|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on September 20, 2016 at 3:15 PM|
If you haven't seen me in your neighborhood too much recently there are a couple of reasons for this. First of all I now have just about the only legal and fully insured truck in many counties, so getting around to see everybody is a bit of a challenge.
Secondly, with all of the legal fleets going out of business (racing to the bottom) I have picked up many of the top commercial customers they lost in their never ending effort to be the cheapest, rather than the best. In their false belief that all customers care about is the price, they cultivated the most unprofitable business, while at the same time failing to provide the kind of service and quality that high end clients demand and deserve.
With their fleets largely populated by drivers who had no skills, no education, and often no idea of even the most rudimentary rules of civilized behavior, it's no surprise that banks, insurance companies, and other corporate clients were less than thrilled to be served by their vendors and repeat business was unlikely. Neither would their trucks likely be welcome in any of the better neighborhoods. So their trucks wound up sharing the very worst neighborhoods with the fly-by-night operators.
Thirdly, it may surprise many that July and August are the very worst months for doing residential business. The extreme heat is not an asset and many residence are either out of town or sitting around a community pool with no cash or cards on them.
Fourthly, This year's summer weather has been extraordinary, with rain almost every day during the peak times for doing residential business. This has resulted in my working much closer to home than is usual. There is little point in driving 15 or 20 miles and then being rained out. I have spent fewer hours in the truck every day than any previous year. Fortunately, after so many years, my business is so finely tuned that I can get away with working very few hours, but these few hours do not allow for covering a wide area on the map.
With a new publishing deal, have also come out of songwriting retirement and the extra hours have come in handy for working in the studio an finishing up songs. I have current co-written single by Brenda Kaye Perry and a total of 10 songs on her new album, not to mention some other recent cuts. For those who might be interested, you can hear the single at the following youtube url: