Laurel & Hardy !!
Trip Start Aug 30, 2012
205Trip End Mar 21, 2013
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The furniture arrives strapped into the back of a pick-up just after midday. What the boss at the shop hadnt told us was that he employed Laurel & Hardy to do his deliveries and assembly. The next few hours could have been a remake of any number of their sketches - the piano and the carpenters spring to mind !!
Firstly they were amused that the drill bit was a magnet for the small screws and playing with that kept them going for 1/4 hour. Then they had to assemble the base of the bed and the problems started. Firstly they realised they had not brought all of the pieces so the one guy set off back to Phon Thong on an hours return trip to pick up some metal braces
Eventually his mate comes back and the argument starts up again with idiot No1, lets call him Stan, finally heading off in the pick-up with the offending piece of wood to fetch a replacement leaviong idiot No 2, Ollie ?, to continue with the job. There is slow progress but 1 1/2 hrs later Stan returns on a motorbike without any headboard at all. They do not have another bed like this one in the shop what do we want them to do ? I tell them to take the whole bed back to the sho; and tomorrow we will come into Phon Thong and pick out another one. Ollie isnt too keen on this idea as finally he has almost completed the bed assembly. They suggest using a piece of wood that is a slightly different colour. The bed is a very light wood and the 'slightly different colour' turns out to be black
About 17:00 a none too happy boss' daughter arrives. She is a big girl and scares me but launches into Stan & Ollie as soon as she is out of the truck. She is apologetic and we reach a compromise. They put the broken piece of wood back, repaired with purple sticky tape !, and they will bring a replacement piece as soon as they can - about a week. She appreciates that if the replacement isnt forthcoming it will be the last they see of our business.
I definitely need a beer tonight and I gues that STan & Ollie are quite pleased to be going home as well !!! "Thats another fine mess ..." brilliant !
Check out the following videos I took of Stan & Ollie in action ...