Yesterday it was as simple as arranging for the recovery company to come and take her to John's garage. This morning was a whole different ball game......
I call John to discuss times and ask him about the weak bridge I have heard about near his place. He confirms that there is indeed a 3 ton limit so it will have to be carried to the bridge then towed on a long rope over the bridge.
No problem. I call the recovery company and confirm this.
I call Ed to see about getting the keys from his pocket, to Donna. He says he's a very long way off and there's no way he can do that today. I beg him to move her for me as it's costing me a fortune. He says he can at the weekend but not before. This is no good as John only has today free and I need her running and MOT'd by the 3rd if possible.
I remember Dave (the previous owner) said it was easy enough to get into so I call him to ask him how it's done. He tells me how and then remembers he has put a krooklok on the steering wheel and he has the key in his pocket. He is in Norwich town centre and won't be free until 5 pm. I count to ten, see the logic behind locking a vehicle he no longer owns but wonder why he hasn't told me.
I call a mini cab company near Dave's work and arrange for them to get the key and take it to the recovery company. Then they tell me they don't accept card payments.
I call the recovery company to see if they are near enough to Dave to get the key. They are not. They also inform me they do not accept card payments. I take a deep breath.
I call Ed again. Over the sound of sawing wood in the background which does indeed sound like a baboon being punched (see Eddie Izard) he explains that it's not going to be possible for him to get the cash and get it to the recovery company.
I call John. He also can't help with paying the recovery company.
Ed calls me. he tells me about North Tuddenham Garage.
I call North Tuddenham Garage and Terry is great. They accept card payments and charge a hell of a lot less for it too.
I get a text from Dave saying his friend is going to unlock Donna and remove the krooklok.
I Call terry and he says he has spoken to John and it's all happening at about 2 pm today.
I pour myself a plastic cup of fizzy water and relax.
All this while dealing with a slightly complicated client and doing my job too.
This is actually a potted version and there were a lot more calls involved.
I can't help thinking how those over inflated egos and super confident idiots they have on "The Apprentice" would have handled this. I have visions of a van full of non Kosha cheese being dumped into the sea.