I try to be careful to not park near mail boxes that are along the street. Once after parking close to on, the mailman drove off without leaving any mail. My customer took off running down the street trying to catch him in order to get their mail. The run was a success. If I need to park close to a mail box now, I always ask if the mail has already come or when it is expected.
Also there is some thought that goes into whether to park by a dumpster at a school. I will first park in the teacher’s lot and walk in to see where the piano is located before bringing in my tools. If the dumpster entrance is a lot closer, then I will ask about the pickup day and time. I hate it when a dumpster driver gets upset. Then there are the times when no good parking spot is available except a staff members slot out front. It is best to call to see if that person has left for the day. I still stay away from the Teacher of the Month and the Principal’s reserved areas.
Letting out Pets
While leaving a residence, a newly acquired dog squeezed by me and escaped out the front door. My lady customer took off running (barefooted) as I was going to the car to get my receipt pad. When I looked in the direction she was headed, there was no sign of her or the dog. I called her later to learn that the dog had gotten past the fence for their housing division, but someone on the other side caught and handed her the dog under the fence. She couldn’t have crawled under it or gone over the top. My name was not totally mud at that point.
Finding Things in Pianos
Some things that are found in a piano are better off not mentioned. One time I found a snake skin in the bottom of a lady’s vertical piano. As I pulled it out for inspection she asked, “What is that!”. She wasn’t happy with the answer since one starts to wonder where the snake might have gone. She said to not tell her if I found something similar in the future. She never called again for service. Another time I found a mouse skeleton which was well preserved. The guy owner was quite intrigued with its intricacies. He didn’t want me to dispose of it as I recall. I found some mouse remains in the piano’s action on a vertical piano one time. There was still some smell to it, but the lady was glad to know where the odor was coming from. She had thought that something had died in her walls and had various people searching her home to track it down. I removed what I could from the piano.