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We left Toronto on this road trip knowing that my tires were dangerously low. As a result the steering became sluggish, carpets became really hard to navigate and backing up was powerfully slow. I knew, just knew, that we should have gone and got them filled where we usually go. I held back because that's the only place I go and I hate having to go and ask them a few times a year. Not because they raise a complaint but because I feel like I'm bothering them. People don't have to make you feel a bother for you to feel a bother.
Well, yesterday we were leaving a mall and I spotted a Firestone Store and, even though it was late and we were both tired, I, on impulse, said, "Let's go see if they will do my tires." Joe missed the turn into the store but we were determined now so we went round the block and found our way in. Joe pulled up by the entrance, went in, I saw him waiting in line to ask if they would do wheelchair tires. When he got to the front of the line, he was there only seconds. The man behind the desk, said they would help, no question.
We pulled up to where I thought I would get out but the mechanic just waved us over, had me unclamped while in the van so I could move around for him to get at the tires. First one side, then the other, and it was done. It's weird sitting in a chair that's getting tires pumped, You rise up on one side, then the other. We thanked him, he brushed off the thanks, and, after clamping me back down, we drove off with tires perfectly filled.
It's like driving a whole new chair.
The responsiveness is amazing.
These guys who have filled my chair, and there have been many, over the six years I've had it, have, to a one, been decent people, glad to help.
Maybe my tires get low just so that I can be reminded of the basic human goodness of people. That asking for help needn't bring me low, or that, even if it did, I'd be pumped right back up.