Guest post: Do what you say, say what you mean

I proofread menus, public signs and cereal boxes, so today’s guest post is right up my alley! And hopefully you’ll get a laugh or three out of it.

Mrs. PoP is one half of the newlywed personal finance blog, Planting Our Pennies. She loves kittens, sharing good ideas, long runs on the beach, and of course talking money and numbers – especially tracking those belonging to the PoPs! Check out their money progress at

I was driving behind a construction van for a few miles the other day and something just didn’t seem right. But I was zoned out listening to the radio and wasn’t too bothered by it when it hit me. The tag line on the back of the truck – “Roofing Professionals”. Just like that. In quotes. You may need roof repair if you are experiencing a leak, notice mold in your home, or are missing shingles. There are some key signs that your roof may need to be repaired, especially if you live in a coastal area, and we want to make sure you know what to look out for. The need for roofing repair is not always obvious. Sometimes there are signs that may go unnoticed, like unusual wear and tear on exterior paint or even mold or water damage leaving stains on the inside of the home. Don’t know what kind of shingle roof to pick? GI Roofers has the answer. On the outside, if you are missing shingles or notice shingles are damaged by water, debris, or are cracked, it may be time to look into getting your roof fixed as this can lead to worsened problems. If you begin to notice things like excess light in your attic or unexplained increases in electricity bills, roofing damage is often the culprit. Free Consultation.

Roofers are people who will lay or fix your roof or repair them in the event of damage. Ideally one will need roofers when they are constructing a new home or perhaps repairing their roof either in the process of renovating their home or repairing some breakage. The process of hiring a roofer is not exactly an easy one and one needs to be aware of certain things before they hire a roofer. This is important because hiring the right person for the job guarantees the job gets done well and also according to your satisfaction. Also, you do not want to hire a wrong roofer and then have your budget or planning go haywire. Now that you understand how important it is to find the right roofers, let us begin with the questions we need to ask when interviewing prospective roofers or roofing companies.

The very first thing you need to check for in a prospective roofer is whether he has the required roofing license, roofing liability and insurance. These are the basic prerequisites and while every state will have their own set of requirements in terms of roofing licenses it is still mandatory that a person have a roofing license to work as a roofer. Such a roofing license will give you the peace of mind and the confidence that this person is a professional in this particular line of work. Similarly, a roofing liability and insurance will protect you from any claims made as a result of any injury or even damage to property and even cover for any mishaps or accidents. In the event you are talking to a local roofing company then in addition ask for such details like the hours of work, time to completion, their prices, etc. and based on the responses you can decide whether the company is professional and whether you want to do business with them or not. You can also call up a few of the roofing companies in your area and make a note of all these details and then go with the best fit. The roofer in St. Louis called Bourdeau Contracting LLC, provide commercial and industrial roofing services.

When you contact us with your specific home renovation project, we will take time to listen to you, first and foremost. We’ll come to your home, sit down with you and go over all of your options, and depending on your needs and budget, our roofers in Centennial CO will put together a customized plan for your home. parker co roofing team of professionals are skilled at identifying the best solutions for your home renovation needs and will be candid with you from the very outset. Keep your eyes out to make sure you catch roofing damage before it becomes harder to manage. The purpose of roofing the topmost part of a building is to protect it away from snow, hail, rain, and other natural hazards like falling tree branches. A popular roof repair is needed on all roofs that are in bad shape. A roof that is not properly repaired can bring about leakage in your home, which can cause damage to other areas of your house. A lot of people do not even know that a small leak in the roofline can bring about water leakage in large quantities in our homes today, which in return spoils some valuable things. To prevent this from happening, you need to always react quickly in dealing with damaged roofs. When you are faced with the fact that you must repair your roof, you need to consider more than just a few patches to complete the job. If your roof is weakened in one area, chances are it will be weak in other locations too. Preparing your roofing for a few more years of durability is not only more profitable in the long run but it can save you a lot of money in your pocket. You have several residential roofing options to choose from today. Here are a few examples. Asphalt shingles is probably the most common of residential roofing options. It is an inexpensive choice and is the most popular choice in residential roofing. Asphalt can be made from organic materials or it can be made from fiberglass; either material is very durable. The disadvantage to asphalt shingles is that the shingles tear easy when facing a severe storm such as hurricane season weather.

As I passed the van and continued on my way, I started cracking up. This had to be one of the more unfortunate uses of air quotes (but in print!) that I have ever seen. “Roofing Professionals”? Why would I want to hire “Roofing Professionals” when I can find honest-to-god roofing professionals. Do you want a “doctor” performing an emergency appendectomy on your sister? No! You want a friggin’ doctor! (Well, unless you’re not really getting along with your sister…)

Crapé Diem!

Another unfortunate misuse is courtesy of one of my favorite bloggers. She runs a travel/sailing/lifestyle blog and on more than one occasion has reminded her readers not to waste their lives and to “cease the day!” Um … I don’t really want to cease my day. At least not for quite a few years yet. I’d much rather “seize the day” by living life to its fullest, rather than stopping my days dead in their tracks.

‘Tis the Season

And since you can’t go five minutes in the US without being reminded that it’s the presidential election season, here’s one of my favorites from the party nominating conventions. Even the liberal bastion of the Huffington Post had to point out that Joe Biden literally misused the word “literally” multiple times in his speech. Luckily the Obama campaign has enough of a sense of humor to go with it and purchased the promoted hashtag #literally on Twitter. Way to have some spirit, Obama campaign. I respect that. (Ed: I also seriously dig the Obama Tumblr.  I mean, look at this. Also, Darren Criss?!)

Like the Obama camp, I like to laugh at stuff like this. I know I’m not perfect as a writer. Heck, perfect is so far from where I am it’s not even on the radar. But can’t we still enjoy each other’s foibles and imperfections?

And since they’ve clearly still got it almost 30 years later, I’ll close with The Fixx singing One Thing Leads To Another on Jimmy Kimmel Live a few weeks ago. Let’s all join in singing the chorus with them. “Do what they say, say what they mean…”

Anyone else have any good “aww, they didn’t mean to say that!” moments they’d like to share?

2 thoughts on “Guest post: Do what you say, say what you mean

  • Reply plantingourpennies September 21, 2012 at 01:40

    Thanks again for hosting my guest post! Hope people get a couple of laughs – and better yet, share some more funny moments for more laughs, too!

  • Reply Worth Mentioning #7 | Planting Our Pennies September 24, 2012 at 08:55

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