Posted Fri Mar 8, 2013 9:22AM
great story Mr. Pimp. From my perspective as a service provider, I will always offer advise friends/family on what I think should be done marketing- or design-wise. I'll work with them on it, but they have to be the ones to learn it and do the actual work when the initial project is over. For example, if I help guide a logo design, during our discussions, we'll talk about using the logo and about marketing. They can use this info in the future. If I have to go back and provide the same education or any further physical work because they wreck it, I'll become disengaged when I realize I'm being taken advantage of.
It sounds like your friend and you both knew exactly how to get the most out of his time and expertise to keep the personal relationship healthy. I imagine he trusts you enough to answer the phone when you seek further guidance.
(Edited on 2013-03-08 09:22:43 by pink_cotton_candy)
Posted Fri Mar 8, 2013 11:02AM
Truth be told I bought him off well in advance with several pairs of concerts tickets for him and his wife.
That phone call is what's known as calling in a favor.
But, he really is a great friend who loves cars and started at the age of ten working on autos in his yard with his three brothers.
He gets embarrassed when I tell him he knows every nut and bolt ever put into production.
I have been to cars shows with this guy and listen intently while he talks to all types of manufacturer's reps and car connoisseurs. He has something of interest to share with them all. It really is fascinating.
He'll tell me what part of town, demographically, has the best cars at the police auto auctions and how it's critical to strike before the masses get their tax returns. He'll buy one of these cars cheap, drive it for a few months while he is fixing it up, then sell it for a profit.
It's reality tv without the camera. The nice thing is, knowing all the angles of the car game, he's a fair person. He states his cautions and concerns upfront.
He simply lives, eats and breathes automobiles. Not a trait any super hero I know of possesses.
Posted Fri Mar 8, 2013 12:16PM
Hmmm. How about "Automatic Man", or "SuperGlide", or "StreamLiner", or "Wrench-It-Righter"? Or maybe "Bolt-on Boy", or perhaps "Speed Demon", or....? Yeah, okay, I know. You don't need me to continue.
Regardless the name or title, a great friend to have, for sure!