For the Estimator
Three contractors were touring the White House. One was from New York, one from Missouri, and one from Florida. At the end of the tour, the guard asked them what they did for a living. When each replied that he was a contractor, the guard said, "Hey, we need one of the rear fences redone. You guys want to give me your bids?"
The Florida contractor did some measuring and said, "I figure the job will run about $900—that's $400 for materials, $400 for my crew, and $100 profit for me."
The Missouri contractor said, "I can do this job for $700—that's $300 for materials, $300 for my crew, and $100 profit for me."
Finally, the New York contractor said, without batting an eye, "$2,700."
The guard, shocked by the price, said, "How did you come up with that figure?"
"Easy," said the New Yorker. "$1,000 for me, $1,000 for you, and we hire the guy from Missouri."