I was beginning a service call at a rather large church, with an equally large inventory of pianos. The pianos were spread all over various floors and different buildings. In earlier visits, I had found either staff or a church volunteer to provide access to some of the secured areas, such as the day care center. To maintain reasonable efficiency, this time I asked to borrow a set of keys. Imagine my surprise when the church secretary opened a desk drawer and pulled out … The Stick
The humor factor from the Pest Control – Piano Tuner prompted both a grin and a photo. It’s typical of similar practices at service stations and diners with outside facilities, where an unreasonably sized, unusually shaped, and/or heavy object is attached to the key. Any such key retainers are of course, intentional, and are to make sure that the current key-holder does not inadvertently leave without returning the keys. In this case, no way! In addition to the high-visibility neon yellow color, the stick was almost as long as the entire bass section of the Kawai studio piano in the picture. It was definitely not pocketable. As a side note, I was reminded of Rodney Dangerfield’s line, “I don’t get no respect!” But, it didn’t take long to get over having second billing to the bug guy! For a different but related perspective on pests, see Church in the Wildwood.