Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Bollocks...

From the sublime to the ridiculous. I got back to work to discover that one chef had resigned in a huff, one had sneaked away on holiday and one was absent without leave. He was last seen in Scotland on some drunken maneuvers. Drugs are bad m'kay?! What the fuckity fuck is that all about. This leaves us with the new head chef, more on him to come, and two wee lads. And I mean wee lads. One has to get people to pass him down stuff from high shelving and the other isn't old enough to use a knife. I cried a little. But at least I get to go home to my nice quiet house, oh wait no.......


More builder bother.

I ended up nose to nose with one of them this very morning. I say nose to nose but it was more like nose to chest. He was quite a big fella and I'm not really. The issue was the damage to my back gate and the dirt, mess and cement in my backyard. I felt they should be getting it sorted as a matter of urgency, he adopted a different opinion. To be honest he was more interested in his newspaper and cup of, no doubt milky sugary, tea.

There was quite a bit of shouting which ended up with me getting no where so I stormed off. It was all very amusing for them. So I went back out to them and asked for the name of their company. This wasn't forthcoming so I persisted, obviously. I threatened to contact the council and this seemed to change minds. I've no idea if the council are the people to I need to threaten them with but it seemed to work. The shouting stopped. The radio was switched off and Standing Steve was given instructions. I walked away feeling really rather smug. My backyard is now cleaned but the gate hasn't been fixed but I'm hopeful.

There are a few new characters too. There is Peering Pete who I discovered peering through my window. He got the fingers for his trouble. Then there is Paul the Parrot who very annoyingly repeats everything that Bob the Fucking Builder says. I think he loves Bob. Wesley Windows, the glazer, arrived today and he is a big fat fucking fan of shouting. He shouts when he is in his van. He shouts when he is standing beside the person he is talking to. He shouts when he is "singing". I REALLY DO WISH HE WOULD FUCK AWAY OFF.

And take the rest with him........

And to further compound my mood I booked the wrong days off work this week. I'm off on Wednesday when I needed Tuesday off. Was supposed to be going to see Dinosaur Jr but now I'm working four to finish.

Arse truffles all round.

Feel the pain........

31 People trying to get Manuel's attention:

Medbh said...

Be careful, Manuel. They have all day to plot revenge.

Sorry you have to miss the show.

Manuel said...

Medbh: I thought for a minute you meant DJR were plotting revenge.....crikey......hehehehehe

savannah said...

if those guys were that afraid of your local authorities being called, lord help your neighbor! i'd be concerned about the quality of the work that's being done! (yeah, i know, i watch far too many DIY/home improvement shows!)
now im off to find out what DJR is, sugar! xox

MJ said...

It could be worse.

All this and you could have Chef's Arse on top of it.

savannah said...

niceeeeee music! thanks for the introduction! xox
(and now to itunes!!)

j0j0 said...

I feel the pain (arf)... I'm also missing the gig tomorrow because I am a lazy shite who has neglected to write my essays quickly enough. Might someone in work swop shifts? For cash?

bendersbetterbrother said...

Does this mean you'll have to field more complaints on the food stakes?

Manuel said...

savannah: It's gonna be filled with students who just wont care.....

mj: tomorrow for sure....

savannah: good eh....

j0j0: thanks for getting that.....Nah they're all burnt out and blah blah blah.....

bbb: actually no.....the kid and the man were good last night.....which waas a surprise......

daisyfae said...

clearly time for another vacation. or, if you want to kick it up a notch, stand around with a clipboard while surreptitiously scribbling notes on their activities. you can also do this while on the phone...

Anonymous Boxer said...

Truly, you are quite civilized... in the states there would have been shouting, some gun fire and that's just to get their attention.

sheepworrier said...

Heh - oh how your anger amuses me so. More builders I say, more!

I suppose you could lay a trail of jaffa cakes and ham sandwiches into a cage if you wanted to get rid of them, but then they'll just look at you with those big moobs and slightly wonky eyes and your wee heart would just melt...
Maybe you could set them free in Tyrone?

Nick said...

Good tip from Daisyfae, make copious notes on your clipboard and they'll think you're planning some heavy legal action that'll sting them thousands of pounds. And yes, building control at the council are the guys to get on to. There're all sorts of regulations about what builders can do and can't do, not disturbing the neighbours etc so they might be able to throw some weight around.

Sam, Problemchildbride said...

Dinosaur Jr. are a bit good, aren't they?

That's too bad you had to miss seeing them.

Miffy said...

No yoda-esque hints as to where you work so I don't book it for my husband's b'day this weekend given the staff shortages???

Manuel said...

daisyfae: christ no.......these are big fellas, small quick attacks at a time.......

boxer: aye but here you never know ho has the guns......

sheepo: I make you laugh? How I make you laugh? I'm gonna shoot you in the foot.....or pied piper but to "the gambler" and drown the fuckers.....

nick: they are currently sweeping outside my house as wee speak so maybe there has been a breakthrough.....

sam: thanks for that.....

miffy: believe me we will be sorted by then......book with confidence......

Anonymous said...

And to think you could have enjoyed an extra bonus if you had planned the right day off....after the Dinosaur Jr. gig the noise from the builders would have been no more. I saw them on their last tour and it took 3 days to get over the tinnitus....

Manuel said...

anonymous: thanks.......thanks for that.....pfft.....It's probably too late to phone in sick now anyways..

d@\/ e said...

I'm feeling the pain, especially about the builders. Hope it works out SOON! :-)

Manuel said...

d&V e: or I'll be in a mental home......seriously...

Mudflapgypsy said...

Ice in your haloperidol, sir?

Manuel said...

muddy: you saying i'm mental.......how did you guess.....

Anonymous said...

My favourite Dinosaur Jr. food related song ... Raisans

Manuel said...

anonymous: tremendous......!!

The Troll said...

Posted a restaurant tale at my blog today. You and your readers might enjoy it.

Queenie said...

Are NI builders as bad as ours here in the South?

I spend my working day surrounded by builders, trying in vain to get them to get their fingers out of their arses to finish at least a couple of new lodges before the winter set in...!!

Nice vid....that little white ball has a lot to answer for!

Native Minnow said...

I've had to miss several good concerts because of work. Stupid responsibility.

Sam, Problemchildbride said...

Oh, I didn't mean to sound mean!

If it's any consolation I can't remember the last time I went to see a full on concert. I feel old.

fatmammycat said...

Poor old darling, nothing is more tedious than having the builders in. Is there much more work to do?

ellie said...

"He got the fingers for his trouble"

That drew such a graphic image in my head and made me giggle. Hope it is all faling into place now .

belfast plate carrier said...

I was also working tuesday night but it was very very quiet. So when my manager asked me if I wanted to go at 8 I jumped at the chance, flexed my ligging muscles and before I knew it I was getting my hearing pleasantly damaged courtesy of Mascis, Barlow and Murph. This lunch was fun though.

What Customer says; 'I'd like the cod please'
What BPC hears; 'Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee'

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