works out cheaper and much less hassle rather than 2 journeys...delivering and picking up again. plus i stay with their stuff and look after it. this is the important bit!
any way...load....deliver....ah! security passes have been overlooked by the organisers. the hammersmith fly over is closed....do i need this low immitions thing!? no...do i need congestion charge paid!? no.......er im setting off in a few hours...
just drive...lee xxx

Sunday, 8 January 2012

a wheel and a deal.... a coffin and a house front....www.vanandaman.co.uk

 a coffin....its okay. i dont usually ....this is for a play...i also moved a boat and a house front....
 the play is "our house" a musical based on madness music.....hell what fun!!!! 
 monza got a new ball....
 it took him 10 mins to burst this.....
 the chandlers.. leeds lovely customer...great advise for monza.......
 the view from her new appartment...down by the river....
www.vanandaman.co.uk  goin home. look at the view. i call this building nacatomi (like bruce willis place...die hard..) i watched this being built........any way leeds at dusk... winter 2012.....
2 van jobs today....and a fridge freezer. ....sold...thank you very much.