I WAS IN a lesson this morning and Sheryl worked with three older gentlemen who wandered into the store and were interested in a wireless micophone system and PA. They grumbled about guitars and how Martins and Taylors were superior, blah blah blah.
"Well, we are Takamine dealers and they are fabulous guitars," Sheryl said. "Garth Brooks even plays Takamine guitars."
"He doesn't actually play them," one of the guys said.
"Uh, yes he does. He's no Elvis," Sheryl said. It seemed to register and the three guys nodded their heads in agreement.
They were looking for equipment for a "church." Actually we suspect they were looking for equipment for their gun club in rural Missouri, and there's all kinds of fun we could have here but we'll be polite and move on. Sheryl quoted them a system we got last year for a local place, and they were impressed. It's the advantage of working with a small business and an owner who cares and knows her stuff.
"Man, I've been in three music stores and you are the first person who has actually helped me," one of the men said.
Then there was talk about how to put the system together. Sheryl said, "Look. Get a couple of women to READ THE DIRECTIONS and then you'll get it right."
They laughed and they all agreed she was right. They left the store in a good mood. Sheryl laughed while telling the story. And that, friends, is how it works at Fifth and Maine much of the time.
I'm going to the house to trim the grass. I hope the trimmer doesn't run out of wire. I'd have to read the directions or call Sheryl to change it. She's read the directions.