Rented a pickup truck (if I were a real man, I’d already have one), went down to Home Depot and hired two day laborers(!) to help me move furniture into said truck. That was scary – what if I went up to a group of guys who were just standing around and offended them by implying that they were day laborers? What were the rules? What if they just decided to rob me? What if they became so offended by the sheer number of computers and video equipment in my apartment that they’d just rob me? Clearly, I watch too many news programs, and my fears were way out of line with reality.
I drove up to a group of about five guys leaning against a wall about a block away from the Home Depot (though within view of the parking lot). One of them called over to me, “How many?” “Two, for about an hour.” And just like that they were in my (rented) truck. They didn’t even discuss price, so I just said, “Twenty five each – is that okay?” It was okay, and the rest of it went smoothly. They knew much more about how to safely tie down my load than I did, so I bumped them up to $30 each. Dropped them off and that was that. No secret handshakes or protocols – point us at the work and give us money and it’s all that simple.
You have to understand – I get scared of being at grocery stores and sometimes drive up to work, turn around in the parking lot and go home because I’m just that scared. So this was a big deal for me.
And in true guy spirit, when I was unloading the truck, I threw out my back.
So, that’s that. This is MPSIMS, and you are there.