One of the most important parts of Living in the Philippines is finding the people you need to get things done. Tradesmen, handymen, builders and the rest of the assortment of qualified people you need to get something fixed or built.
When talking to a friend and explaining the trouble you’re having with something, and your friend says to you; “I have a guy!” This is like music to your ears, “The Guy” comes recommended to you from a friend and your problem is 50% solved.
Over the 20 years I’ve been here I have collected a vast list of “Guys” all of who hold a specialized talent in areas that I lack. I would never have survived without these hard working folks. I was just at the funeral of the man who built my Mindanao Bob Deluxe BBQ Grill, truly a good and talented man. We’ll miss the Kuya.
If you can name the job, I’ll wager I have a “Guy” on my list that can handle it and handle it well. Over the years I’ve cultivated my list, adding sometimes and culling at other times. But there will come that once in awhile when a new thing comes up and you are lacking “The Guy” on your list to accomplish this new task.
I never panic because I’m 100% sure that one of “My Guy’s” knows another guy that has that talent. The benefit to that is when he recommends you to the new “Guy” he’ll fill him in on what type of person you are. Things like:
Are you an ugly Kano?
Do you pay fairly and on time?
Do you interfere in the work being done with new and improved “Foreign” ways of doing the job?
WARNING “Danger Will Robinson” A few years back I recommended one of these guys to a Kano, the next time I called my guy he wasn’t interested in working for me ever again. It seems the other Kano mistreated him and I was guilty by association. If I hadn’t gone to the “GUY’s” house with a case of beer and apologized, my list would have been lacking an important name and I would also lose a friend. The Kano I’ve not seen since that day. I’ve been very careful since then with my list.
This week my list has been utilized twice. Sunday my “Puter” was acting up and generally doing strange things. I phone Joel my puter guy, he was busy that day but Monday he’ll drop by and take a look. Late Monday he came by took a look, worked his magic and was back down the road with pesos in his pocket and a smile on his and my face.
Monday night there is a brownout just before bed, it was a cool evening so with the windows open a good night’s sleep was achieved. 5 AM I started my Honda Generator, flicked some switches and power was flowing. At 9 AM the machine shut its self off, I went out back and restarted it after checking oil and gas and proper switch settings and it fired right up. Humming along until I hit the breaker to send electric power to the house, nothing happened the generator was running but it had ceased generating.
Tony was working for the company where I bought the generator back in 1999, and he installed it at our house. When talking to him I found that he and his family live one street over. So he looked at me and I looked at him, and said: “Tony, then you could be the one to maintain the generator without your boss being involved and keeping all the money I pay.” That plan had merit and Tony has serviced and done the maintenance on the machine ever since. Plus the shared parties and a beer or two between us.
Tuesday morning with no power, Tony arrived and within a few minutes found that the thingy that spins real fast in the magnetic field making electricity was blown out, and basically not working. Oh so now the brownout ended, but the machine still needs to be repaired.
Tony is small engine repair guy, and has no knowledge of spinning sparking things. But he does know a “Guy”… Wednesday morning the two men arrive the, all things electric person, agrees with what Tony had found.
It was decided that the replacement part would be well over $500.00 but for far less he would rewind the armature (I think that’s what he called it)
Now for those who hail from lands far from these enchanted isles, when was the last time you have heard of someone rewinding an electric motor? We from the lands of scrap it and buy a new one are shocked that people still do that.
Fine with me it’s the first time any money has been spent on repairs in 15 years. Well we did replace the pull cord twice. But complain or moan about it, I refuse to do.
My new electric motor “Guy” needs to bring the Honda to his shop in Olongapo. I’m washing the car (Staying out of their way and respecting their knowledge.) When around the corner they come dragging the Honda with them.
Keeping my mouth firmly shut, but thinking; “They arrived on 150cc motor scooter, what are they doing with the generator?” Mayang’s sister shows up with a Trike and driver and I again I shut the hell up and watched them try to put 50 pounds of potatoes in a 10 pound sack. But between the three guys they did it. Will wonders never cease”
So the Honda is off being repaired, and tuned up. Soon all will be right with the world again, and a new name has been added to my “That Guy” list. This is one thing I’m serious about, that will be the most important list you’ll ever add. Yes there are a few in-laws on it too.