We Fell For It Again

fuller-brushYou know, the guy at the door who has the great deal on the hydro and makes it sound like you are going to save a fortune if you sign up with him.  All good sense about door to door deals and “if it sounds too good too be true it likely is” goes out the window when you are confronted by these “slickters”.

Thank goodness Bee has a sensible sister in law who works for the Hydro company and was able to show us all that is wrong with the pitch.  She took the time to figure out what it would cost us to stay with these guys and sat us down to show us last night.  Also thank goodness that we had two weeks to cancel and that is done.

I used to trust door to door salespeople.  There were lots of them.  The Fuller Brush Man, the Beauty Councillor Lady, the Insurance Man.  They were people we knew who lived on a street that we knew and they had no intention of taking anyone for a ride.  Maybe that is why my generation is so easy to con sometimes.  We have this strange trust for people who have a good story.

Last year it was the driveway guys and before that a hot water heater salesman.  We really got taken for ride on that one.  Too long a story but suffice to say that National and Reliance are not as wonderful as they like people to believe.

I think perhaps we have learned our lesson this time.


About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (www.riverofhopeenterprises.com), I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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