Years ago, a different kind of Carpet Cleaning era!

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And to think, in 30 years I'm gonna be able to say "back in day we had to fuel our TMs with gasoline, and guys were buying diesel/propane heaters and carrying them in the trucks"!
They will say "how primitive" you guys didn't have hydrogen fuel cell units like now.... Almost sounds like my daughter when looking at an old picture of my car, she asked about those funny looking tapes that were on the dash. (remember the 8 tracks).
 

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I was high tech, I had an answering service, and the girl prided herself in tricking the callers into thinking they were talking to my company.
She would page me, no tm's yet, I called her from custies phone or payphone, got the details called the customer, and booked the job.
I remember people seeing the pager, and asking if I was a doctor.
Then I got the Phone-Mate remote answering machine, so I could call in and playback the messages.
The thing cost $299 which is over $1200 in today's funny money.
But I was just a kid making crazy great $$, over 60 cents a foot, and I was the lowball guy.

Many many years later, my first cell phone was the size of a motorcycle battery, and had a corded handset.

Good times.
 
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I was high tech, I had an answering service, and the girl prided herself in tricking the callers into thinking they were talking to my company.
She would page me, no tm's yet, I called her from custies phone or payphone, got the details called the customer, and booked the job.
I remember people seeing the pager, and asking if I was a doctor.
Then I got the Phone-Mate remote answering machine, so I could call in and playback the messages.
The thing cost $299 which is over $1200 in today's funny money.
But I was just a kid making crazy great $$, over 60 cents a foot, and I was the lowball guy.

Many many years later, my first cell phone was the size of a motorcycle battery, and had a corded handset.

Good times.
Your right! I remember my first cell phone had a battery life of about 1-2 hours but in the manual they said 4-6. Always made sure that baby was plugged into the cig lighter. HaHa
 

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Your right! I remember my first cell phone had a battery life of about 1-2 hours but in the manual they said 4-6. Always made sure that baby was plugged into the cig lighter. HaHa
Oh yeah, I bet it weighed 5 pounds, there was no way you would carry it very far.
For all practical purposes, it was a car phone.
I was an owner operator, driving truck then, and my first couple bills were like $1000!!
 

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What's weird to me is even at 29 I remember that.
The company I worked for used radios instead of cell phones, no GPS just maps.
I bet I would have been at least 20% more efficient if I had GPS.

im only 29 too Torrey, and I was using old hagstom maps also when i started 13+ years ago. trying to find these tiny little 2 house long back roads, or the roads that started in one place, and ended somewhere that dident even connect were good times.:rolleyes:
 

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Sounds like you had it made. I was carring a Ninja up seven flights of strairs in the Tenderloin 'cause the elevator was out. Filling up a 5 gallon buckets in the shower next to a "cockNballs" soap on a rope...working for Gypsies , getting calls on beeper, returning call on public phone covered in mystery goo. Some days, lost money when my 30% commission didn't cover gas and chems. Luxury...
 
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Sounds like you had it made. I was carring a Ninja up seven flights of strairs in the Tenderloin 'cause the elevator was out. Filling up a 5 gallon buckets in the shower next to a "cockNballs" soap on a rope...working for Gypsies , getting calls on beeper, returning call on public phone covered in mystery goo. Some days, lost money when my 30% commission didn't cover gas and chems. Luxury...
I still use a Thomas guide though...
 

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Sounds like you had it made. I was carring a Ninja up seven flights of strairs in the Tenderloin 'cause the elevator was out. Filling up a 5 gallon buckets in the shower next to a "cockNballs" soap on a rope...working for Gypsies , getting calls on beeper, returning call on public phone covered in mystery goo. Some days, lost money when my 30% commission didn't cover gas and chems. Luxury...
I had a porty only once! Big, fiberglass body easily 85 lbs and the smallest wheels you could image. I used to huff & puff after 2 flights of stairs. In the back of my mind I wondered how may times the breakers will trip on this job. I take my hat off to you for what you had to do. You know back in the day your only competition was if your client asked if you had seen the Kirby shampooer in action.
 

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I had a porty only once! Big, fiberglass body easily 85 lbs and the smallest wheels you could image. I used to huff & puff after 2 flights of stairs. In the back of my mind I wondered how may times the breakers will trip on this job. I take my hat off to you for what you had to do. You know back in the day your only competition was if your client asked if you had seen the Kirby shampooer in action.
Oh, yea I can remember knowing what phone booths always had some kind of "not from this planet" crap all over the phone and door.
 

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I was high tech, I had an answering service, and the girl prided herself in tricking the callers into thinking they were talking to my company.
She would page me, no tm's yet, I called her from custies phone or payphone, got the details called the customer, and booked the job.
I remember people seeing the pager, and asking if I was a doctor.
Then I got the Phone-Mate remote answering machine, so I could call in and playback the messages.
The thing cost $299 which is over $1200 in today's funny money.
But I was just a kid making crazy great $$, over 60 cents a foot, and I was the lowball guy.

Many many years later, my first cell phone was the size of a motorcycle battery, and had a corded handset.

Good times.
Just curious when where you getting over 60 cents a foot. Are you still charging that now or more?
 

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Only comp I was aware of back then were the other Techs in the shop also trying to get the " cherry" routes. Half of em were all coked up and could sell ice to an Eskimo.
What I meant was when the lady on the other line told you she had a Kirby Shampooer and did it her self. She would say that It was broken and she wanted to know if you could get it as clean as she could with her beloved Kirby. lol
 

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