Getting a new shop

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Blog entry by JohnnyStrawberry posted 06-22-2012 02:02 PM 9535 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’d been looking for a place for my workshop for 4 months… I wanted to rent a safe and dry place about 300 sq ft where I can work whenever I wish to. So many people tried to deceive me (one would not give me my copy of the contract, several times they offered me the actual tax-free prize as the gross rental. [It’s quite a big deal, being 27% its tax here in Hungary…])
And I was having the last and the most exasperating moment of this search, when I had my official offer for a place. And it was the same again. The extremely annoying thing about it was that I had asked them (having learned from previous failures) several times emphatically whether the prize they keep telling me is gross or tax-free and they assured me every time that the prize they talk about includes tax of course. Of course my a$$! When I got the letter of the official offer first I was very sad and disappointed but then I tended to be furious.
All right, I said, let’s take the internet again. And there it was – the first search result. I didn’t care that it was Saturday lunchtime, I immediately called the number. Everything was fine and it was a valid offer. The place is simply perfect for me.
On the 1st of June the contract was signed and two of my best friends were invited to celebrate it. Lots of booze, of course – whisky and wine mainly. This was the first and the last time I drank in the shop of course but this success needed some celebration you know. When we felt like drinking we would say ‘Well, we’ve got to a well.’ LOL
The party was fun. At the beginning we brought my stuff from home to the workshop. But when three creative engineers come to a problem ‘at the well’, the solution will be fun. And it was. We used my scooter to drag that stuff to the shop. We put a beech slab on the scooter and piled up some of the boxes on it. The picture uploaded shows when a disassembled workbench is on the top that. It worked great – especially because there is a very slight slope from our home towards the workshop. So I literally had to run after it while I was trying to pull it back. It was fun. :)

-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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#1 posted 06-22-2012 02:26 PM

I am happy that you found a shop! I hope you enjoy your new space.

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#2 posted 06-22-2012 03:01 PM

I am happy to read of your success in finding a shop location. And I admit the story behind it is funny to read, at least the part about the actual move. Using a scooter is a unique idea for sure!

I find it interesting that you are in Hungary, but you quoted the size in square feet. I thought only the U.S., and potentially the U.K. used imperial measurements.

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#3 posted 06-22-2012 03:22 PM

That sounds great. I hope that it all works out for you and that you can stay there as long as you want to. May you always be happy in your work. welcome to Lumberjocks.


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#4 posted 06-22-2012 05:02 PM

Good for you…

My wife used to live and work in Eastern Europe and will tell anyone who listens that Americans have no idea how different the culture is…. Being on the border or Christendom and the Muslim world, and the orthodox and catholic worlds, being the subject of an foreign emperor, multiple catastrophic wars and decades of communism make for a very different paradigm.

I had a buddy who went to work in the IT field in Budapest, and after two years, he was scammed and robbed of every penny he had. Needless to say, the officials were of no help.

My congratulations, that you didn’t let the system get you down and kept trying, untill you found your shop space.

May you make many great things there!

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#5 posted 06-22-2012 07:51 PM

its all about saving gas …. right ….. LOL
congrats with the new cave :-)
I´m sure we will see some enginius thoings coming out of it
after this move … :-)


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#6 posted 06-23-2012 09:21 PM

Thanks guys.
You’re right dbhost; we use metric measurement in Hungary. I change it for lumberjocks. Sometimes I like thinking in inches though. It is simple and can be practical. The width of my thumb is exactly one inch. :)
Ssnvet, you see it right. I think that, too.

-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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