I grew up in a small town in Nebraska. Everyone knew everyone else and it was something that I took for granted that should I need something, I could think of who to get it from right off the bat. When I was twenty-one I moved to New York to pursue my passion of being a world renowned chef and quickly fell in love with the city. I loved the fact that in a crowded place such as this, I could blend in and be anonymous. Then I got my first home and needed roof installation in Brooklyn NY.
If I had been back home, I would have called my cousin Paul who owns a successful roofing business and I would not have even had to think twice about whether I was getting a raw deal or whether the work would be good. Of course he was also the only roofer in town. Here in Brooklyn I had so many choices that it was a little intimidating. I called around and had no luck finding someone who could come out and give me an estimate any time in the week that I had free. Luckily I had some fabulous coworkers and friends who gave me helpful advice for finding a contractor as well as referrals to people they knew and trusted in the business.
I ended up finding someone who came out within the week and gave me a reasonable estimate. He was highly recommended by two of my friends so I hired him and he had my new roof installed in no time. After the fact I found out that he is actually my friend’s third cousin. I guess even in the big city, it is a lot like back home. There are just more people around is all.