I had told Steve Smith that I would never (I always regret using that word----almost as much as the word "always") break down and hire a Home Inspection Assistant the way he has done with Nutsy. It may be partially out of jealousy that I have "tentatively" changed my mind. Before Nutsy came along, Steve used to call me on the phone all the time----now it is "Nutsy-this" and "Nutsy-that" and our friendship has flown the coop. He even thinks Nutsy knows more about houses than I do. And while Nutsy may know how to slide down downspouts and get into attics from the gutters, that is, frankly, nothing I have aspired to do. I am usually in a position of advising people how to keep nutcases OUT OF THEIR ATTICS!
Perhaps it would be more accurate for me to say that I have taken on an assistant on a "trial basis." I am a little nervous that hiring her might turn into a sequel to some Hitchcock movie since she might have friends---and "I think you know what I mean by friends." I also feel it will be advantageous to have a "female" assistant to provide a more balanced service to my buyers----and she so obviously has better balance than I do----even as good a balance as that wire-walking Nutsy----and obviously she is better looking.
I knew I had to "re-think" my position when she tried to "take off" with the rope tied to the back of my vehicle and actually survived when she came to the end of the rope.
So we shall see how she works out. I already know she can do roofs better than me. She even checked out a flue liner the other day. I thought that might be the end of her interest in the job when she reported seeing the remains of her distant cousins on the fireplace smoke shelf. With that kind of commitment how can I even consider not keeping her around? Much will depend on the support (and/or abuse) she gets from you my loyal readers.
So please welcome----my Certiflied Home Inspection Assistant----Raven DeCroe.
Here is a picture of her doing her thing on the roof inspection----I can now say "we" walk any roof.
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