RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co. | Week of 23 Jan. ’12

Someone may ask the question, why are you blogging? Why not just have a website. At this point, I’m beginning to ask myself the same question.

One reason I’m doing this is because as long as the business is open and thriving, and as long as I’m the sole proprietor, it’s going to be a business that reflects me as much as I reflect it. The ease of the blogging platform should allow me to create and copy a stock post from which to copy a top-level, non-date-relevant post that I can use when I don’t feel like updating the site, but need to keep the top content relevant.

It should also remind me to TAKE PICTURES of our jobs. Or steal Hoppers off the internet. Or animated .gifs.

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that creep can roll, man.

Barnaby The Bear’s my name, never call me Jack or James, I will sing my way to fame, Barnaby the Bear’s my name. Birds taught me to sing, when they took me to their king, first I had to fly, in the sky so high so high, so high so high so high, so – if you want to sing this way, think of what you’d like to say, add a tune and you will see, just how easy it can be. Treacle pudding, fish and chips, fizzy drinks and liquorice, flowers, rivers, sand and sea, snowflakes and the stars are free. La la la la la, la la la la la la la, la la la la la la la, la la la la la la la la la la la la la, so – Barnaby The Bear’s my name, never call me Jack or James, I will sing my way to fame, Barnaby the Bear’s my name.

Hong Kong Phooey, number one super guy. Hong Kong Phooey, quicker than the human eye. He’s got style, a groovy style, and a car that just won’t stop. When the going gets tough, he’s really rough, with a Hong Kong Phooey chop (Hi-Ya!). Hong Kong Phooey, number one super guy. Hong Kong Phooey, quicker than the human eye. Hong Kong Phooey, he’s fan-riffic!

Knight Rider, a shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist. Michael Knight, a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless in a world of criminals who operate above the law.

RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co. | Week of 16 jan. ’12

Weekly updates should feature things like…

  • “Hey, last week we did THIS thing for the first time…”
  • We served new customers in THESE neighborhoods…
  • Cool products from So-and-so were fun to install
  • We’re completely book this week — or —
  • We’ve got appointments available on Wednesday and Friday. If it’s Wednesday and you’re reading this, we probably book appointments and were too busy to update the blog.

In addition to sharing photos of things we snapped with the iPhone. iPhone; the official smartphone of RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co.

Children of the sun, see your time has just begun, searching for your ways, through adventures every day. Every day and night, with the condor in flight, with all your friends in tow, you search for the Cities of Gold. Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah… wishing for The Cities of Gold. Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah… some day we will find The Cities of Gold. Do-do-do-do ah-ah-ah, do-do-do-do, Cities of Gold. Do-do-do-do, Cities of Gold. Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah… some day we will find The Cities of Gold.

Hey there where ya goin’, not exactly knowin’, who says you have to call just one place home. He’s goin’ everywhere, B.J. McKay and his best friend Bear. He just keeps on movin’, ladies keep improvin’, every day is better than the last. New dreams and better scenes, and best of all I don’t pay property tax. Rollin’ down to Dallas, who’s providin’ my palace, off to New Orleans or who knows where. Places new and ladies, too, I’m B.J. McKay and this is my best friend Bear.

This is my boss, Jonathan Hart, a self-made millionaire, he’s quite a guy. This is Mrs H., she’s gorgeous, she’s one lady who knows how to take care of herself. By the way, my name is Max. I take care of both of them, which ain’t easy, ’cause when they met it was MURDER!

RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co. | Week of 9 jan. ’12

  Long before I started swinging this hammer, great-grandad had his little thing going in Bound Brook with the stonecrusher, which is pretty bad-ass.

Currently, we’re booking new customers during the week of XXXXX — your best bet for getting an appointment on the calendar is to have the expectation that we’ll be scheduling your job for the first full week of March, except in the case of emergencies or Premium Bookings.

*(Premium Bookings are performed at time-and-a-half — they generally represent dates and times that we’ve committed to other long-term or in-house projects, but are potentially available to customers on an emergency basis.)

… and before his son took over the quarry, he sold Harley-Davidson motorcycles in Bound Brook back in ’15. Way to go, Uncle Bill.

Just the good ol’ boys, never meanin’ no harm. Beats all you’ve ever saw, been in trouble with the law since the day they was born. Straight’nin’ the curve, flat’nin’ the hills. Someday the mountain might get ’em, but the law never will. Makin’ their way, the only way they know how, that’s just a little bit more than the law will allow. Just good ol’ boys, wouldn’t change if they could, fightin’ the system like a true modern day Robin Hood.

I never spend much time in school but I taught ladies plenty. It’s true I hire my body out for pay, hey hey. I’ve gotten burned over Cheryl Tiegs, blown up for Raquel Welch. But when I end up in the hay it’s only hay, hey hey. I might jump an open drawbridge, or Tarzan from a vine. ‘Cause I’m the unknown stuntman that makes Eastwood look so fine.

Ulysses, Ulysses – Soaring through all the galaxies. In search of Earth, flying in to the night. Ulysses, Ulysses – Fighting evil and tyranny, with all his power, and with all of his might. Ulysses – no-one else can do the things you do. Ulysses – like a bolt of thunder from the blue. Ulysses – always fighting all the evil forces bringing peace and justice to all.

 

 

RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co. | Mardi Gras!

We postponed two customers today — all three of us were extremely relieved about rescheduling. It felt like a pair of postponed blind dates or something.

I’m continuing to test out this new platform for the website, and I have to say that I’m really JAZZED about the prospects for WordPress and RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN. (Please pardon the New Orleans-inspired pun)

We don’t do much painting, plastering or stucco — or photography, for that matter — but if we did, we’d hope that it would look as good as this photo from @singep on flickr — check out his pool, here.

RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co. | Week of 2 jan ’12

Site Update Continues. Beta-Testing Ongoing.

Your patience is — as always — appreciated.

Just the good ol’ boys, never meanin’ no harm. Beats all you’ve ever saw, been in trouble with the law since the day they was born. Straight’nin’ the curve, flat’nin’ the hills. Someday the mountain might get ’em, but the law never will. Makin’ their way, the only way they know how, that’s just a little bit more than the law will allow. Just good ol’ boys, wouldn’t change if they could, fightin’ the system like a true modern day Robin Hood.

I never spend much time in school but I taught ladies plenty. It’s true I hire my body out for pay, hey hey. I’ve gotten burned over Cheryl Tiegs, blown up for Raquel Welch. But when I end up in the hay it’s only hay, hey hey. I might jump an open drawbridge, or Tarzan from a vine. ‘Cause I’m the unknown stuntman that makes Eastwood look so fine.

Ulysses, Ulysses – Soaring through all the galaxies. In search of Earth, flying in to the night. Ulysses, Ulysses – Fighting evil and tyranny, with all his power, and with all of his might. Ulysses – no-one else can do the things you do. Ulysses – like a bolt of thunder from the blue. Ulysses – always fighting all the evil forces bringing peace and justice to all.

RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co. | Week of 13 Feb. ’12

We had a busy week last week — four brand new customers, and we hope that they found our work to be a perfect fit for the needs and expectations. If not, we hope that they’ll let us know how we can do better work in the future.

This week, we’re completely booked with the exception of the afternoon of Friday afternoon the 24th — if we don’t book the date by this Tuesday, it’s going to be an office day and we’re going to close the week, except for “Premium Booking*” customers. We’re looking forward to jobs in The Marina, Pacific Heights and — thank goodness — right here on Russian Hill, all of which include some finish electrical, finish plumbing fixtures, some drywall repair and some general troubleshooting.

Currently, we’re booking new customers during the week of March 5th — your best bet for getting an appointment on the calendar is to have the expectation that we’ll be scheduling your job for the first full week of March, except in the case of emergencies or Premium Bookings.

*(Premium Bookings are performed at time-and-a-half — they generally represent dates and times that we’ve committed to other long-term or in-house projects, but are potentially available to customers on an emergency basis.)

Working Through The Details of Changing the Website…

Trying out some new features of the Theme — STRUCTURE — in wordpress.

We’re very excited about moving the website off of the WST platform from GoDaddy and using WordPress for a couple of reasons. The first is the increased quality of the finished product, which is — we must say — dramatically better on WordPress than on WST. The second is that WordPress sort-of forces our hand from being a business whose website functions as purely a static representation of ourselves to an enterprise that lets you get to know about us by learning about what we’re doing at the time that you need us. We’re looking forward to updating you on our current availability, the work we’re doing this week, the neighborhoods in which we’re working, and the things towards which we’re looking ahead during the upcoming weeks.

Pardon the grammatical errors above — I’m racing through some new posts in the interests of determining how best to utilize the site to serve you.