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Fool Me Once and You Will Be the Fool (standard:humor, 906 words)
Author: GodspenmanAdded: Jul 17 2022Views/Reads: 240/126Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
I have tried to discipline myself in getting away from those foolish ideas. With God’s help, I have been delighting in understanding. I’m not there yet, but I am progressing day by day.

Recently, the A/C company we use came and did their yearly inspection.
The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage took them around to the places 
that needed inspection. Everything turned out to be quite well and no 

That got me thinking of what happened many years ago with another
company that did our A/C work. At the time, we didn't know any company 
in that industry so we had to take some company that we did not know 
that much about, which is usually not a good idea. 

The first company thought they knew exactly what they would do and how
they would do it. They had no idea they had to deal with The Gracious 
Mistress of the Parsonage. They were in for a lesson in customer 

I remember the first day they arrived, I introduced them to my wife and
told them that she would oversee this inspection. One guy laughed as he 
looked at me, and then looked at the other guy; both laughed and said, 
“This is our expertise. We'll take charge right here.” 

That was when I had an opportunity to laugh. I knew what was coming, and
I also knew they had no idea what was coming. 

My job was to turn the situation over to The Gracious Mistress of the
Parsonage and then excuse myself to my office. Then, of course, I 
ensured I was within listening distance of what would happen. 

My wife said, “If you follow me, I will take you to where you need to

The one guy laughed and said, “Ma'am, you don't know what you're doing;
this is our job, we'll take it from here.” 

It was all I could do to keep from laughing hysterically out loud. 

“This is my house, and you will do exactly as I say.” Then, with both
hands on her hips, she gave them her infamous stare. 

The only thing I regretted was not recording this for future
entertainment. These guys thought they could boss her around because 
The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage was a woman. The only thing I 
could think of was these guys were bachelors. Only a bachelor could 
entertain such a crazy idea. 

“Okay,” my wife said, “you either come where I tell you or get out of my
house.” She said it in such a way that even those two stooges 
understood exactly what she was saying. 

She then took them to the first place to check the A/C unit, very
solemnly following her to the first point. 

They checked it out, and then she took them to the rest of those points
for their inspection. 

Then they told my wife they needed to go out to their truck and put
together their estimate of our A/C inspection. 

They were outside for about half an hour, then came in with their
estimate and handed it to my wife. 

She looked at it, then looked back at them and said, “What is this all

“Those are the things,” the one guy said very seriously, “that need to
be replaced on your unit.” 

I don't quite remember, but I think it was over $1,000 that they had
added up. 

Unfortunately for them, they thought their job was done. 

“I do not think any of this is necessary.” She said very seriously. 

They looked at her and were not smiling. One of them said, “Ma'am, what
do you mean?” 

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