Did I mention that through all the holiday rush my wife broke her ankle in two places? ‘Tripped over the dog, and fell on a hardwood floor. Our Orthopedic Physician says it’s one of the most common falls in the home, and he sees ’em all the time.
Getting around with a cast means the latest technology, and that’s a gizmo called the “knee walker”. It’s basically a glorified and adapted scooter, but it beats getting sore armpits, and offers a little more mobility. You can rent them or buy them, but either way they’re not cheap, and some insurance carriers won’t pay for them.
That same day a guy called back. ‘Said he was happy to help. We chatted about payment plans, and various options, and I asked him if he could text me his insurance code to my cell phone. I texted him back a thank you with my email. [email protected].
Sunday the man emails me. ‘Turns out he’s the CEO of the company, covering for staff on phone calls for a busy holiday weekend. Not only did he like the sound of my voice on the cell phone, but he checked out my website, and was writing back with a proposition of barter.
How ’bout I do a few on-call phone menu recordings for his answering service, he said… and he’d supply a knee walker for my wife for as long as she needed?
No insurance company, no paper-trail, no money changing hands…just a simple, old-fashioned arrangement of one value for another. Perfect!
This may be a good time to mention a blog I wrote about this in 2009 called “Your First Audition is Not in the Studio”
Doncha love it when stuff like this happens, though? My wife gets a break, and I get a new client?