May 5, 2014 – Sawyer and I took the Vespa out this morning to go car shopping. Our first stop was Buddy Ball’s MotorWorld – a dealership in the next town over. We received odd looks from more than a few salespeople as we walked around the lot kicking the tires of models that were of interest. Our feet were throbbing after two Smart Cars and a Prius. By the time we got to the Mini Coopers, we just looked with our eyes.
A very nice saleswoman named Vicki, took us around the lot in her golf cart. We asked if that was for sale, but she just laughed. Sawyer and I made a mental note to speak to the flock about purchasing a golf cart for the chicken yard. It would make getting back and forth to the brewery so much easier.
Vicki took us to see their fleet of delivery trucks. Most of them were much too large for our needs and abilities. We started to think about shopping elsewhere, when Vicki showed us an older truck that she got in last week as a trade. It was a cobalt blue, 1955 Dodge pickup, fully restored. She was a beauty. With a quick adjustment to the pedals (which Vicki said her shop guys could take care of), Sawyer and I would have no problem handling this vehicle. The bed was plenty big enough to manage our beer cases, and the engine purred like a kitten.
Sawyer forwarded a picture of the truck with all the financial details to Addie in Coop #1. Within ten minutes, Addie gave us the green light to purchase, with the bottom-line figure to present to the dealership. After a tense couple of moments waiting for Buddy Ball’s finance person to review the deal, Vicki returned with a purchase and sales agreement for us to sign. A couple of hen scratches later and she was handing over two sets of shiny keys. She helped us place the Vespa in the back, and watched as Sawyer and I scrambled into the sprawling bench seat. Because of the extension the boys in the shop added to the pedals, Sawyer was able to sit next to me instead of hanging out under the dash. What a brilliant day! We felt like a million bucks driving home in our new truck. This is going to make the perfect addition to our brewery business!
We told Vicki that we would be back soon to look at the small cars again. She promised us a wonderful deal.
We honked the horn as we turned the corner of our road and pulled into the driveway. Home at last. The entire flock was there to greet us, cheering and waving flags that said Happy International Respect for Chickens Day.! The signs were left over from yesterday. Waffles said there simply wasn’t time to paint new ones. Everyone loved the truck! Tim suggested that we have a logo made for The Happy Chicken Brewing Company and have that painted on the doors. We thought it was a smashing idea! We were all so excited, that we decided to pile in and head over to the ice cream stand for frozen blueberry yogurt cones.
Yessiree, we are moving up in the world!