When my Father thought he had a job..."thought" being the operative word.

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When my Father thought he had a job..."thought" being the operative word.

This morning my post This was my conversation with Mickey last night. Keep in mind she has never met any of these people. dealt with my Mother.  Of course, that got me thinking about my Father.

The week of Thanksgiving in 2001, I moved back to Cleveland from NYC.  For a year and a half I lived with my parents.  


January of 2002 I started a job as a Property Manager for a small community with a little over 300 suites.  Fourteen buildings, garden style apartments, a lovely little community.  The day I started the job was the day my Father "thought" he had a job and was working again.

It was about 10 minutes from my parents home, and my 84 year old Father (at the time, he has since passed) would show up almost every day.  He'd park his car in front of my office and walk the grounds.  Each day I got a report that went something like this:

  • The gutters on all of the buildings need to be cleaned. 
  • Building 12 needs a new roof.
  • The back door of Building 7 needs to be painted.
  • Get someone out here to check the downspout on Building 3.
  • Call the garbage people, the dumpsters are full.









I'd write down everything he told me.  Then he would always say something like "What do you do here all day?  Why don't you know this stuff needs to be done?  It's a good thing you've got me around to help you.  Make sure you tell your boss about all this too, but don't tell him I told you, you'll get fired."


At dinner every night, he would tell my Mother what he did at work that day.  
More than likely it was because of my Father doing such an excellent job that I got promoted to Operations Manager after 10 months.

What do you think?

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Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
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Another set of eyes...a different list of priorities...and a bonus to your employer !

Sep 01, 2012 01:41 AM #28
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Patricia Kennedy
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Roger, I love your story!  It sounds like something that my dad would have done! 

Sep 01, 2012 02:03 AM #29
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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
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My Dad was so proud of all of his kids Endre, truly a wonderful man.  Thanks so much.

Thanks Mike, he loved every minute of it, as did I.

It is such a great memory for me Debbie.........amazing how the little things mean so much.

Thanks for sharing that story with me Janis, and the wonderful compliment.  My Dad suffered from depression, so this was huge for him............he felt useful every day.  You are so right, a reason to get up, shower and get dressed, he had purpose, just like your Dad.  I love the "office" and the computer he never learned to use!

Good point Kevin..........but I did kept him on as a consultant...................LOL.

Exactly, and it didn't cost them another salary Sally and David.

Thanks Patricia, you must have had a pretty cool Dad too.

Sep 01, 2012 02:05 AM #30
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
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Great story and on the property management side....it shows that we need to GET OUT THERE and INSPECT because even when a property is occupied, we can't rely on residents to report items to us.

He was a trusted and valued UNemployee

Sep 01, 2012 02:59 AM #31
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Liz Wallace
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I just loved this story, I'm working and you just cheered me up, thanks.

Sep 01, 2012 07:45 AM #32
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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
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Yes he was Wallace..............and between the two of us, we covered every inch of that property, inside and out.

Nice to hear that I could make your day Liz............make it a great weekend, and thank you.

Sep 01, 2012 08:00 AM #33
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Jill Sackler
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It's unanimous. Everyone loves this story. It was great for him and a great help to you.

Sep 01, 2012 07:23 PM #34
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Liz and Bill Spear
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Roger, And who can't use that extra pair of eyes when you're managing a large property like that? This post gives me a warm feeling and I can just see in my mind that daily report coming to you :)

Sep 02, 2012 02:01 AM #35
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Debbie Gartner
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You know Roger, one of you best talents/assets is that you know how to make others feel great about themselves.  It's truly amazing.

Sep 02, 2012 05:12 AM #36
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Joni Staples
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Aww... I don't j ow how I missed this, but I'm glad it was included in Pat's blog. BTW: it's much better than warm chocolate chip cookies! XO

Sep 02, 2012 06:59 AM #37
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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
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Thanks Jill, it was a fun story to tell, a great memory.

BLiz, he felt so important...........it was wonderful to see how excited he got when he was telling Mickey about his day at work and how he would ask me if I went over everything with my boss.

Wow, that's quite a compliemtn Debbie, thanks so much, I really appreciate that very much.

See you in much better than warm chocolate chip cookies too Miss Joni.............thanks my Love!

Sep 02, 2012 07:12 AM #38
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Lottie Kendall
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Nice, Roger! You made me think of how I'd sometimes take my mom with me when I'd preview houses. She enjoyed the car ride, and while I was inside taking a look, she'd sit in the car, notepad in hand, jotting notes about the neighborhood, curbside appearance, etc. Good times, which I miss.

Sep 02, 2012 08:56 AM #39
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Roger D. Mucci
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That is such a sweet story Lottie..............nice that you did that for your Mom, that made her feel so important too.  I've done the same thing with Mickey on some decorating jobs, take her shopping for shower curtains, bedding, other decor items............she loves it.  Thanks so much for sharing your story.

Sep 02, 2012 09:24 AM #40
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Donna Foerster
Cherry Creek Properties, LLC - Parker, CO
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Roger~ That's a great story.  I can just imagine him walking the property and making his observations.  You're a good son  for being so patient with him.  I'm sure you did get the promotion because of it.  Good karma!  :-)

Sep 02, 2012 10:12 AM #41
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Roger D. Mucci
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Well I was told that one of the reasons they wanted me in the Operations Manager position was the fact that I got along so well with people and would be very involved with every employee of the company Donna, so I guess that counts.  Thanks.

Sep 02, 2012 03:12 PM #42
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Susan Emo
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That's a definite "Twofor" !   Again, something my own Father would have done as well.  And, would have taken great pride in.  I loved the part about opening up the rent cheques at the beginning of the month - I can just see it!  Your Father must have been so very proud of you Roger.

Sep 02, 2012 05:28 PM #43
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Nancy Laswick
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Roger, this is such a beautiful story. What a great Dad. You were a lucky guy.

Sep 03, 2012 12:03 AM #44
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Scott Fogleman
Witt-Fogleman Team 434-941-8847 - Forest, VA
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Roger- Sounds like your dad had it going on... i am sure his help had a positive influence.

Sep 03, 2012 03:00 AM #45
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Sandy Acevedo
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Hi Roger, fantastic story! And it is so great that you did not shun him and his advice. You're at the top of my list for being that way.

Sep 03, 2012 10:37 AM #46
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Roger D. Mucci
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That he was Susan, and likekwise I'm sure, he was a great man.  One more thing we have in common, wonderful Dad's.

Thanks Nancy, I think I'm a luck guy too.

He was a cool guy Scott.

Nice compliment Sandy, thanks so much!  I always listened to his advice, whether I took it or not.

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