Jos Henry is a retired businessman. He writes short, light and humorous stories of about 2,000 to 20,000 words. Until he retired he wrote non-fiction work in which artistic license and witticism are not well accepted and are even frowned on by the stiffer, antacid tablet chewing reader. He travelled to many parts of the world during his long technical and business career . He enjoys contact with different cultures and uses every opportunity to learn about people and their situations. Jos Henry lives in rural Quebec somewhere between Montreal and Ottawa.
The painters are dragging-out the job. They've been in Mabel and Albert's new house longer than they have. And the door installer tries to switch doors and charge extra. Albert struggles to keep cool—with mitigated success.
Albert stops what he is intensely concentrated on to fix an electrical problem that can't wait. Simple household maintenance jobs can toy with the hapless handyman when his mind is elsewhere. The day wears on and Albert is increasingly frustrated and error prone. He completes the job by happenstance but fears uncharitable elements in the family might assault his pride and dignity.
Half a world away the agent of a small manufacturer hinted at the loss of business unless the owner came to visit. Like a bowling ball scattering ten pins the invitation threw the owner's well-ordered life into disarray. Set in a comfortable rut he never traveled unless forced. Leaving his office would be a great sacrifice. Losing the business would be a greater sacrifice.