October is Pastor Appreciation Month. (“Yeah- and this is February! What’s your point?!”) The church historically collects money as a gift to the pastor’s family in October. We A. are always grateful and B. try to use it for something that benefits the whole family. Well, this past October, my wife suggested an auto-start for the car. She, smart woman that she is, thought ahead to the winter, which has proven to be NASTY, thought about how cold the car is, even sitting in the garage, thought about How cold I get these days, and thought that would be a good idea.
She brought it up, we talked about, both agreed that was a great idea and planned accordingly. I checked around the Quad Cities, the closest place to where we live to get those kinds of things done, and found a place on the Iowa side of the river that came with a good reputation, good ratings and a relatively decent price.
I made an appointment for the day after Thanksgiving. It was, sadly, not a “take it and wait while they install it” kind of event, so our sons (who were both home that weekend) followed us so the place. We dropped the van off, headed back into Illinois, drove to a rather remote location where we picked out and cut down our Christmas tree (since both boys were home) and then went home. Later in the day, the place called and said it was done. We all drove back, picked up the van and went back home.
Man, has that auto-start proven to be a godsend. About 10-15 minutes before we are going to leave the house, we hit the remote we keep inside to open the garage. We then use the auto-start remote to start the car. Then, when we are ready to go, the car is nice and warm the second we get in. (The trick is this- you have to make sure you leave everything turned “up” before you shut the car off or it won’t warm up next time!)
Then, on the other side of the coin, when we are, say, getting ready to come home from chemo treatment, my wife will start the car from inside the building, a few minutes before we are going to leave. Here’s the beauty part- even though the car is running, it is fully locked. And even if you were to somehow get in the car anyway, you need the key. Without it, as soon as you try to put your foot on the brake and/or put the car in gear, it will automatically shut off. There are great fail-safes built in.
The other thing that is amazing about the system is that it can start the car from…ready?…more than ½ mile away! Through several walls of a building, I’m sure that distance drops. But you can be in a building, back in a part that is away from the exterior, and still start the car. It has an incredible range!
As I said, it has truly been a godsend for us this winter. When you are cold all the time and have basically no immune system left, walking 15 feet from the front door of the chemo center to the car (Thank you, handicapped parking permit and a wife who is sweet enough to go get the car and pull up by the entrance!) and getting into a nice, warm vehicle is SUCH a gift! And EVERY time we use it, we smile and say, “Thank you, church family!” It is truly a blessing to serve here!
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