HEADING TO HEATH: TAKING GRANITE FOR GRANTED – LESSON FIVE
The granite situation had been so dire, I’d postponed my hair appointment. Now I don’t get my hair done every week like my mom used to. For her it was a Friday morning thing she did come hell or high water. I’m not kidding about the high water part, but hell might have at least made her reschedule for later in the day. I go about once every six weeks and the last three days of that six weeks are painful, but for once I moved the appointment.
It was only a one day postponement. I decided the appointment would become the first thing on a long list of things I’d been putting off. Not hard things, not frivolous things, just things like taking the dry cleaning and using a good coupon or two. Bill added an item or two to the list, like checking on the house.
Not Quite Paradise
I soon figured out that while I was getting the hair on my head sorted out, the granite picture had skewed once more. I started getting calls from Bill that were quite unpleasant. After the granite people measured the cabinets, Bill went to their office to approve the overlay for cutting the granite. Unfortunately, MaryCarmen had been wrong. After they measured everything was not OK. The price had changed. There was a little bit for this and a little bit for that and all of a sudden the granite was out of our budget AGAIN!
To the Slab Yards Again!
The next day we were back at the slab yards. This time we didn’t even go to IMC. We just parked at Levantina. We’d seen a few slabs there we could afford, even if we didn’t love them. Bill liked one called Black Magma better than I did, but we were pretty desperate.
Here’s the thing with Bill. It’s not enough for him to observe that something is wrong. He has an insatiable desire to fix it. Since we’d been earnestly shopping for granite for months with no success, there was obviously something seriously wrong with the system. He’d been trying to fix it ever since MSI wouldn’t give him even a hint of what he might be able to afford. At Levantina he finally found someone who was willing to talk to him about it – John Mitchell the GM. John completely agreed with Bill about everything that’s wrong with the system. Along the way, we got an education in the slab business, most of which we’d already earned on our on, but we didn’t find any granite.
After our re-education, we got serious about the Black Magma, but wouldn’t you know it, it was on reserve! Completely frantic, we started visiting everything that even looked like it had granite. It was late on a Friday but we were desperate. We’re talking a converted car repair shop on Harry Hines where they had a few slabs. A floor shop on I-35 with a few slabs out back. Some places we just scoped out for a closer look on Saturday. Others we went in just to cross them off our list.
Come Saturday Morning
We woke up determined to find a slab no matter what! We went back to the Levantina area and visited some of the smaller players in the area. Louisiana Stone: Lots of slabs displayed willy nilly in the library style, nothing to give a hint of the price. We marked it off the list. Lackstone: smaller collection, but displayed beautifully. We found a contender called San Luiz, but our fabricator couldn’t give us a price. EXPO Stones: Lots of selection, but nothing anywhere as pretty as other things we’d loved.
We went to Lackstone to give the San Luiz another look. Then we sat in the car trying to decide whether we should reserve it or not. That’s when the phone rang. An ecstatic MaryCarmen called to let us know “for this moment only”they were willing to mark down the granite to meet our budget. Bill wouldn’t give her an answer. He hung up and we pow-wowed. Verona – nothing. IMC – nothing. MSI – never again. Levantina – reserved and I wasn’t crazy about it. Lousiana Stone – nothing. EXPO – nothing.
Who were we kidding? We went back to MaryCarmen and took her up on her offer. Were we through? Look into my eyes! I am honest and Lesson Six is coming!