I know that it is important to make a good first impression, but you have to know what kind of impression you are making.
Being an HVAC technician, I didn’t think twice about using my service van to move some of our property to our new house.
I didn’t think about the first impression thing, but I wish I had. When neighbors saw the service van, they no longer looked at me as their neighbor. I was now the HVAC technician. It seems that people in such a small community think that they can impose on one another whenever they want. They were definitely starting to impose on me and my family time. I hated that this was happening. We would be in the middle of dinner and someone would call and request help with their HVAC system. It wasn’t the fact that they were asking for help because that was my job. The problem was that since we were neighbors most of them thought I was going to do the work for free. This annoyed the daylights out of me. I wouldn’t tell them to come to my house and clean it for me without paying them in some way. One of our neighbors is a caterer and I would never think to impose on her to cater a party without paying her. I can’t figure out why it is so different about my being an HvAC technician. I guess I should have realized this could happen when I took my service van home that day. That was definitely a lesson hard learned.