And further to client who doesn't need my assistance
, I have in my possession an item that was provided to me by the aforementioned client in order for me to do the work. Since the contract is now over, client, perfectly reasonably, wants the item back. I offered to take it to the local office of Large Courier; client preferred to make arrangements with Small Courier. Fine, it's not as if I care. Client asked me to parcel item up and weigh it; client would then arrange for Small Courier to collect it. I advised client of parcel weight and also that I was never available to hand over the item in the morning.
OK, maybe I should have said 'and not necessarily in the afternoon; you need to let me know what day he's coming'.
At 1:15 p.m there was an email saying 'courier coming this afternoon'.
So I told the Younger Chick that he was going to have to walk to his play rehearsal, and possibly also walk home afterwards because I needed to be at home for the courier; I also cancelled my plan to go to the supermarket and to the Post Office.
Courier didn't come.
I have emailed ex-client and told them flatly to get courier to telephone before calling. Tomorrow I'm doing all the things I should have done today, plus the ones I already had planned for tomorrow, and you know something? I'm not staying at home to wait for anybody. I'm busy. Yes, I want their doodad out of my house, but I'm not rearranging any more of my life for them.