Before my husband Michael became a wine guy he was in finance in New York City.
Almost 8 years ago he changed his life, switched careers, and opened Skappo Italian Wine Bar and Restaurant in New Haven, CT. His past life in finance is but a forgotten memory and now he is fully the “Wine Guy” in public.
In my house we see another side of Michael that is not about wine. We consider him the “handy man”. He is a mister fix it that can fix anything. If he does not know how to do something he will research, go online and figure it out.
His projects are ongoing, but so far he has updated our electrical, kitchen, installed wooden floors, bathrooms to name a few.
When I married Michael he was not very handy. He was the type of guy who would just pick up the phone and find someone else to fix the problem. His inner handy man came out when we had our first condominium together.
It was 2006 and I had just given birth to Massimo. It was one of the coldest winters and our heat suddenly stopped working. Our home felt like a freezer.
The pre-handy man Michael picked up the phone book and called a plumber to fix our boiler. The plumber knew we were in a bind since we had a newborn in the house. He said that he could come immediately but it would cost Michael over $300 because the part that was needed was expensive.
For some strange reason Michael was suspicious of the plumber’s eagerness and the tone in his voice when he spoke about the expensive part. Michael did not commit to the servicing at that moment. Instead he went straight to the computer and researched “how to fix a broken boiler”.
It turned out that the “expensive part” was a $7.00 piece that fixed the heater’s pilot light. Michael got our heat up and running in 30 minutes after he found the solution.
That was the turning point and a transformation occurred. From that moment on Michael became the “Handy Man”. He felt empowered that he could figure out how to fix most things.
I love Michael for many reasons, but one of the main ones is that he is very resourceful and he does not give up. When faced with problems he always tries to find a solution rather then “throwing in the towel”.
Thank you Michael for being you. Thank you for being my blog’s number one fan! (When you get a chance to read it!)
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