On Chrysanthemums


A great friend of mine, who worked in the garden business once had to plant a full grown tree into a very rich woman’s garden. The woman was unsatisfied and told the gardeners that they would have to replant the full grown tree into a different postition.

It was as if she we’re re-arranging her living room.

My friend was not happy; Not because he would continue to be making money on-the-hour, but because he would have rather been planting Chrysanthemums.

True story.

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on May 11, 2013 - 8:41 pm

    To you Jerry!

    I didn’t treat you any well near enough while you here.

    Thanks your consideration of me.

  2. #2 by Larry Bergan on May 13, 2013 - 11:52 pm

    I guess this post probably has people scratching their heads.

    Let me put it this way.

    Who deserves more money? Someone who can afford a computer program which makes stock trades in micro-seconds while it’s owner is probably buying sex…


    Someone who actually works really hard, transplanting full-grown trees and can’t see because he is sweating so much that his eyeglasses are covered with that sweat.

    Just a thought.

  3. #3 by Glenden Brown on May 14, 2013 - 8:51 am

    Larry – it’s also about privilege. This woman casually treating both workers and tree as objects to be ordered about, to do her bidding because she is paying.

    In grad school, I worked front desk at a hotel. One week we had a group of well to do suburbanites in the hotel for a sporting event of some sort (I think it was a children’s soccer league finals or la crosse or some such); anyway, it was then and there I realized I’d welcome New Yorkers and New Jerseyites any day over privileged suburbanites. These people were from hell – their attitude was “We’re paying therefore we can demand anything we want and you are expected to provide it because we’re paying.” We’d explain, “No we don’t provide breakfast, there’s a restaurant across the street.” We had people call their orders in to the front desk and expect us to call the restaurant and place their orders and then get mad when we’d say, “Please call the restaurant directly.”

  4. #4 by Larry Bergan on May 14, 2013 - 3:02 pm

    That’s a good story Glenden. I worked in a retail optical store as a lab technician and it’s a tough job, but I was real glad that most of the time, others had to deal with the customers. I wish we could have video taped some of the incidents we had with some of the customers and watched them later at a party. Probably a good thing we didn’t because we probably would have died laughing.

    But my friend Jerry’s encounter is the best customer service story I ever heard. I once tried to talk him into buying glasses with plastic lenses because his were so heavy and he sort of got mad at me. Then I realized that he needed glass lenses because he was constantly wiping dust and sweat off them.

    I can honestly say that Jerry was the kindest person I ever met, but he was NOT happy when he got off work that day. 🙂

    • #5 by Glenden Brown on May 15, 2013 - 11:11 am

      Speaking of privilege – did you see the article in which a researcher found out that some wealthy families have “rented” disabled people for their visits to Disney World so that they don’t have to wait in line? Disney has a policy that allows disabled persons to us a special entrance and skip the line for rides. Apparently, rich people aren’t like us, they’re far more despicable, selfish and cringe worthy.

      • #6 by Larry Bergan on May 15, 2013 - 4:16 pm

        Actually I was told about this by a co-worker this morning. My reaction was, “people are always thinking, aren’t they?”

        You can’t make this stuff up, but it’s probably the only story “The New York Post” HASN’T made up.

  5. #7 by cav on May 15, 2013 - 11:52 am

    The do nothing republicans going full out on political witch hunts to distract the public from realizing that it’s the republicans themselves that are still bent on destroying this country for three more years – all because a black man, elected by a majority, remains in the White House, make dispicablility, selfishness, and cringe-worthy, look positively angelic.

    • #8 by Larry Bergan on May 15, 2013 - 4:26 pm

      That’s for sure. It would be great if we could just ignore them, but it’s hard to ignore the people who control your life.

      They must think we’re pretty stupid to think they can turn a distraction like Benghazi into a battle between the parties like the Clinton impeachment. We’ve seen this farce before.

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