“So he disagrees. More like – his contractor disagrees,” I say into the phone as soon as Desi Brother picks. No hello dear brother, how are you? How is my niece? How is work? How is the weather? None of that. Deep sigh from Desi Brother. “Start at the beginning,” Desi Brother says. I hear him cracking open a soda can and something clomp, clomp, like he is sitting back in his chair and just kicked his feet up on to the desk. Like he is settling in for a long story. Which, given it is me, and brevity is not my forte, is not an inaccurate assumption on his part.
“Well – his contractor hates women,” I reply. Silence from Desi Brother. “Hello?” I ask. “I am sorry – he hates women? In this day and age?” Desi Brother demands. “Yes,” I reply. “So how the hell are you working with this guy?” Desi Brother asks. “I have never met the contractor. Town and Country is the go between,” I reply. “How does this guy have time to remodel his house if he does not have time to date? And where has he found this sexist contractor in the middle of New York City?” my brother asks.
“I don’t know any of the answers to your questions – all I know is the contractor doesn’t agree with the wall design,” I say. “What part does the contractor disagree with?” Desi Brother asks. “I don’t know – he wrote it in a text to me,” I reply hurriedly. “Okay – slow down – who texted you? The contractor?” Desi Brother asks. “No, no – Town and Country texted me and said the Contractor thinks our design is wrong and now Town and Country is asking me follow-up questions…what if thinks we are stupid nimrods from po-dunk?" I ask. “Okay, paranoid much? Just wait - first we are not nimrods. Second, there is nothing wrong with our design. It is subject to interpretation. Clearly we are using some product the contractor has never heard of. Or he has never built the system I am suggesting. What I don’t understand is why the two of you are designing his house through text messages?” Desi Brother asks. “Hasn’t this guy heard of a phone?” Desi Brother mutters.
Well that is something I often wonder. We have never spoken on the phone – yet. All this time later. No conversations by voice. All of our conservations have been live or via text.
“I need you to go back to Town and Country – and have a conversation or sort this out through email – I need to know what this contractor has issue with and I will set them straight,” Desi Brother replies.