I have officially retired from window cleaning. It has been my working life since I finished my teaching degree in October 2004. My last day was on Friday where I finished battling a 2 story high atrium of death including my favorite glass roof.

I want to give a big shout out to my boss Paul for his generosity and Christian servitude. For those who don’t know, my boss and all the people in our company are Christians. Paul has been a excellent boss and a great friend for the last couple of years.


I want to thank all the blokes I’ve worked with and help train including...

... Joe





Caleb and Pryderi (sorry no pics of them)

Also to Derek and Aaron and the “Grubber” who taught me much about how not to window clean… but I digress.

(Me digressing)

Do I have any regrets you ask? Haven’t you wasted the last two years of your life? No dear reader I have not. I have been working in active ministry and have been able to do far more than I could have done working as a teacher. I have had a relaxing relatively stress free two years in which to recover my sanity and refocus my Christian life.

Here are some pics from my final few days working.

This is the funny but wierd bloke from a restaurant in Battery Point.

Things I didn’t do
  • Break tiles on any roofs
  • Fall off the ladder
  • Fall off a roof
  • Hit a customer for being rude
  • Break or damage a customers (insert valuable antique of choice)
  • Crash Paul’s car (I did try though)

Areobatics to clean this window

Things I did do… or the toll
  • 1 lost pole $200
  • 1 lost squeegie $50
  • 1 damaged TV aerial (no charge)
  • 1 smashed pot (no charge)
And again...

(OHS alert) Standing on the bucket on a ledge about one story up...

Things I’ll miss
  • Charging fussy customers lots of money
  • Working with Paul and chatting about church and Christian stuff.
  • My Monday shop run
  • The nice lady at Love and Clutter
  • My tan and buff shoulders and arms.
  • Windows so clean they look like they aren’t there.

Nice view... if you can afford it. And yes they did pay the full price for their windows.

Things I won’t miss
  • Annoying customers who think you are 18 and don’t know what you are doing.
  • Rude grumpy customers
  • Any Atrium of death
  • Paul’s driving
  • Getting up at 5:30 and earlier
  • Egg and spit on shop windows.
  • The woosher woosh lady.

These were Christmas presents given to me by customers

supportMIKE is enjoying retirement.



Jonny said... 1/02/2007 12:43 pm  

Thats a record number of pics for your story, well done. I remember seeing Paul cleaning windows in 1998 I think it was, and I admit I thought it was a inbetween job while looking for other work.

Towns said... 1/02/2007 9:39 pm  

And one thing we'll miss: seeing you're sexy legs up a ladder. (I can't believe I said that!) Actually, no, on second thoughts, it's a good thing...

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