my poppo was staunch about a few things. tires, brakes and windshield wipers were three of them. not only staunch, he was particular; his tire brand of choice (for him and for anyone he loved) was without-a-doubt-michelin. and so, with the exception of the time i had a tire blow out on a highway far from home, on a sunday, with no specialty tire store open, i have always bought michelins.
we’ve sat at kenosha tire many times, really for every vehicle: the vw, the minivans, the jeeps, the xb. having new tires mounted or a tire fixed or having all four rotated, they are courteous, informative, and speedy. i never truly mind waiting for something like this to be done; i love to watch people so i stay amused most of the time.
this establishment has been there since 1970. it’s not a fancy place; there’s a variety of chairs, a variety of plaques with sponsored-team pictures, a variety of tire samples and tire signs and a large screen tv. sometimes there’s a dog or two and i suspect maybe there is a cat back in that office with the counter-level swinging door. this is a family business and their dedication not only to their customers but also to the community is obvious. i always feel like they listen to me; i always trust them.
before we went out west, we had our tires rotated…i could hear my dad nagging, er, reminding me all the way from heaven. on the wall next to my chair was this sign. the four-way test of the things we think, say or do printed on rotary international paper. it struck me as a simple tool…something to help frame our thoughts, the things we blurt out or defiantly or unthinkingly state, the things we do that have the potential to hurt others.
it is clear to me that kenosha tire values people. it is clear that they support their community. and now it is clear to me that they found this simple guide to kindness was important enough to put on the wall. we should all have a wallet-sized copy to which we can refer.
i’m betting my dad would be pretty staunch about using this shop to buy our tires. kindness in business was another one of those things he was pretty particular about.
as a matter of fact, i’m also willing to bet that, other than 2x4s, i-beams, sheetrock and maybe shiplap, this is the only wall-related-discussion he’d be interested in.