Susan called Mr. F tonight to confirm what time he'd be showing up. She said he sounded a little annoyed that she insisted he give her a time, but said that he would be there between 8 and 9. I have to work in the morning, which sucks, but I'm going to get over there as soon as I can. He said he'd have a few hours of work so he might still be there and working by the time I show up.
Thanks for all the comments on this continuing saga. To be fair to Mr. F, I've only been dealing with him for three weeks. It was Mr. K that blew me off for months and months. Mr. K is not in the riding arena business, even though he has a barn. Besides his boarding facility he also has another business, so although I wanted him to do the work I couldn't really expect him to drop what he has going on just to help me out. He did tell me that he'd be able to do it, but since it was mostly a favor how could I get mad at the guy?
The situation with Mr. F is a little different. This guy's business is riding arenas. While I didn't expect our relatively small job to get pushed to the top of the list, what I did expect is for him to be good to his word. If he had said "Listen, I'm really busy right now and won't be able to get to you until the end of August.", that would have been perfectly fine with me. All I want is some honesty and integrity. And to be treated with a little respect. Three weeks of "Yeah I'll call you." and "I might be able to get there this weekend." really started to piss me off. That's no way to run a business.
But it looks like Susan was able to accomplish what I've been unable to. He said he's coming tomorrow. He gave a time. If he doesn't show up tomorrow we'll go with someone else.