Friday, April 24, 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015

New roof, new hats, preparation and confidence moving forward

So, while my wife and I were enjoying the South Western United States...the winds came to Helena and when we returned there were some roofing tiles that blew off the roof.
The picture above is NOT my roof, but mine looks sort of similar in places.  Old and weather beaten.  I decided to call our insurance company and have an insurance adjustor come out and examine our roof.
My wife was against it.  We can't afford a new roof she says.  It's fine, let it go.  I didn't know how much of the damage our insurance would cover, but I needed to know.  So against her better judgment I made the call to our insurance company.
He arrived on time for his scheduled appointment this afternoon at 1:00 p.m.  With ladder and business card in hand he introduced himself and then climbed up on the roof to inspect and measure.  He was up there about 30 minutes or so before he knocked on the front door again.
My wife's worries that the insurance company wouldn't pay were unfounded.  I was hoping they might pay at least 35 percent of the cost of the roof, 50 percent maybe. 
One hundred percent of the costs paid for!!!  It's all covered!!!  No deductible!  I'm doing the happy dance!!!  Eleven thousand dollars worth of happy dance!!!
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These are drill sergeant/Smokey Bear kind of head gear.  Two of the men on our funeral honor guard team have both had skin cancer.  One on his arms and back of neck, the other on his cheeks.  So the team voted to get head gear that covered our nose and back of neck during sunny weather.  I thought they were sort of cool looking.  We can also order long sleeve shirts for the summer uniform.
Later today I told my wife about the new hats.  I said, "hey...let me show you the new hats we are wearing for sunny days."  So I went and put it on for her. 
She almost burst out loud laughing.  It looks like a lady's bonnet she said.   What!?!  It's a man's hat!  Why did you guys switch to these hats?  To protect us from the sun.  BWAH-HA-HA!!!
I was mortally wounded.  But I got over her opinion.  I like it. 
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There is less than 19 days left until we are in our first Spartan Race for 2015.  Chris and I are training every other afternoon now on our obstacles.  There is no fear.  Just confidence moving forward counting down the days till go time.  It doesn't matter what you are training for.  Preparation is key.  Just ask any musician that has a gig, if they feel the need to practice before they perform.  Or the high school football coach who has to get the team ready for the big game on Friday night.  It's all about preparation.  There are dozens of examples.  Preparation is key to getting the confidence a person needs to feel successful and achieve that victory.  Here's to victory - cheers!