The artist James McNeill Whistler, was just a bit strange--much to the continual dismay of his friends and family. Whistler had a dog, to which he was much attached. When the dog developed a throat problem, no ordinary vet would do. Whistler called in London's greatest throat specialist.
The doctor, much abashed at being asked to treat a dog, hesitated, then did what he could for the dog, and finally charged a large fee.
A few days later that same doctor sent for Whistler in a great hurry. Whistler, believing there to be news of the dog, rushed to see him in mad haste. The doctor greeted him upon his arrival and calmly spoke. Said he,
"Mr. Whistler, I have called you here to ask you to paint my door ..."
--------------- A Final Thought ...
"No one should drive a hard bargain with an artist."
- Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), German composer