Sunday, 21 December 2014

I think I have a job on monday

I think I have a job on monday. Only thing is I have no pick up or delivery. No text and no email.
Happy Monday.christmas is upon me
 I feel like going out in full Santa outfit. I did that one christmas eve.......no one commented. Some did not notice in the supermarket.
Getting the van a pair of antlers....I saw some on a car. This is the way to go I thought.

Having a little trouble with a new neighbour. He thinks he can yell and swear at me. I have a big van. He has noticed through his drunken haze. And yes I park it at the back of MY house.
Tomorrow it will have antlers too. Wonder how he cope with that stumbling along from the pub, yelling and swearing.
Merry christmas.
Yes I did have a job. I got the from and too address and set off into the wind and rain. I found my reindeer hat with antlers. I do not look silly at all. the customer did not actually comment....jaw dropped a bit. mind you it is warm!
sally did not come with me. she has gone to see the landlords for neighbour. never hack off a woman who had a mastectomy. never swear at any woman, especially my wife.


www.vanandaman.co.uk over to ilkley.

Very arty rain today. The irritating damping kind. Moving a customer from Guiseley to ilkley..
 I was hoping for snow. Believe it or not it is far easier to deal with than rain.and for that matter it looks much better too.
 More romantic.
With snow...so long as it is new, the customers stuff does not get ruined either.still never mind.


 There were plenty of people to help and we managed to keep moving quickly.
the whole job took only a couple of hours as we all moved very very slickly in the freezing cold rain. customer happy. Money in wallet.
sally and Monza the dog also came along. Monza did some barking and Sally helped out with some of the smaller stuff. she then wandered off to discover Mydleton lodge. For sally this was a very exciting discovery. the ancestral home of the Middleton's back in the 1500's. Of course they are related to American emigrates
.Sally has a soft spot for. The Mauleverers. So she was regaling me with her find all the way back to Otley
 The main house was originally started in the 1500's. the main stair case is by all accounts original!...any way the main house is for sale at just over two and a half million.

Sally loves it and wants me to buy it NOW! well as it goes I am the full asking price short at this time. Must get some more van work quickly. I wonder how long It will take to earn that kind of money as www.vanandaman.co.uk !!!????
Part of the estate is now a catholic retreat.....very quiet and thoughtful.......
 The only (slight) down side to it is the cost....and it is very remote. Sally would love it for a while and then wish she lived nearer to the junk shops in Otley....
speeking of which......

On the way back home we stopped off at Otley. We did the usual Weegeman's the butchers and then on to the 99p shops.......sally spotted two Cabbage patch kids......I bought her one. I really wish I got them both now....as I will never hear the end of it if it is not there when I am nagged to go back on Monday.....

This one came complete with clothes and shoes....which are not in this photo as they are being washed. this doll is from 2004. sally already has one from 1978.
Christmas is upon is a father is coming over to shop. had better sneek back to Otley first thing and get the other one.............

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

www.vanandaman.co.uk out and about.

 up early fortunately. The dog alarm had gone off. Out I went into the fresh Bracing morning, monza dog had his contetutionals...... I had a swift ciggy, then made tea. Just in time for the phone to ring at 7.30 am. What's the matter with people? This one left a voice mail, sounding as if she was used to people jumping and then asking if that was high enough. Sally said I had to call back.....Now.....as we need the work. I called back at 9am in business hours. Was informed that another van man had called her straight back at 7.30. ShE booked him to move and chauffer her student daughter...including packing boxes for student too. Good luck to him.the student types have definitely changed...this one couldn't make her own booking or pack a box.
Out to Collingham. Very nice lady moving in with boyfriend. Her little dog attracted a bark from monza, and the move took an hour.next. Over to Otley to collect metal.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

The fan belt still works. I put a load of stuff up on fremessa..... A site full of requests for free stuff. Iresponded to a few messages and am delivering some stuff today.
I have a lot of stuff that I get given or customers just want rid of.
So today I am out to holt park to deliver some ladders. Then Otley.....







Tuesday, 23 September 2014

out on the van with Monza and Sally......


Up for 7am. drinking tea for just after that....and then walking to get a new fan belt..Well...I hear you cry....WHAT IS UNUSUAL about that!? you should be up at 7am you lazy sod.


 Work has been a bit thin on the ground lately, and my wife has been a bit ill and therefore is not up at 5am to clean. Happy days ! then really being in bed late gets boring...and then ....guess what suddenly I am liking it!
 Yesterday I got two bookings....so up I am to buy this fan belt and get myself on the road.
Job one....out to Morley and Birstall. sally and Monza came too....could not do a right lot but could set up the GPS system!



 Lovely sunny day too. customer a chatty chap with a girly long haired german sheperd. very lovely too....and he will need me again to move it all again in two weeks. I .love repeat customers with German sheperd dogs. my fave.

After the excitement of everyone out...just like the old days...I took Sally and Monza home and did the second job on my own....no need to push my luck!
Whilst gone...a certain kitchen company called ...wanting NOW!
sally said he will be about an hour...
okay I will call you back madame Hitler said.
they called back. sally said....I did not think you employed us anymore.
well the work is in fits and starts and it can take ages to load......
well that is no good then is it!?
last job Lee had to take off because he needed to get back to you...
NOT the way I heard the story. The salesman very rudely told him to wait as he was drinking coffee.....
Oh well I do not get involved.
NO....I would not if I were you.


Now I know That nothing gets past that one. I have been on the other end of her tongue. she knows.
sally called me....I said...
I am NOT going to jump for them. sod em......either I work for a company or I do not...
                        It has been four weeks since I last had a job for them. I can not and will not believe that they had nothing to deliver for the last four weeks.

Monday, 22 September 2014

A monday in September.

 I called my dad. The fan belt has gone on the van and I have no work and therefore no money. The powers that be say I work full time and therefore qualify for no benefits. this is even though my wife has had surgery and can not work yet.....okay you buggers how do I pay my mortgage and bills!?
 So I called my dad. Without a fan belt on the van I have no chance of going anywhere.. Dad met me at the supermarket. Dad is not a happy bunny as he just paid out for two tiny little rubber things for the suspension on his Skoda. He went to the dealership...what the hell does He expect.....he did not even think to let me have a look at putting them on! over £3oo.00 the bill was. some people you really can not tell anything too.....
My dad is one of them. Having done the supermarket, had smoke blown in my face as he got off the bus and then watched him imitate a dog followed by a computer key board I had enough.
I supposed to try and get the mortgage rate reduced. I could not face another phone call being passed around again.
crap pox and bugger.
Then the phone rang. job one for tomorrow....to Morley. Monza  and sally can come....just like the old days...
then it rang again...job number two...to Kirkstall!
MUST FIX THAT FAN BELT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Busy making wind turbines and wine racks

 busy making wind turbines and wine racks , I explained how to reverse a hoover engine using magnets to Monza the dog. As you can see he was none plussed.
Here I am in Otley church.....after going to the butchers and junk shops........really very busy doing not a right lot

making sparks......
building wine racks for all the home brew. We also made nettle beer. This I would never recommend. Even I could only take one sip. I pored it onto the garden. It killed all of the weeds on the path, so that saved me a job at least. so now I have loads of spare bottles.

Last night we tested the nettle wine.......it is in the fridge now. hopefully it will be better chilled. If now....watch out what you get for christmas.
A long while since I wrote this blog...the van business is now almost defunct. the jobs I now get are usually local, most customers are fine. others complain because I am only one man.....nothing changes there then. expecting to pay peanuts to move heaven and sometimes the earth as a "can you just".....
As the van is now  so old and rusty it can not even get as far as York.   Today......which is Sunday, I am going to wash the old dear and put on a new fan belt.
correction on the fan belt. I spent the money on shopping, as we have no van work.....food is more important.
The phone rang at about 1pm. Was I available NOW!? I quoted £60.00. How bloody much said caller!?....will not be hearing from them again then.
This time last year we were really busy delivering for a local kitchen company this year and especially this month they just stopped calling
Why? Firstly the word on the street is that they are going to the wall. Funnily enough other local companies are stacked out with business...... I know as I have made sure they have my card.....
This Un named kitchens company...
Well the last job I did for them was off loaded at their own warehouse. I HAD loaded it half hour before.....then got told to wait whilst the salesman drank coffee with his mate/customer. I tried to politely gee him Along.
.no....chance..just got told to wait again.....rudely.
So I did wait a further 20 minutes.....
Then said Sod it
And took it all back off the van.
That. Was that. By the way this was a £30.00 local delivery which should have taken 20 minutes in total!
The job before that was for the same salesman.....he called at 7'30 am wanting a delivery NOW!
The day before I had told him that I was taking my wife to a hospital appointment.
I reminded him
F###!he said.
Later just as we had parked the van and walking towards hospital......the phone rang again.
Same salesman...wanting a delivery now now now.
I reexplained the situation.
F###.....he said
I said I could do his delivery at lunchtime.
F### he said.
So that was pretty much my career delivering kitchens..
My wife is now much improved. The end of July she was diagnosed With breast cancer. Has since had  a mastectomy. This certain kitchen company phoned up to find out how she was.
My wife got out three words before being cut off by their office Hitler....
Must go she said.....really busy!
must be coffee time said Sally. probably going to contemplate how she is going to pay her mortgage when they actually do go to the wall.......
Word is that it will not be long.