Posted by Southwest Beverages on 8/2/2015
Did you ever
have one of those days when everything, and I mean everything, goes wrong? This
was the case on Friday when, no matter how much I tried to manage the day’s
events, it seemed that all the world’s “forces” were against me.
planned on leaving work around 1 PM to re-register my car at the DMV before it
closed at 5 PM. What I didn’t expect was to loose a filling at lunch. It’s my
fault actually, chewing on a Tootsie-Roll on my way from the cafeteria back to
my office. Stupid! Just stupid! The receptionist at the dentist’s office told
me if I could be at the office by 2 PM he would stay and fix my tooth. On the way to the dentist’s office, the
“check-engine” indicator light came on in the instrument panel of my car. After
I got my tooth filled, and a good lecture from the dentist, I headed to the
emissions inspection center. “I don’t believe this”, I angrily proclaimed as I
drove towards the sign that read, “Do NOT enter if your check engine light is
on. Please proceed to the office”. Frustrated,
I headed for the testing centers exit noting as I drove past the office, that
the testing center closed at 5 PM. Quickly, I mentally calculated the round
trip time to go to my mechanic’s garage, fix the problem and return to the testing
center.” 4:50 PM”, I whispered as I started to make my way to Mike’s garage.
While I was driving I knew I had made the right decision not to go into the
office for if I went into the office I would have been there for a “good” half
hour filling out paperwork that would most probably told me I had failed the
test and advised me of a 10-day period to correct the problem and get re-tested.
Facing a $75
late filling fee for not registering my car by close of business on July 31st,
I drove as quickly as I could back to the emissions center from Mike’s garage.
This time as I entered the center, I smiled as I drove past the sign that
stated, “Do NOT enter if your check engine light is on. Please proceed to the
office” and took my place in line for the emissions test. “There’s got to be a
kiosk inside where I can re-register the car once I passed the emission test”,
I quietly thought as I slowly pulled forward into the testing bay. The clock
stated, 4:54 PM when the inspector asked me, “Please exit your vehicle, sir,
and stand on the yellow mark to the front side of my car.” Three minutes later
the inspector handed me the results of the test reflecting I had passed. “Do
you have a kiosk inside where I can registrar my car?” I asked. “No, he
replied, and I thought, “Of course not, that would be too easy-to have a kiosk
to register your car in the same place as the emissions test.”
“But as of two
weeks ago,” he continued, “you can now register it on line.”
minutes later I was sitting in front of my computer drinking an iced chocolate
raspberry hot chocolate registering my car.
Written by Bob Jenkins, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of
Bob has had the privilege of working for some of America's largest
and well run public and private companies, including Philip Morris, Canada Dry, Dr
Pepper, Cadbury Schweppes, Snapple Beverage Corporation, Tasker Capital Corp. and
The Water Club and River Cafe - two of New York's finest fine dining restaurants. He
has worked in various capacities as Finance Manager, Controller, Director of Finance,
Vice President Finance & Administration, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, and
Bob holds a Masters of Business
Administration degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of
Science degree in accounting from the University of Arizona.
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