This is my week for funny anecdotes from the shop. A customer of mine for twenty-eight years came in with her 1982 Buick Regal leaking coolant. She’s ninety-one and must wait for the vehicle to be done even if it means hours sitting in my office. Her radiator was leaking so I had to make sure it and the hoses were available for immediate delivery. The second thing I must make sure of is getting the car out at the exact time I say I will. My parts house was late delivering a battery for her car and she rode me like a hobby horse every five minutes wanting to know when it would be there. Needless to say, I am very careful about job completion time. She always brings a book with her to read. I was especially interested in seeing she had a big print Harlequin Romance but I couldn’t see the title.
I finished the job with ten minutes to spare, thank you Lord. The delivery guys arrived in very good time with the parts and all went well. While she was making out the check I managed to glimpse the title of the book. The ninety-one year old youngster was reading ‘Cop On Loan’ by Jeannie Watt. Ms. Watt has wide appeal apparently.
Couple of neat news flashes here - if we can see, we’ll still be reading at ninety-one and the ninety-one year old customer had just passed her California driver’s license test. She doesn’t jog out to her car, but neither do I. :)