Steve Jobs was known (infamous) for his "reality distortion field". It's said that he believed things so passionately that he could convince you of it even if you knew it was wrong. If you suggested an idea to him he would reject it, and a few weeks later might remember it, but think he came up with it, and when he told about it, he would be convinced he came up with the idea. If you tried to argue with him, he would be so resolute and fervently convinced that it was his idea that you would eventually begin to doubt your recollection of reality.
So as I get my ninja fortress ready for sale, there are a few big items that I need to finish, but can't do myself. One of these is to replace the iron front porch which is seriously rusting and looks, well, like sh1t. As I get quotes for this, it makes me think of Steve's reality distortion field.
Now, I know for a fact that iron is not expensive. If you wanted to buy some, the price they would quote you would be for a ton. It's not worth it to try to sell it by the pound because it's so heavy and so cheap that the only way to have a conversation without decimal points is to give a price in tons. (or maybe it's spelled tonnes, if you're british).
And yet, when I get quotes, the person will look me dead in the eye, and say with a straight face and number like "$4000", without registering any emotion. It's delivered with the same dispassionate matter-of-factness that they would say a word like "lemons", "mustache" or "oregano". As if their preternatural calm is supposed to make me believe that's not a lot of money for a day or two worth of work. A welder's reality distortion field? The jedi-mind trick doesn't work on me. I know these are the droids i'm looking for. And I don't care if you need an answer right away. My answer is: I'm getting more quotes.