A few months ago, I got an email from them saying that they were going to offer this class to women -- the goal was to teach women basics of car maintenance so that we would know how to change a tire, check all of the fluids, change the light bulbs, etc, and all without the help of men! I thought it sounded great, plus it was free, and they said they'd serve free coffee and French pastries! All convincing arguments!! So I had reserved the date several months ago and I was SO excited that the day was finally here!
I didn't really know what to expect, but I arrived right on time, grinning from ear to ear and ready to learn all the ins and outs of my car! There were 15 of us today, and it was the 3rd time they'd done this type of class -- they've had between 20-30 women come each time! It was nice to be a smaller group, as I was less intimidated to ask my questions!
I was the young one of the group and my oh my were there interesting women there! I will spare you a description of each one, but my three favorites:
1. An old lady who had no clue about anything related to a car, and kept making comments like "oh how interesting!" and "ooooooh wow that's REALLY GOOD TO KNOW!!!!" She was super enthusiastic. She smiled all the time at me, and we totally bonded when we changed the light bulb together.
2. There was another lady who was probably in her mid-30s and hilarious. She told joke after joke and made up all these scenarios that had us rolling on the floor laughing. She even pretended to be a cross-wrench model. :)
3. The 3rd lady was a very rich lady, who didn't want to get her hands dirty at all, pretended to know the answers to all of the mechanics questions, but then informed us that anytime she needed to go on a trip, she OBVIOUSLY took the plane. Ooooook.
It made for a very dynamic group!
So after we arrived, they handed all of us plastic aprons and black gloves and we were ready to go into the garage!
Our mechanic was so nice and knowledgeable!
They had a whole bunch of parts sitting out on the table -- used and new to show us the difference. That was helpful.
Then he showed us how to change a tire. That and checking my oil are about the only two things I actually know how to do, but it was still a good review. Some of these women had never changed a tire before!
The mechanic used the machine to tighten the bolts, so we had to jump on the wrench to loosen them. They eventually brought out one of those cross bar wrenches, and that was much easier.
At the end of the workshop, we all went back inside and were rewarded with all kinds of little goodies for the car, AND....
A "mechanic certificate" certifying that I have learned all of the "basic maintenance checks for my vehicle". Woohoooo!!!!! The President of Nissan was there, and he signed it. :) I was so proud! I will hang it up on my wall, I'm just sure of it.
Not a bad way to spend my Saturday morning! :) The rest of the afternoon was great too, but that's another post for another day!
Oh, and Hubert, I got you a new pen!!!!