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Day 223: Curtis Restaurant Equipment

15 Nov

A long time ago I worked at a restaurant in Ashland. One day the owner told me that we needed to replace a piece of equipment. He asked me to call a friend of his who sold equipment and to order it. Before I did that I found the model number and all of the details that I could locate and when that was done, I called his friend.

When I described the piece of equipment, the friend said he knew what we needed and that the machine in question was going to cost $800. That sounded like a lot of money to me and I told him that I would tell the owner and get back to him. And then I opened the phone book to the yellow pages and found the restaurant equipment section. Under that heading I saw this name “Curtis Restaurant Equipment”. I thought, “What the heck?” and called the number.

When the salesperson, Cheryl, answered the phone I told her what I was looking for and gave her all of the pertinent information. In a few moments she came back on the line and gave me a quote of $425. I thought I’d made a mistake and repeated the information once again and she confirmed that the quote was correct. “Can you fax a photo of the machine to me please?” I asked so that I could make sure that we were talking about the same item. When the fax came through I was amazed. My boss’ friend wanted to charge me nearly $400 more for the very same machine than this woman whom I did not know at all.

Of course, I ordered the machine from Curtis. I was extremely impressed with their prices and with their service… and was very pleased to receive a note card from them “thanking me” for my purchase. What a classy company!

This all happened many years ago… but memories like this are hard to forget. I have been a fan of Curtis ever since and will always recommend them. And to thank them for being good, honest, caring people I brought an Almond Pear Cheesecake Pie to the staff – Rod (and Donna), Cheryl, Krystal, and Alex. My sincere thanks to all of you for your emphasis on customer service. It is very much appreciated.

Day 78: Ashland Family Practice

23 Jun

In my life I have been blessed to have had health coverage whenever I have needed it. At times, my deductible has been a bit more than I would like, but I have always had access to quality medical care. That in itself is an incredible blessing and I know that I am fortunate.

Today my son was sorting through his things and came across a keychain with a likeness of a foot attached. I thought it was a religious reminder (as in the “footprints in the sand” poem). When I took the keychain my son said, “But you haven’t read the note. It says that this footprint is the actual size of a premature baby’s foot. That baby was born at Rogue Valley Medical Center and weighed only 1.5 pounds.” That’s a far cry from the 8+ pounds that each of my kids weighed at birth.

While I looked at that keychain, I started to cry and I knew that I had to write about my gratitude for the health of my children, my spouse and myself. My mother had a series of serious health challenges and died young; my Dad has had high blood pressure since he was in his twenties. All of my grandparents died before the age of 75. I can’t think of a reason why I should be so healthy. In a way, it feels that I have to do more with my life to make up for the family members that were not as lucky.

Today I wanted to recognize the wonderful people at Ashland Family Practice for their efforts in maintaining my family’s health. I first became a patient there when I was pregnant with my daughter. Dr. Jean Keevil was my doctor and she was really terrific. I always felt as if I was the most important patient on her schedule (and I bet everyone else did too).

I arrived at the Ashland Family Practice office today a little bit late to deliver my pie (actually it was an Almond Pear Cheesecake Tart). At that point, I hurried over to the home of my current Doc – Dorothy Miner. She was getting ready to attend a Britt performance and I thought my tart would make a perfect Britt Blanket Dessert. To Dorothy, Dee, the staff, (and Jean who has since retired), thank you for the care that you have given to my family over the years. We are so lucky to have doctors who are also friends.

(Sorry that there is no photo of my tart… for some reason my Samsung phone is taking almost 24 hours to send a photo).