Arrived on a vacant site, early. A good coastal rain this AM. Was promised the key would be present in such and such a place. Voila! The key was not present at such and such a place.
Contacted the realtor vainly several times, inspected what could be inspected, and ended the inspection. The journey was long. Went home, contacted the realtor and said I would come back for a substantive reinspection fee paid by her or this broker's agency. S/he made it clear that I was cheeky in this request, and that it was, after all, s/he who had referred me in the first place. The clear thesis was that if I expected to get further work, I had better tone it down and follow his/her direction. The old ancient appeal to the stick/club/weapon. I have the power to bring you income; you keep quiet and do what I say. Even if I am the one who messed up in the process. My stick/weapon is my ability to bring you money. Submit to your station or prepare to git the beatin' that you so richly deserve!
Living in the back woods of nowhere (e.g., coastal Oregon), my old theory that human pride, self-inflation, egocentrism -- sin -- in all its sick glory permeates every sphere of human existence and dwelling is again confirmed. One cannot get away from puffed human ego even when in the farthest corners of this country's bywaters. Academia is full of this. Big cities and big business also. So too the coastal byways of remote Oregon. The high desert of Price-Helper, Eureka, Kanab -Utah, or anywhere else big or small.
The realtor explained that it was not his/her fault that the key was not available. Rather it was the seller's realtor who had gaffed and not provided the key. Of course, Realtor. Of course.
Meanwhile, while standing in the rain wondering why simple access was again barred to a property, something my friend D. Ramsthel said decades before came to mind. The six "P"s = Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance. We would laugh and laugh back in the day while considering this maxim, and the most basic life situations that evaded this principle.
Credit to the Ramsthelian, the six "P"s are an excellent way to go to this day, in any persons' life, and in any occupation. The six "p"s in action. Why do realtors or their staff not go to properties about to be inspected and make sure access is viable. That possessions are out of the way of access points and components. That the transaction is facilitated to progress or succeed. Actually, some do. Not this realtor, however. Too important. Too busy. No six "p"s to be found here.
Oh realtor from the rarefied heights of Cannon Beach: exactly how difficult is it to get a key, go to a property in the same small town in which you reside, turn a lock, and allow access to a vacant property? Or to just make sure the key is available? With your blame-shifting mouth, not difficult at all. With actions, it really is rocket science.
My actual response to this person: Realtor and agency, contact me no more. Take me off your list. I walk away from you, your intimidation, and shall rather work with persons who take stock in the six "p"s with more than the mouth. And who treat persons as persons and not as subservient commodities - objects - to their own wealth and success.
[Now, what were we saying about ego? Self-inflated attitude? e.g., the prideful sarcasm that pours forth from my own pen. . .]