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Alex TenBarge
Jun 11, 2018

Day 8: Doors, Windows, and Friends

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The highlight of my day today was spending time with my friend Julia and her father Tom. I met Julia at a party last year and that story is one to share with you another day. In short, we became best friends through our taste of music, work tendencies, and compatibility. We like to be beach bums together and undergo spontaneous experiences. She has an internship with Turner as well this summer. Her father, Tom, owns and is a windows and doors contractor based out of Wayne, NJ. He has a storage unit filled with furniture not used in years. Julia and her Dad offered some of the furniture to me and my roommate for our apartment. Seeing that our apartment was filled with nothing, we took them up on the opportunity! Julia picked me up around 8:30 and we headed to Wayne. Coffee in hand, music playing, I felt good. We talked about our job sites and work experiences. She’s working on a hospital too! As we pull up to WDI (Windows and Doors Inc.) we greet Tom near his attractive pickup truck. The truck is filled with old pieces of wood, doors and windows! He asks us for our help to unload the trash into the dumpster. We lifted up heavy pieces of wood and dodged tiny shards of glass. We bonded over moving the debris into the bin. I feel like a quick way to connect with someone is to complete a simple chore similar to this with them. We lined up pieces of wood that were too long on the curb and I stomped down upon them with all my force to break them. It was sooo satisfying. When the task was completed, we headed to the storage unit to pick up the furniture. Tom pulls up the the gate and puts in his code… no success. He tries again and again it gives us no access. We pull up to the front of the building to try to talk to someone. I pull the door… it’s locked. They’re closed on Sundays. Usually you’d still be able to access your unit anytime but for some reason his account number was denied. I could see he was frustrated but after accepting the fact that we’ll just have to come back some other time all of us seemed oddly okay with it. I had to be dropped off in the Bronx so we made our way towards the GW bridge. It was a nice car ride filled with conversation about construction trades, constructing tiny houses, and college. All of us are familiar with the construction industry so it was fun to talk shop. We arrived at my place and I showed them around. Tom was impressed by the backyard and the fact that we had decent space to work with. I helped him measure the areas the furniture would be then we decided to grab lunch. We went to this Mexican joint called Estrellitas on Arthur Ave. One of the best Mexican restaurants I’ve been to, I highly recommend it. The meal was great. Tom talked about work he’s doing and it led him to advice he gave us. He told us to be successful at anything you do you must a) have the skill to do it and b) create a relationship and care for your client. Since running his business, he prioritizes "facetime" with the client. No phones, no emails, just face to face interactions. It creates a new level of value for both parties and makes work generally better. I liked how he implements this and prioritizes this into his business. It was a pleasant day.


Thank you,


Liam Scott
Jun 11, 2018

Awesome day made even better by Estrellita's

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