Finally, A Local Mechanic That We Can Trust!

Finally, A Local Mechanic That We Can Trust!

Tired of wondering whether or not you can trust your mechanic? If you live in or near Dayton Ohio, you are in luck!
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In all business, trust is the best business!

Finally, I have a trusted mechanic. How bad does it suck when all of the sudden your car is making some outlandish sound similar to a garbage disposal, and you have no idea where to go? If you are like me, you can't trust a mechanic because they will overcharge you for work that you do NOT need, and they will charge you a ton of money for labor because the mechanics work off of commission.

Well, if you live anywhere near Dayton, OH, your worries are OVER! I found out last minute that I had to drive over five hours for a business meeting, and my car was in serious need of an oil change. Usually, I just go to Walmart, but their shop wasn't operating today, "CRAP!" So I Google shops around me, and I find this small little shop right up the street with great reviews: Kettering-Oakwood Automotive!




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Let's start with the phone call. I call the shop, after reading some immaculate reviews, and Terry (who also happens to be the owner) greets me with a calm and attentive greeting. I am not sure what he said, but what I heard was this, "Hello there, I am here to help you with whatever you need, and I will do it with a smile." I literally thanked him immediately for such great service and scheduled an appointment. He made sure to get me in the same day so I was set for my trip. I immediately called my girlfriend to tell her about how pumped I was to meet this guy (not my usual reaction to getting work done on my car)!

A few hours later, I get to the shop, meet Terry (yes, he is awesome!), and they get to work on my car right away. I decided that I would wait on the car so that I could observe what goes on and see if I would want to come back in the future. I will definitely be back. First, I talked with Terry about how he acquired the shop. Come to find out, Terry has only had the place for two years. Before that he was working at a dealership (which is how he knows they charge way too much) and was also running a shop out of his house. The guy worked over 16 hours a day to get his own shop, you bet he wants to do a good job!

But Terry's story wasn't what hooked me. In the course of a little over a half-hour (way faster than Walmart), I got all of my fluids topped off, my tires filled with air and a full car inspection. But even better, I saw something I would never expect, the reason why I will always trust this shop. One of the mechanics walks into the room, and says to Terry, "I know it took a little extra time, but I found a way that we can fix this guys wiring. We can save him at least a couple hundred."

At this point, I am mind-blown that a shop is trying their best to save the customers money. Then, as I am sitting there in awe, a lady walks in and asks if the shop had an air pump so she could put air in her tires. Terry politely responds by saying "Just pull up to the third garage, and we will fill them up for you, no charge." Wow, she didn't even have to get out of the car. Is this place too good to be true?

I thought, maybe they don't have enough work or something. So I ask Terry how the business is going, and the guy has tons of business; he just knows how to effectively manage his time, keeps an awesome team of mechanics and genuinely cares about his customers. This guy is the best!

To sum it up, Kettering-Oakwood Automotive is a gem. As a writer, I feel personally responsible to inform our local community about such a valuable resource. Their prices are competitive, they only use the best products (full synthetic oil & fluids) and they even LOAN YOU A CAR while your work is being done. I now have a trustworthy mechanic, and nothing tops that peace of mind!

Cover Image Credit: Kettering-Oakwood Auto Facebook

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hot air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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Returning To Disney After 10 Years Was Like Stepping Back Into My Childhood Shoes

Distance makes the heart grow fonder.

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When I was little, my family came to Disney World to meet Mickey and all my favorite princesses. Like pretty much any little kid, I absolutely loved it. As I got older, my preferences shifted to the thrill rides so Busch Gardens and Universal Studios became my favorite parks.

Earlier this year I started working at a kiosk in Disney Springs and, for the first time, had access to the Disney parks without paying crazy expensive prices. Where do I start? I've heard of a few rides and shows here and there but I didn't know the parks at all. It was going to be a whole new world...

My mother and I had been talking about her maybe visiting Orlando so I thought, how about we go to Disney? We'll be the blind leading the blind but why not? I intended the parks to be mostly meet-and-greets with characters and cute family friendly rides. It's a kid park but we could still play and have fun.

As we gawked at the floating mountains of Pandora and cracked up at the awful comedy of the Jungle Cruise, I couldn't help but experience deja vu after deja vu. So many clips of memories were flying through my head as we ventured throughout the parks. I walked past the PhilharMagic sign and randomly teared up, recalling a glimpse of how much I had loved that show back when my middle school orchestra took a field trip there.

When our boat approached the first scene of the Pirates of the Caribbean, I could remember shushing my cousin back in the day because I wanted to hear what they were saying. A little girl in a Belle costume ran by clutching an autograph book and I remembered the blue one I had that was filled with numerous Disney characters signatures. I couldn't believe how many pieces of the park I remembered. And here we were, making new memories drinking authentic beers in Germany and appreciating the parks in a whole new way.

While inhaling a delicious sundae from the ice cream parlor on Main Street, we watched the parade go by. Classic Disney songs boomed and from our seats we could see the tops of floats, carrying waving princesses and princes and dancing animated characters. My heart feeling fuzzy, I looked over and noticed my mom was crying. Embarrassed, she admitted how many memories of me growing up were flooding through her mind. I asked her about who my favorite characters had been back when they were all new. I honestly couldn't remember. Ariel and Tinkerbell were apparently the favorites. Mermaids and sass? That makes a lot of sense….

The magic of childhood was in the air we breathed. I had figured many of the parades and attractions would focus on the newer generation of Disney but that couldn't be further from the truth. My generation of '90s Disney classics were everywhere the eye could see and everywhere the ears could hear. The animatronics were old and obviously outdated but I wouldn't have it any other way. That gave it that nostalgic touch that makes it perfect.

It's incredible how powerful nostalgia can be. People, myself included, will roll their eyes at the idea of paying so much money to go see some twenty-somethings in princess costumes or waving mouse animatronics. But once you're there the game changes. When you hear "Look at this stuff…," an entire story of a girl yearning for a different life and pursuing her dreams of being human floods through your mind. When you hear "You can fly!," an entire story of children being scared to grow up but learning the beauty of it plays across your eyes (and heart). These stories transport us to another place and this park transports us to them.

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