I want to get a better life than the one that I was born in. I think that I know how I will do that and the one way that I will do that will be through the boxes that I will be buying. I think that once I get a good collection of the great aluminium toolboxes Melbourne has to offer, and then I will be able to get a good reputation as being a man of prestige. I don’t actually have to be prestigious, since it is all an illusion. I will use that prestige, that people think that I have, and I will then try to get people to lend me money to start up my business. It is a good business and I think that I can make it. I will bring potential investors to the house to see the large collection of aluminium draw systems that I collect, and they will say that I truly mean business. Anyone who likes that sort of thing only means business. They are tough, just like the boxes, and they are good and holding onto what they most cherish, just like me. I mean business and I’m made of a metal alloy. I’m joking about that last part of course but only by a little bit. I am not made of alloy, I am in fact made of the sort of things that you would normally expect people to be made of, which is really like water and things of that nature. We are made up of carbon and all sorts of carbon based molecules. I love chemistry, but I really love, more than chemistry, to go to the store at the end of the street and I will try to buy the gas bottle holders that will be able to hold things that I need to hold.
The temperatures were slowly dropping and I was finding it hard to deal with the cold mornings. It was getting harder and harder to get out of bed. Work seemed an illegitimate reason to crawl out from under the covers and to make things worse, the heating in my apartment had just given out. I had been looking forward to snuggling on the couch during the cold nights with the heater on. At the moment, it was more like shivering on the couch, trying to get warm. It wasn’t shaping up to be the beautiful winter I’d been expecting. I had to call the team at Ducted Heating
I’d never seen anything like the Signage Perth store. I walked in with wide eyes, looking around the store, trying to take in as much as I possibly could. I had never been into a sign writers store before and wondered if this one was special, or if they all looked like this. I asked my father. He told me that Signwriters Perth was the best signwriting store in the area, which was why we had gone to them. My father was looking to gain some extra exposure for his business, in the hope of expanding. In the end, my father wanted to be able to have enough work booked up to be able to hire another worker, or two. That meant that the other worker would be able to take over all the installation or repair work and my father would be working in the office and providing quotes. It would mean, in the end, that my father would have a lot more time available to spend with me. He always told me that was the most important thing in the world, it didn’t matter how much money you made – it was the people you had close by to share your life with that mattered. I knew he was right and I wondered how so many other people had forgotten that along the way.
We walked up to the front counter, where a man was patiently waiting. The man from Signwriting Perth welcomed my father and I into the store and offered us his assistance. My father mentioned to the man that he had phoned up yesterday and spoken about having some free standing signs and car signage done for his plumbing company. The man behind the counter remembered my father and asked if we had any ideas for the signage. My father looked at the man blankly and then stated that he probably should have thought about that before we had come into the store.
My apartment was sweating. i was sweating. Everything in my apartment was also sweating. I had every window jammed open as far as it could go, along with both doors but it wasn’t making a difference. The heat in the place was deadly, I couldn’t take it any longer. My air conditioning had been broken for the past two years, but this summer was set to be the hottest in over ten years. It hadn’t even gotten to the heart of summer yet. If I wanted to live to see the new year, I’d have to get someone from Air Conditioning Melbourne to fix my system. I only knew the name of the air conditioning repair company because one of the guys at work always tells me to call them whenever I whinge about the heat. I’d just never wanted to spend the money. Now, it was a whole other story.
The man from Air Conditioning Repairs Melbourne couldn’t have arrived sooner. I ran to the door to let him in and prayed that there would only be a minor repair needed and the air conditioning would be up and running in no time. I showed the man through to the lounge room, where the air conditioner was. He got right to work, fiddling around inside the unit. I sat on the couch, pretending to watch TV but mostly watching the man from Air Conditioning Service Melbourne try to solve the problem. I could see the concentration and thought on his face. It was great to watch, better than any rubbish that was on TV at this time of day anyway.
The man stood up, pushed the power button and like magic, the air conditioner turned on. I jumped for joy as I paid the man and wished him a good day. Now it was time to sit and cool down.
I nearly ran straight into the Bathroom Furniture Sydney truck that was parked in my driveway. The excitement was pulsing through me and I couldn’t control my laughter. My words weren’t coming out right and I had butterflies in my stomach. Not only was I walking into the first property I’d ever owned, I had just had my first renovations done. It had been a very easy job deciding what I wanted the bathroom to look like, and because the team at Bathroom Designers Sydney offer such a great service, I didn’t have to lift a finger. I’d been staying with my best friend Gina while the renovations team did my bathroom. I loved Gina with all my heart, but I was very much looking forward to getting back into my own bed. I was also incredibly excited about seeing my new bathroom and using everything in it. I was excited to put all my makeup in my new bathroom and find everything a home.
I had a phone call from one of the men at Vanities Sydney yesterday afternoon. I thought that something had gone wrong, always thinking the worst. Instead of phoning me to tell me what had gone wrong, the man from the renovations team was calling to let me know that the team would be finished the job by this afternoon. I couldn’t believe how quickly they had managed to get it all together. So now I was here, ready for the first inspection of my new bathroom, and I was nervous. I walked through to the bathroom with my eyes closed and Gina leading me. I stopped for a moment, took a deep breath and opened my eyes. It was beautiful.
I had managed to calm myself down and realise that things were going to be ok. My car had just broken down on the freeway while I was driving to the shopping centre. I was glad I wasn’t rushing to get anywhere important because I wasn’t going anywhere fast. I had been sitting on the side of the road just long enough to make a few phone calls and think about how I was going to get to work tomorrow if I didn’t have a car. I didn’t necessarily need a car to get to work, there was public transport available, so it wasn’t much of a big deal. It would just take some time for me to adjust. Just as I looked into my rear vision mirror, I saw the big truck from Car Transport Adelaide driving up beside me. The driver pulled up in front of my car and then came and introduced himself. He must have been able to see how nervous and shaken I was because he was being very gentle, and incredibly nice. The driver offered me a lift home after he took down my details and worked out where to take the car.
The driver from Tow Truck Adelaide tried to strike up conversations with me in the tow truck when he drove me home, but I couldn’t think straight enough to give sane answers. Everything I said ended up sounding like Yoda. The man at Towing Adelaide was so friendly and even offered to stay and chat to me once I’d gotten home. He said it was important to have someone else around when you’re in shock and he thought I was. I told the tow truck driver that I would be fine and waved him off as he headed for the mechanic’s.
I want to be there when it happens. I want to be there to see the look on the kids and Laura’s faces when I see that they can see that Brian is smiling like a Cheshire cat because they have just made their last house payment. I want to see that so much, but it will never happen. I will never be able to look him in the eye, is what he will say. I will never be able to look them in the eyes if I do not try and make their lives at least a little bit easier. So, instead of paying off the entire mortgage like my original plan was going to involve I will make sure that they get in touch with someone that will make sure that they will be able to pay off their mortgage and home loan. I actually think that those two things are the same things, but I’m not too sure. I’m pretty sure, but just not 100% sure. I will check up on that and in the meantime, I will get Brian the number of the mortgages Brisbane crew, and get them to get in touch with Brian once he leaves a message. I don’t know how I will do that because Brian is so stubborn that he probably will not accept this help either. I will talk to Laura and I will get her to get him to call, or else she can just call the mortgage brokers Brisbane crew directly. Either way, that will be the best bet for me. I will be waiting to hear from Laura that he made the call to the car loans Brisbane crew, and that they will start settling something up soon. It won’t be too long now, but I guess I have to keep busy till then. I wonder what Gabe is doing right now.