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Day 344: Cheryl

15 Mar

Cheryl is an amazing artist… and she is also one of the happiest people I have ever met.  When I joined the Ashland Elks, Cheryl was one of the officers… and I loved that on meeting night,  in a room full of older men, Cheryl was performing her duties while wearing (as part of her outfit) a pair of colorful striped knee high socks!  I loved that!  She brought an air of fun and levity to the meeting.

As you can see by the above photo, Cheryl is an accomplished artist, specializing in metal.  The poppies that you see in the photo adorn a field on the road to Jacksonville, where Cheryl and her husband, Chris live.  She told me that the log cabin that they live in was once lived in by the granddaughter of Daniel Boone.  I can just imagine the stories that those walls might tell!

Today is Cheryl’s birthday and I wanted to surprise her and bring her a pie.  However, I did not know if she would be at home… and it would be terrible to miss seeing her and so I called her earlier today to arrange for the delivery of her pie. When we arrived at her beautiful home tonight, Cheryl met us at the door.  She was delighted to receive a Chocolate Cream Pie… and she told me that I’d made her day.

I’m pleased to have given Cheryl a small taste of what she brings to the world everyday with her art… and offer her my best wishes for a very happy birthday!

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.
Georgia O’Keeffe

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.