Tonight I'll be on my new mattress, and my master plan worked. Marilyn was here and before she arrived I had taken off all the bed linen down to the empty mattress. The mattress was supposed to come between 12 and 4. When Marilyn was about to leave around 1:30, I told her my master plan had failed and just then the phone rang -- it was the mattress people who said they'd be there in five minutes so Marilyn stayed.
I asked her how much she thought I should tip -- and she said $5 or $10. I wanted to do a bit more so I sat back and said make sure they take all the plastic wrap with them -- sometimes that stuff is on so tight you can't get it off. So Marilyn supervised and decided they had earned $20, considering they had to navigate those two little flights of stairs to my bedroom.
I had paid $5.99 (really, that was the price) for old mattress removal and out the old one went. A while ago, I had spilled Raspberry Crystal Light on my bed so it looked like the loveliest color blood stain. It was good to see that nasty thing go.
The two delivery guys, seeing my bathroom by the kitchen, asked if they could use it. I said of course and they were very grateful for that. One of them said "thank you so, so, so, so much" -- so this is a nice treat.