Ryan popped up on my doorstep Wednesday, 6/18/2014, claiming he had sealant left over from another job and could refresh my driveway which he had done less than eleven months previously. He observed that the cracks he originally repaired had reopened, and stated he had some "better stuff" to use as fill. Other than the cracks, which had opened up after only a few months, I noted that the driveway didn't look like it needed to be resealed so soon and questioned that. I told him I could not really afford it: my redwood deck needed urgent restaining, and that was the financial priority. He quickly volunteered to reseal the driveway, repair the cracks again, and stain the deck, all for what he charged last year for just the driveway. He said "This is your lucky day! My dad has stain left over from one of his jobs." I mistakenly quoted him as having charged me $900 last summer, but after checking the original work order and receipt scanned into my computer, his fee had been $745. Nevertheless, we shook on $900. I am a retired school teacher living on one fixed income, and this sounded like a good deal. Ryan claimed he wished to "make things right," a reference to the original substandard fissure fill. He declared he would begin the next morning, Thursday, at 8:30 a.m.and would clear the deck of furniture and railing planters. He rolled up the next morning with a helper two hours late. They completed the asphalt seal and crack repair. Both looked decent. He wanted to be paid the full $900. I inquired about the deck. He said the extra stain his father had was probably too red after all for my taste. I had indicated the day before that I did not like the terra cotta tones I see all over our lake community, and he assured me that his dad's surplus was probably okay. He then asked for additional funds to buy more suitable stain. I reminded him what we had agreed upon, and said I would split the payment: $600 now, and $300 after the deck had been stained. I was not inclined to give him any more money without seeing an itemized invoice and materials receipts. He whined, protesting he had just put in "hundreds of dollars" of his own money (I thought that's what self-employed people do) and gone through umpteen gallons of sealant. I gave him his full payment and requested a receipt before he left. He nodded, shook my hand, and said to expect him Monday morning for the deck staining. They set up a makeshift barrier at the end of the driveway with tape attached to two empty tar buckets. They left. I went ahead and cleared the deck of all furniture and planters. Ryan Gilliam failed to show. I have not seen nor heard from him in a week. I am listed in the telephone book, but received no telephone call. Finally figuring out he blew me off and fled into the breeze, I put everything back up onto the deck. Also, he stuck me with his hazardous waste containers. Bottom line: he failed to keep his word; did not do what he said he was going to do, thereby nullifying a verbal contract; never provided me with a receipt or any type of invoice; over billed for an inflated service that wasn't really necessary on the promise of providing one that was, and left non-biodegradable debris onsite for the me to dispose of, despite having since driven right by my house in his white pickup truck, little black bucket in tow, and the pails left by me right in plain view by the side of the road. My deck remains unstained. I wanted to give an opportunity to a young entrepreneur rather than use the more mature, established asphalt company in town. So, if you are a retiree and elderly, living alone - especially a woman - caveat emptor RG Asphalt! I own a large part of having gotten scammed because I did not trust my gut instincts. I'm educated, and should have known better. Never again!