We saw it at exactly the right time. I had to pee like a um guy who is over 50 and has finished two cups of tea. OK sometimes similies fail me. We'd pulled off to get breakfast, to fill the car's tank and drain our own. The rain was pelting down so hard that we were sure animials were pairing up two by two and checking their tickets for the boat.
It was a Hess gas station. I don't know this company at all, it must be one that serves a particular geographic region of the States. We choose to go to the bathroom first, well we didn't really choose - some needs just take themselves to the head of the line. The gas station looked brand new. We pulled up into the disabled space and remarked at how well placed the parking spot was. (There are gas stations and rest stops on the I-90 that has disabled parking much further away than typical parking. There are stores that cut curbs with bitterness and have them almost impassibly steep or with odd twists in them. Over time you remark at things like well planned disabled parking and nicely designed curbs. Trust me.)
So we go into Hess and they manage it to look jam packed with cool stuff. But, and it's a big but, the aisle are wide enough for a wheelchair and the bathroom is designed with wheelchairs in mind. I could get in and park, transfer easily to the tall toilet, just the grab bars to get up, roll over to the sink, wash. It wasn't wildly larger than other bathrooms, just really well designed. Kind of like they'd asked someone in a wheelchair to describe the perfect gas station bathroom.
I came out of the bathroom and said, 'Let's buy some of this stuff. We shopped a bit then filled up, then left.' I wanted to spend a bit of money there, I wanted them to see a disabled guy in their store SPENDING MONEY. Just in case someone thought it was a waste to create a space for us, let them think again as my money crosses their hands.
There are those who yammer on and on about diversity and welcome. Well give me the quiet commitment of a gas station with great blue badge parking, a well cut curb and a bathroom that has it all.
Mr or Ms Hess, if you are out there anywhere, props from me.