While I had hoped to leave before four today, a phone call that I received around 3 PM stopped that from happening. It turned out that my mother had a little bit of a mishap at her house, and I needed to deal with it right away.
The story she told me started with her having issues opening a pickle jar. While you would think a story involving pickles would be pretty mundane, unfortunately hers was not. You see, she was having issues getting the jar open, and she had the bright idea of tapping the lid on the jar against the counter.
Unfortunately, she missed altogether.
Instead of tapping the lid on the counter, she threw the jar through her kitchen window. I couldn’t quite believe it, but after she sent a picture of the mishap on her phone, I knew that she was telling the truth.
Why do these types of things always happen on a Friday?
After I composed myself, I made a phone call to arrange some replacement windows Burbank. Thankfully I was able to get someone to come out on short notice, and they were willing to fit in her window repair before the end of the day.
I was relieved.
She is going to call me when they are done replacing her window. Hopefully she learns from what happened today.
As with any other business, we are looking at ways to streamline our operations and maximize profits. One of the ways to make more profit is by reducing expenses. So, our company has been looking at all levels for ways to cut costs without cutting staffing.
It has been a very effective exercise. There have been a bunch of great ideas that have already been implemented that have been submitted by staff at all levels of our organization. In some ways, striving to be an efficient company has really brought everyone together.
This morning I am attending a meeting that will be covering energy efficiency doors and windows in Glendale. We have been consulting with experts for some time now as to what impact switching to more efficient doors and windows would have on our bottom line, and today’s meeting will answer some questions that we have.
I will be taking back what I have learned today to the board meeting later this month where we will discuss and decide what needs to be done. It will take some time to replace all of the doors and windows in all of our buildings, but I think it will be a step in the right direction if we are looking to reduce expenses company wide.
I’ll know for sure in a few hours.
Working with real estate across our company sometimes pulls me in different directions at once. The catch is that I am only human and I can’t be in more than place at once. This means that I have to let someone down that needs my expertise, but due to the nature of the services I provide, I am really offering my services in a first-come, first-served type of situation.
It isn’t ideal, but for the most part, it works.
While I would like to think that it works most of the time, it did not pan out this week. You see, I was called to do some work in Los Angeles just half an hour before the folks in Studio City called. They were looking for me to help consult on some replacement windows Studio City, but unfortunately I had my other flight booked and everything lined up before they called.
They weren’t impressed.
Thankfully I was able to change their attitude after I explained why I couldn’t come out and help them out today. It was an opportunity to really educate them as to why I couldn’t make it and open their eyes as to how busy my job really is – they were a lot friendlier after I was done.
I will have to make it to Studio City early next week and hopefully we can get their window problem sorted out by then.
When you work for a national company you learn that having offices across the country isn’t usually the ideal situation to be in. I know that the logic is that you can cater to many communities, but for my role as the real estate supervisor, it is a complete nightmare. I spend a lot of time moving between offices, and I rarely make it home.
That is the nature of my job.
For example, a few days ago I was finding some commercial windows Los Angeles as ours needed replacing. The COO decided that it made more sense for us to replace them on our own, so I found myself flying out to L.A. to get it done. I had never bought enough windows to replace all of them on the building in my career here, so it was going to be a learning process.
Thankfully the sales clerk at the windows store was happy to help.
After explaining the situation and what we wanted to do with our commercial building, I was presented with the best options for our windows. The sales person was helpful, knowledgeable and happy to answer all of my questions.
In was one of the best shopping experiences that I have ever had.
I have slated the work to start later this month and hopefully it won’t take more than a few days to get all of the work done. I can’t wait to see what our building looks like with brand new windows.
At one point in my life I was an avid shopper. Clipping coupons and going to the mall every weekend was my life. It wasn’t so much about spending the money that excited me, but rather finding prices that most people could only dream of. For me, finding the best price on any kind of product was what motivated me and awakened the hunter within. I considered my talent of finding things on sale like an art, and I was always working to perfect it.
Then came the internet.
Instead of taking the time to leave my home and find deals by hand, all of a sudden I could just sit at my computer and find the best prices with just a couple of clicks. While it was easier than shopping in the real world, it didn’t give me the rush that I craved.
But that all changed today.
You see, I took the time to get out of my house and shop in Glendale. I knew there were some good deals on windows in Glendale that I was going to check out, but I thought to myself that it just made sense to get out and see if I still had the chops to find the best prices.
It turned out that I did.
All in all my day of finding some windows for my home turned into one of the best days shopping that I have had in a long time. There is definitely a big smile on my face.