I Won't Be Late!

My fiancée Gaetana thinks that we should own a home, rather than rent as we do.

And I think that’s because Guy has never sat at my desk on a Sunday afternoon and watched our landlord Betty cut the grass!



Looking closely at the picture, it seems that while I wasn't watching, Betty has been doing a fine job keeping the gutters clean! Which I appreciate, because it would be "awks" for me to watch her climb the ladder while I was sitting here sipping my caffeine and writing to you.

By renting, I avoid more than just taking Betty's place in that picture. I don’t cut the grass in the summer; I don’t blow the leaves in the fall; and I don’t shovel snow in the winter.

If I took on all the homeowner-weekend tasks myself, my Monday blogs would be a banal pile of whiny-ness instead of the refreshing sharp-wittedness to which you’ve become accustomed!

I have owned homes before. A decidedly unprofitable experience which to this day supports my inner-renter! But even as a homeowner, I used to “sub-out” the weekend-busting work like dealing with the grass, snow and gutters.

The idea of having someone do the work is hardly a new one, nor is it unique to just me. If you’ve ever gotten take-out because you didn’t feel like making dinner, I know you feel me!

If you’re an independent paint dealer, you do the same thing around your stores as I do around my house: you sub it out!

While always willing to help at the counter, tint a gallon or even make a delivery, you generally don’t! You pay counter help, tinters and drivers to do that work for you.

Prioritization of your time is one reason to assign work to others but it’s far from the only one.

Expertise is another reason to assign a task, particularly a mission critical one. You could take the time and learn the tax code; but wisdom dictates that you hire an accountant instead! You’re free to learn the law and represent yourself i