Living on the beach, the summer nights tend to get pretty cool. As a result, my husband, Marc, and I kept outdoor heaters on all of our desks, so we can enjoy the ocean air without freezing. For the past few years, we have solely relied on the heaters that run on propane gas. However, last year, when we had to replace our old ones, we gave the electric models a try. They seemed to work out well, so at the end of the summer, thinking we wouldn’t need propane anymore, Marc gave the empty tanks, which we purchased, to the florist who always refilled our tanks over the years.
During the winter, when Marc tried to use the electric heaters to barbecue outside, he realized they didn’t provide as much warmth as the propane ones. Also, he found that on the dark winter nights, having the long cord plugged into the outlets became cumbersome. As a result, he decided to switch back to the propane heaters and ordered some replacements.
“It is so ironic,” Marc said to me as we were running errands the other day, “I gave away the propane tanks and now, only a few months later, we have to buy more.”
“Yeah. I guess we should have held onto them. But, how were we to know?”
“Still it was stupid, what a waste of money,” he replied.
An hour or so later, we drove by the florist. “You think he will remember?” Marc asked me.
I shrugged my shoulders as Marc pulled into the parking lot. “Hey!” He greeted the two brothers who own the store. “It looks like spring is finally here! Great to see you guys re-opening.”
One of the brothers was making small talk with Marc while the other unloaded a box and stocked the shelves. In conversation Marc said, “I can’t believe it. Do you remember last year I dropped off two empty propane tanks and told you to keep them because I didn’t need them anymore? Well go figure. Now I need one again…”
“I don’t remember, but I believe you. You need one? I will get one for you. No problem.”
As Marc started to thank the first brother, the second one chimed it, “I remember that. He did give us the tanks.”
This once again proves to me how important it is to support the same businesses, and try to build relationships with the owners and staff. Not only can it benefit everyone in the end, it makes everyone’s experiences much more enjoyable.
Do you frequent the same restaurants and shops?
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!