Waiting for the cable guy / delivery guy.Posted: December 29, 2009
A post on a friends blog got me to thinking. Exactly how long do delivery and cable people work each day and why are we always waiting for them?
Over the course of my adult life, I have been told by cable providers and companies who do large deliveries (like appliances and furniture) that their people would be by within a certain time range. Typically the time ranges are something like between 8-12 or 1-4.
The thing is, I have never had a delivery arrive at eight. I’ve never had a cable guy pull into my driveway at one. In over twenty five years of living under my own roof, it would seem that at some point I would have had to be first on someone’s list, right? I’ll go as far as to say I don’t know anyone who has had that kind of luck. No one has ever called me and said “I thought I was going to be waiting for the cable guy until 4, he showed up at 1. Let’s go hang out.”
So, if we aren’t seeing the cable or delivery guys at 8 am or 1 pm, where are they?
I don’t know. I think there are possibly cable/delivery guy recreation centers that the rest of us don’t know about. Now that I think about it, I think that is the only logical explanation.
Going to work, sitting in the warehouse, then running out to drop off one couch before going to lunch does not make sense. Going to work, leaving the warehouse immediately and spending the next three hours with your friends having fun, then delivering the couch makes a lot of sense and accounts for them not showing up until right before lunch.
I’m pretty sure the cable/delivery recreation centers are pretty nice places. When I get a big delivery, the people carrying the stuff in are always friendly. They are quick with a joke, very efficient and seem to be having a good time.
When I bought a new fridge not long ago the delivery guys were great. If I hadn’t emptied the fridge in the foolishly optimistic hope that they would be there right at noon we could have hung out and had a beer. When did they arrive? At four, fresh from the rec center. The beer was warm by then.
I’m pretty confident the discerning reader will see what we have all not been able to see until now. The only thing we’re missing at this point is the location of one of these rec centers. I don’t know what they look like but there will be a lot of cable vans and large delivery trucks from appliance and furniture stores. I don’t expect that we’d find trucks from the Postal Service, UPS, FedEx at one of these places; you never see those folks stop moving. Please keep your eyes open and report what you find.
I don’t think we’ll change things. In the end, we should probably just leave things as they are. Who are we to mess up a good thing for some hard working people? I just want to be able to answer my self when I wonder aloud – “where the hell are they?”