Episode 5 – How to ruin your life in 3 easy steps with Anthony Vinzi
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The road to Anthony Vinzi‘s appearance on this podcast was a long and arduous one. Tim and Anthony have known one another for over a decade. Their paths would occasionally cross on various construction projects. Anthony runs Promain Exterior Maintenance, a full service concrete and ashphalt company based in Woodbridge. But it was in 2010 when they really became friends. 2010 also happens to be the worst year of Tim’s life. Though those two facts aren’t related. Well, actually they kind of are.
You see, Tim had a shit crazy year in 2010. His brother and he stopped talking to one another after many years of working together in the family business. But that’s a topic for another podcast. Then in March of that year Tim was forced to admit to an affair. Then he was sued in April by one of the women for sexual harassment. Tim and his then wife broke up and he moved out of the house. Then in October Tim’s 20 year old son Hilton was left in a coma after a skateboarding accident. He remained in St. Michael’s hospital for 21 days before he succumbed to his injuries. Tim was a broken man as he recounts in the episode.
“I was embarrassed. I was a mess. My heart was broken, my ego shattered and my reputation was in tatters.”
That’s when Anthony enters the picture. Tim had hired Anthony to pave a driveway at one of his properties. Those plans were shelved after Hilton’s accident. Tim basically stayed inside his house and didn’t leave for days at a time. Getting out of bed was next to impossible. But once a week Tim would hear a light tap at the door. He almost never got up to see who it was. But eventually, he would open the door to find a large Tim Horton’s coffee on the stoop. It was usually frozen solid by then and there was no sign of who has left it. This went on for several weeks. Then one morning Tim happened to up when the knock came. He opened the door to find Anthony’s orange coat descending the stairs.
“Hey!” Tim said.
“Oh hey man,” Anthony answered. “I just wanted to make sure you were OK.”
That began a years long friendship that culminates in this week’s episode.