His clientele are households in some of the more affluent towns and neighborhoods around here. Women whose shoes cost twice what he earns in a week (no kidding, he saw the price tags on the boxes), men who leave their bank statements on the desk he has to move to clean the window - showing monthly interest that exceeds his or my salary for a year.
Fortunately these customers' homes have 97 windows with storms, 11 skylights and 16 French doors. So their bills can be substantial.
But Leon is Mr. Niceguy. He will put in or take out (depending on the season) the window air conditioner for the ninety year-old widow who lives in a small apartment. He will move furniture, fix a broken window pulley, power wash a brick sidewalk while doing the house just because he thinks it needs it, think to buy a trinket for a good customer while on vacation, and give a discount to "family". Just to mention a few things.
I can live with that kind of generosity. It is one of the things I love about him.
But sometimes his generosity goes too far. He'll come home after a full day at one of these little mansions that is going on the market because the couple is moving to Manhattan, and say "Am I exhausted. That job was a real nightmare. They hadn't washed their windows for over ten years, they were actually falling apart in places and I had to fix what I could just to wash them, not to mention the vines that were taking over the house and covering the windows - that had to be hacked out before I could even start. That was at least a $1,500 job, if not more."
Dare I ask how much he charged? I dare ask. "Oh, Six-fifty. They were nice."
"Well," I remind him, "have you seen Selling New York? What were you thinking? That's why we live by the seat of our pants and they now have an apartment in Manhattan."
"I like to give people a break." Then he adds, jokingly, "I'll probably go to heaven, you know."
I can only respond, "Yeah, you'll go to heaven all right and they'll have 18 gazillion windows there - and they'll have you washing them for eternity!"