It's amazing the reactions you get when you tell people you want 20 folding chairs and a PA system delivered to a parking lot in downtown Dallas for three hours. "We don't have any available." "We're going to to charge you $300 to deliver $200 worth of equipment." "We don't do business in Dallas. Yes, I know this is a local number. Ooh, you're breaking up. Bye!" It's as if they don't realize I know it's an insane request.
One guy suggested I could pick up the equipment myself to avoid the early-morning extra delivery fee. I told him I could maybe get a mixing board and three chairs in my Bug but strapping the podium to the roof was going to be tough. He was still laughing when I hung up.
|If only I had one of these.|
|Who can blame them?|
When I suggested I could rent a truck at Home Depot and transport everything myself, I was told I could pick up the chairs but the sound equipment had to be delivered for insurance reasons. I said it didn't make much sense to pick up half my order and still be charged the same to deliver the other half. The answer was: Nope, it don't. I think we got disconnected when I started hitting my forehead with the phone.
Anyway, I've got more phone calls to make. If you know anyone who can bring 20 folding chairs, a podium, and a small PA system to a parking lot in downtown Dallas on Thursday morning, and pick it up a few hours later, and not charge an arm and a leg, let me know. Have them call me once they stop laughing.