When I was growing up in Statesboro, Hardee’s was a treat (it’s a law that every small town in South Georgia has to have a Hardee’s – look it up). I can remember the smells of the restaurant, the shakes (always strawberry), and the hamburgers had a certain flavor a little different (maybe the sauce?) from McDonalds, Burger Chef, Burger King, Dairy Queen, and Wendy’s. (That was about it for small-town South Georgia hamburger joints.)
I did sample the new Chik-fil-A Spicy Sandwich – it was good and had a little kick to it. I was part of a new promotion but it looked like they weren’t making a big deal of it at the Lawrenceville restaurant.
The last several times that I have been in my local Chevy dealer, Maxie Price, I have dealt with Steve Kelly in the Service Department. Steve always remembers my name and he is professional, friendly and he gets the work done with a good attitude. They have a comfortable lounge area too with two big televisions and some seriously bitter coffee if you get there early. Now if I can just save up for a ‘Vette ZR1. You can call him if you want at (678) 527-8058 or (770) 466-4444.
You can even walk around the lot and look at the ‘Vettes and somebody will ask to help you if you need it. The times that they asked me, there was no pressure just a little friendly banter.
Why am I writing this? Because it is unusual to find people that seem like they care if you are a satisfied customer. I think my brother-in-law Steve does. Just kidding, we aren’t related and I never saw him before I met him at Maxie’s.
This past Friday, Steve handled the emissions on my Chevy. Something was wrong with a fuse so they had to fix it but they didn’t charge anything for that. When I was leaving, I dropped my credit card, and drove off without it. I got down the road and realized I’d lost it. Before I could get home, Phil (one of the other service writers) had called to say he found the card and would hold it for me. We had a laugh about how they had just bought pizza for the whole dealership with it. But the laugh was on them since the credit limit is only $100.
Some of my best friends from back in my Statesboro days (WHO THAT?? WHO THAT?? WHO THAT?? trying to beat Statesboro High!!! – sorry, had a cheerleader moment) are running their own jewelry business online now. Brothers Paul and Dean Krissinger have a company called Eyes Desire Gems and Jewelry. It’s run on Ebay so, of course, it has all the benefits of doing business on there.
We had the pleasure of using Avalon Limousine Service of Monroe on Saturday of this past weekend. The driver was a lady with a big smile and pleasant disposition. The extended Ford Excursion was spotless on the inside and outside and looked new.
Okay, maybe the same thing could be said for others in the limo business. What set Avalon apart was the owner, Chris Calhoun. My oldest son left his Epipen injector for severe allergic reactions in the limo once he was dropped off for his formal in Duluth. We were able to get Chris on the phone and set up a time to pick up the Epipen which Chris had secured from the limo. Chris was able to meet me in Monroe a few minutes after midnight for the dropoff. He was still working for other clients and had a run to make to Hartsfield-Jackson. Chris was gracious and friendly in helping us get the medicine back in case we needed it that night. He was patient, never seemed perturbed, and was willing to accomodate my schedule.
I would recommend his service to anyone that needs limousine transportation. I’d never met him before Saturday night and am glad that I did.
If you need your vehicle serviced, give Phil Ferrara or Steve Kelly a call at Maxie Price Chevrolet in Loganville, Georgia. Phil stayed late on a Saturday to take care of my old Toyota with 186k miles on it. He even had a good attitude. He didn’t stay around just for me; there were other nicer vehicles than mine that needed service too. However, I didn’t get a rush job because my Avalon was an old beat up ride with interior parts falling off and a strange-smelling trunk. (Although, I did notice him using anti-bacterial rinse after shaking my hand.)
We have a Suburban that was purchased there new so I’ve got to know him and Steve. They’ve been there several years and are professionals in the best sense of the word.
We have been homeschooling our children for ten years. If you have an interest, check out the Georgia Home Education Association, the ultimate resource for Georgia citizens seeking to have a Christian homeschool.
Sometimes a homeschool parent can feel overwhelmed and could use encouragment or a new idea. This page links the the support groups for Gwinnett County. Here’s the Walton County support groups. And the one for Barrow County. And Jackson County. And Hall County. You can search for any county in Georgia too.
Somehow I came across this website and poked around looking at the different lists for Atlanta and Savannah. It is packed with information and would be useful if you are trying to find something fun to do for the day or plan a vacation or weekend trip.