Burien Guitarist Roger Gee Trades His 'Ax' For An Ax As He Re-Invents Himself As A Handyman

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[EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is about my “oldest friend” I’m still in touch with, a great guy named Roger Gee, whom I first met when we were just young lads going to Genesee Hill Grade School in West Seattle.]

by Scott Schaefer

What do people do when they get laid off? Go on unemployment? Look for another job? Sit around home playing video games and rewriting their resumes?

Most likely, but oftentimes with little success, especially in an economy where the unemployment rate is hovering near double digits and decent jobs are hard to come by.

Roger is still handy with a guitar for his band, the "Pink Torpedoes."

Some people however, like Burien resident Roger Gee, see it as an opportunity to “re-invent” themselves.

You see, Roger used to work as the shop manager of a small guitar repair shop and custom guitar builder in Bellevue. He managed sales and marketing of their custom guitars, and was fortunate enough to meet, sell to and even play with many great northwest artists and musicians.

Then, this summer, like millions of others, he got laid off.

So, Roger took matters into his own hands and traded in his ax for an…ax – he decided to go into business for himself as a Yellow VAN Handyman.

Instead of “turning lemons into lemonade,” Roger turned his lemons into a Yellow VAN.

It was a natural transition, since he often enjoyed working on projects around his home and for friends and family.

“My wife says that I am not happy unless I have a project to work on,” Roger said as he recalled his weekends packed with repairs and projects. “I am looking forward to helping my clients eliminate their To-Do lists.”

Roger launched his business last week, and he’s eager to begin serving his community. With his van freshly painted, tools in tow (including a guitar if you ‘ax’ for one) and his Yellow VAN Handyman hat atop his head, Roger is actively marketing his services to his neighbors for his first 12 weeks of business. When asked what he was looking forward to the most about owning his own business, Roger replied;

Roger's name is even painted on his Yellow VAN.

“Having the flexibility to spend time with my family is something that I am greatly looking forward to. Being able to watch my son play baseball is worth so much to me.”

Look for Roger on his morning walks or driving his yellow van on the streets of Burien and surrounding neighborhoods.

Check out his web page here to learn more about Roger, his rates, his favorite To-Do list items, or to schedule online.

Or call 206-763-6800 for more information.

Just be sure to tell him that his old pal Scott sent ya!

From his website:

Roger is an experienced handyman with a particular aptitude for electrical work. He learned much of his know-how from his father & his growing professional skills are the perfect compliment. Roger finds much satisfaction in the personal relationship he builds with his members & feels strongly about supporting his community. When Roger is not on a job, he surrounds himself with friends & family.

My earliest memory of home repair was at age seven when my Dad remodeled the master bedroom in our home. I was given a hammer and some nails and taught the proper way to drive a nail. Unfortunately the nails I drove in to the hardwood floor upset my Mom and my first job abruptly ended.

My Dad was a custom cabinetmaker and very skilled with woodworking. Throughout my childhood and into my teen years, my Dad was there to show me how different projects were done. Carpentry, plumbing and electrical jobs were very common around the house.

I am a licensed, bonded, & insured contractor. Whether the service you need is on the interior or exterior of your home, I can help. I build decks and fences, repair drywall, fix leaks, stop squeaks, repair & replace toilets, caulk showers and sinks, install tile, repair and clean gutters, as well as hang doors, paint and do minor plumbing repairs. I really enjoy doing the electrical type repair work. Installing a light fixture, a new outlet or just repairing a broken switch is my idea of fun.

You may need help with other tasks such as: spring clean-up, summer landscaping, yard improvements and seasonal things like putting your Christmas lights up and taking them back down for you. I can also help with emergencies like a hot-water heater replacement.

I take great pride in my work and I am committed to establishing relationships based on trust and communication. When a member refers me to their friends and family, I feel I have accomplished my goal of building trust-based friendships.

“Friend” Roger on his Facebook page here.

Check out his band, the Pink Torpedoes music here.

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