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December 7, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Rant & Rave: ‘It pays to check out local businesses’

RAVE It pays to check out local small businesses. We arrived home to find a non-working furnace, called a large furnace contractor who couldn’t come for several days. Another call to a local heating contractor reveals a technician is wrapping up a call less than a mile away who can be here in 20 minutes. He arrives, finds a bad pressure switch within minutes, replaces the switch within a few more minutes and is on his way to the next job in a few more minutes. From my first call to my next call to the owner expressing my sincere thanks for a blazing furnace: less than one hour.
RANT For drivers of the 100 or so cars that didn’t stop on Thanksgiving evening to aid an elderly man who had fallen on the sidewalk. He’d suffered a head injury in his fall and was unable to get up, “for quite a long time” he said. I called 911 and waited until the aide car arrived and took the man to a hospital, but I’m disappointed that I was the only one willing to stop and investigate. Please stop next time … it could be someone YOU love!
RAVE To the family that surprised us with the purchase of our wine at dinner out on Thanksgiving eve, thank you! You made a fun dinner memorable on our visit from out of town. We wish we could thank you personally, but this will do. We’ll “pass it forward.”
RANT To the texting driver tearing down I-90: It’s obvious you couldn’t care less about the safety of your fellow motorists, but it’s odd that you have no concern for the safety of your infant riding in the back seat.
RAVE My husband and I are in our late 70s and have health issues. The other day we heard a loud noise, looked outside and there was our neighbor’s yard-care person using his leaf blower cleaning our deck, patio and yard. He looked up and said, “Random act of kindness!” What a wonderful, caring, kind man! It nearly made me cry with joy.
RANT To the persistent, immature person who, for the second time, twisted our mailbox off its post and left it on the ground. That took a lot of effort, especially on such a cold night — didn’t dare do it in the daytime, would you? We hired a handy person to build a concrete box for our mail and paper, along with a hidden camera.
RAVE To the CenturyLink Field guest services worker outside in the frigid weather during the Sounders game who noticed my cold hands and thoughtfully offered some hand warmers so I could continue to enjoy the game.

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