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“Hosea, the Conscientious Hotel Painter”

Hotel management instructed the purchasing director to stop ordering essential painting supplies. Thus, hampering  Hosea’s ability to complete basic painting maintenance tasks.


Previously, he’d experienced long delays getting things like one tube of caulking, or a gallon of white latex base paint. Increasingly, crucially needed items never made it at all.


So, Hosea did what any conscientious painter would do. He started to buy a few must-have supplies on his own, out of his own paychecks. When a supervisor told him to stop doing that, many of Hosea’s work orders had to be put on hold.


When management complained that the painting wasn’t getting done, the friendly and peaceable painter improvised with the materials that he did have. For as long as he could.


Then, Hosea did what any accountable painter would do. He suggested that management please check with purchasing about the delayed deliveries of maintenance painting supplies.


When the stoppage came, Hosea did what any industrious and resourceful painter would do.

He typed up a list of painting supplies, that he absolutely had to have. He printed out a lot of copies of the list. And, he asked local relatives and close friends to help him get the supplies that he needed to do his work. (Preferably at no cost.)


Within a week, painting supplies and tools started to arrive at Hosea’s small home in Broward County. “Deliveries” arrived every day.


By the end of the second week, Hosea’s attached one-and-a-half car garage was nearly full.


Neighbors kept quiet. Word spread. A lot of people found out about Hosea’s problem. They knew that he was a very good painter. They knew that he was a hard worker. They didn’t want him to lose his job.


Quietly, Hosea started to take a few of those essential supplies for painting maintenance to work. He used them to take care of some of those crucial work orders, still on hold. Some for months!


At one point, someone in management complained that Hosea had been catching up on his basic tasks and work orders. Different department managers recruited a few of their staff members to “keep an eye” on Hosea.


How was he getting his work done?


Hosea learned that all orders for him to get new, clean uniforms had been cancelled also. Bosses complained about the condition of his uniforms, and his appearance. He told his wife, and family. He consulted with his priest.


And, he made the decision that any highly-respected and ethical professional, being “managed out,” would do.


What did Hosea do? You might be very surprised.  By the way, Hosea is a real person.

What would you do if you were in Hosea’s situation?

What would you do if you were Hosea’s supervisor in this situation?

What would you do if you were hotel management?


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Copyright 2015. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.

Bob The Painter’s BUCKET LIST

One Christmas, my father surprised his brother-in-law with a grey, five-gallon paint bucket, filled with basic painting supplies and tools. The scientist and engineer’s face lit with surprise – and joy.

My uncle dreaded painting anything. Particularly, on his contemporary home. He knew his limitations. Doing a good paint job was one of them. By his own admission, he took forever to get something done.

So, Dad gave him a big boost. A “hands-up.”

Here’s what my dad crammed into that bucket. Then, he drove that paint bucket, in his 4-wheel drive, full-size Suburban, through a record-breaking Indiana blizzard, to sunny Central Florida.


3 paint brushes – 1-inch, 2-inch, 3-inch

1 roller extension pole

2 roller frames and nap covers

1 roller pan, 1 paint screen

1 pack 220 sandpaper

1 pack 120 sandpaper

1 pack assorted sandpaper

1 sea sponge

2 rolls masking tape – ¾-inch, 1 ½ -inch

1 putty knife

1 scrub brush

2 paint scrapers – 1-inch, 3-inch

1 quart container paint thinner

1 package breathing masks

1 package disposable (surgical) gloves

1 9-ft. x 12-ft. dropcloth

6+ Glidden wood mixing/dip sticks

1 white painter’s utility apron

1 Glidden painter’s cap


Topping off the bucket was a white regulation painter’s safety helmet. And, a massive red bow.


I’m certain that, over time, my uncle used some of the items in that bucket. More than once.


Still, within six months of my move to Florida, he asked me to paint the interior of his home. I turned him down.


Painting anything was not on my bucket list at the time. Painting anything – the idea of using any painting trade supply or tool – reminded me too much of the man that had filled that bucket for his brother-in-law. The man that had filled my first painter’s tool box with everything I’d need to get started.


The man that had given me my own white regulation hard hat!


It took me a little while to pick up a brush again. It was not a Purdy or Wooster.

I started with artist brushes, acrylic paints, white Gesso, stretched canvases, a paint tray, a scraper, a tri-pod, etc.  Instead of painting walls, I painted on canvas. Examples: Abstracts, geometrics, graphics. My biggest project: A 36-inch by 42-inch reproduction, in acrylics, of The Lord’s Supper.”


Little by little, I unpacked my boxes of commercial painter’s supplies and tools. I went around and introduced myself to the managers of Glidden’s, Sherwin-Williams, and PPG stores in South Florida. I volunteered, and redecorated a few properties of relatives and their friends, churches, and non-profits. I signed up at the nearest IUPAT local. And, I returned to the commercial painting profession.


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What’s on your painter’s – and life’s – BUCKET LISTS?


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