Caring about cars.

I took my Toyota Corolla into the dealership where I bought it, today. The CADEAU (my license plate, in French, which means GIFT), recently celebrated it's 2nd birthday, the last week of 2016.

First rose of the season...Double Delight!
I haven't washed it for awhile. Heck, it's going to rain again, why bother? It still looks okay on the outside. Inside it's full of shoe and Ugg Boot dirt, pavement debris, used tissues (when I find them under the seat), empty Smints containers, dust on the dash, and bags that have my name on them so I can shop and not use plastic or paper.

I don't pay much attention to the miles I drive, because I don't drive that much, unless I go to Costco, maybe drive to San Franscisco, take a road trip to Newport Beach, or head up to Sacto which is only every 3 months or so.

It was time for a 5K checkup. I overran it by 2K. Gosh, I did see that warning sign on the instrument panel. Then it disappeared. I'm quite sure I would not have let that happen when I used to fly...hell, no! But I got home okay.

 Then I got the email from Toyota. I immediately called them. Today, Toyota One of Oakland, clocked me in at 12,024 miles.

Mike, the young guy, who was checking me in, looked at my license plate cover and ask if I had a pilot's license. It says 'Women pilots don't stall around."  

He said that he was constantly putting together model helicopters when he was young, and still wanted to be a helicopter pilot. One of his teachers told him that a helicopter was 10,000 parts, each wanting to crush each other. I had to agree with his teacher.

OK. I'm going to say it...Toyota One of Oakland seems to run like a finely tuned instrument. The place is HHUUUGGE. The restrooms are immaculate, and somebody was sweeping up an exterior paint booth? (I am puzzled about what that was. But it was clean.).

There is space for customers who want to watch TV; tables and chairs for those of us who bring books/devices with us. The furniture matches and is not ripped up. The employees are courteous. They have water for their customers, and hot beverages for free. Oh, did I mention that it was really clean?

When Mike came and retrieved me, he said the CADEAU was just fine. He asked if I still flew, and I said no. By now he knew I lived in Alameda, had a background as a pilot, was a real estate broker for 30 years...and he wondered if I knew his girlfriend's dad! And I certainly did!

Instant bond and only 1 degree of separation.

Live richly, marilyn

This Sat April 1, 9-12 is my 10th Annual Shredding Party! If you have stuff to shred, the truck that does it is in front of our house and you can watch it get shredded into bits! It's free! Contact me and I'll give you the address!


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