I Meant Boats

Mandy tripped out her front door, latte in hand, on her way to meet Nick an electrician local to their community who was making quite the splash in the area installing electric vehicle chargers. Ever since the rise of the electric car there had been a huge demand for installation and Nick was the only man equipped for the job in their small community. This was why her employer, Dover Street, wanted her to get an interview with him. After a couple weeks of calling she had finally been able to set up a meeting and now she was going to be late thanks to her dog deciding to chew up a pillow this morning amongst other things. She never could seem to keep everything together. 

She walked through the front door of his shop right on time thanks to her biking skills, unfortunately she was a little sweaty which she tried to hide as she had a look around. She spotted a gentleman wearing a shirt with the name, “Nick” embroidered across the upper left-hand corner. She walked over extending her hand, “Hi Nick, I’m Mandy the report from Dover Street. It is so nice to meet you. I have to say it is very refreshing to see a business owner back behind the counter getting his hands dirty.” 

The boy stood wide eyed staring at Mandy’s hand. “Uh um,” she heard behind her. She turned and standing there was a tall, slender man in a suit. Her hand was still extended and she noticed everyone could see what a sweaty mess she was. 

“Hi Mandy,” the man said, “I’m Nick.”

Oh gosh, she thought, as if she could be more embarrassed. “Of course, you are! I am so sorry Nick is a popular name.” 

“Hmm yes, well sorry I’m not in my electrical clothes working behind the counter today. I have quite a few meetings today, but I do prefer working with my hands” he replied with a little grin. 

She had already looked foolish, she thought, great. “Of course you do so I won’t take up too much of your time. Shall we get started?” 

“Why not,” he replied. 

“Great,” she smiled releasing a big breath. “So, Nick I’m told you actually went to college with the inventor of the electric car is that true?” She questioned. 

“Haha, not quite the inventor, but my friends were doing great work in their studies on making electric cars more economically feasible” Nick replied.

Mandy could tell she was blowing this, “Yes sorry of course, I almost always have my research double checked. Anyway, I’d love to know what inspired you to start this business?” She asked. 

Nick smiled politely, he could tell she was nervous. “I studied the electrical trade. Then when I saw electrical cars were becoming the way of the future I made myself equip to serve that need,” he replied, “Originally, though the Tradesman Electrician specialized in electrical panels. From there it was an easy transition to electric vehicle chargers.”

That was a great answer, Mandy thought. “Last question,” she said glancing down at her notes. Unfortunately, they had gotten smudged on her bike ride over. She squinted trying to read her bosses handwriting. “It is to my understanding you are very interested in butts. Have you always been a sailor?” She realized what she had accidentally said as the words left her mouth, “Boats! I meant boats!” 

Nick laughed, “Yes I have always been interested in boats Mandy, while I am less interested in human anatomy.” 

Mandy was mortified. She shook his hand and excused herself quickly. Maybe she would be better suited for a career in boats or anatomy she thought as she biked home. 

You can find and contact The Tradesman Electrician here:

(949) 378-8334

What’s in a Reputation

Brothers-in-Truth, we are faced today with most grave and alarming news: the United States is down to it’s final blockbuster video. This travesty was reported by our close news partner in nothing but the truth, CNN. It turns out Bend Oregon is the final stronghold for popular video rental with no late fees. An unbelievable feat really in the face of the constant competition and public demand for instant gratification streaming.

This just another victim of the corporate machine getting louder and faster and churning honest service and cinema under its tires. Other truth driving patriots include our good friends at Circuit City, Borders, and mervyn’s. No one had a deeper bond with honest news and true patriotism than mervyn’s. But today everything seems to boil down to reputations and that’s the subject of today’s breaking news. Certain business’ reputations are starting to climb out of control and we’re turning our Skeptic Scopes to see just how great these industry giants really are.

According to ‘everyone gets a trophy’ JD Power & Associates, Ford is the best truck of the year. We at the Dover Street Examiner have seen our fair share of brilliant pickups and no truck has yet to top this baby

In the same breath there are more technology companies popping up every day that claim to know the very best anti-virus software to protect us from the most truth-destructive enemy of all: hackers. Breaking news from PC Mag: Avast antivirus. Really? Yet another comical corporate push for FREE-mium software which is just a piece of software lying about being free. Plus everyone knows the best antivirus is Linux. Kick those hackers right back in the teeth if they try to enter our temple of truth.

The final and most insidious change to our way of life in these past weeks is the ever-honest and paragon of patriotism Costco’s horrifying decision to replace polish sausages with acai bowls. This tragedy falling on the heels of the removal of chocolate as a flavor option in frozen yogurt. Is nothing sacred? This is perhaps the greatest breach in trust with we loyal bulk buying disciples of discount. The reputation of acai bowls is clearly being overblown by those algorithm-toting, truth-filtering tricksters at instagram. No one wanted this change but an overblown reputation has claimed another victim. RIP Polish Sausage.


Don’t even get us started on consumer-service review sites. Better Business Bureau, TripAdvisor, AngiesList, the Health Department, they’re all out to play a popularity contest with our honest feelings about the goods and services we buy. What ever happened to the days of honest yelp certified organic marketers that help consumers make their voices heard and show the best businesses for what they really are? These kind of reviews give us hope but then again we all know hope is a great weakness if you let your guard down…

Keep your eyes peeled for the truly BEST products, services, and patriots in our field and report them in to us so we can share the good news with our loyal followers in truth. Until then, keep your guard up, stay skeptical, and stay diligent out there.