Big Ed and his son Big Ed Junior stopped by the bakery to pick up the appliances they bought at the same time Eduardo from the cleaning company came by for a cleaning consultation. Needless to say, there was a lot of “Ed” action going on. Below is a photo of Big Ed and Big Ed Junior, as you can see they are both tall and saying they have “Big” personalities would be an understatement.
I asked Big Ed what kind of business he owned and he told me this great story. Big Ed owned a construction company for over 30 years, in the last few years his liability insurance increased drastically which forced him to go out of business. He said he was looking for direction last year, and while at church one Sunday he prayed and asked God for guidance. He told me that God spoke to him instantly and said, “Feed My People” so he decided to open a catering company called “Big Ed’s Buzzard BBQ.” Don’t be alarmed, he doesn’t BBQ Buzzards (of course this is what came to my mind because of the name). His specialties include barbecue smoked ribs, tri-tip sandwiches, and hot links. Big Ed’s Buzzard BBQ became an instant success at summer fairs and business events all over the Bay Area. Big Ed is hoping to open a restaurant soon so when he found my ad for commerical appliances online he couldn’t wait to check them out.
A dilemma arose when Big Ed and Big Ed Junior tried to roll the appliances (they are on wheels) through the front door of the bakery. The door was was just a hair to short and they wouldn’t fit.
We all put our heads together and tried to come up with a plan. Even though Big Ed and his son were strong, there still wasn’t enough manpower to rock the appliances on their side and scoot them out. We were going to take all of the wheels off but the appliances were too heavy to lift, and we couldn’t slide them because they would ruin the hardwood floors.
Just when we thought we weren’t going to get them out, a man named Johnny came into the bakery to check out the sale and suggested we take the front two wheels off and use a dolly to tip it slightly.
We didn’t have a dolly so I ran over the natural foods store across the street and asked my new buddy Salim if I could borrow a dolly. Johnny helped take the wheels off and we all held our breath hoping the appliances would clear the door. Lucky for us they did.
In the 7 days I’ve spent clearing out the bakery, I’ve met more friends than I have met in the entire 8 months I have lived in California. It has been fun to open the doors of the bakery every morning and have the business owners on the block wave hello and all of the dog walkers and neighbors stop in to say hi. I am going to miss my San Francisco buddies! Until next time…