Hey Flower Friends,
I have a Question for you today, and would love to hear your answers. It’s a What if this happens to you scenario…
It’s based off a situation I encountered this past month – here’s the backstory. A few weeks ago I was driving my SUV into Seattle with a full load of flowers for an event. Now I had had some problems with my SUV acting up and had taken it to the mechanic earlier that week and all seemed repaired and fine and I resumed business as usual. On the day of the event I had picked up my Uncle as he enjoys coming along for the ride and seeing different parts of Seattle. As we are cruising down I5 I see traffic ahead (not surprising anywhere near Seattle!) and as I slow down I turn off the AC, nice breeze out and I wasn’t concerned about the flowers being too hot. Well, about 5 minutes into sitting in traffic I see the temperature gauge going up and immediately roll down all windows and turn on the heater to pull the heat off the engine. The traffic is at a standstill and I start holding my breath for many reasons – please don’t break down, please don’t kill the flowers with heat. Kept telling myself that the heat will just help those roses and peonies open up more! Thank goodness my Uncle had come along for the ride so I wasn’t freaking out alone!! We made it to the venue fine, a bit hot from the heater blowing on us, but fine. We go about business and get all the flowers setup. WHEW!! In the end, that’s all I ask for, the flowers delivered and setup, don’t care if the car breaks down in the loading dock – ha ha!
The SUV did definitely have problems and I was praying all the way home that night. I live an hour north of Seattle and got home around midnight after the late night strike of the event. Driving home in the slow lane, praying, and heater on full blast the whole way to keep from overheating. I was very lucky that day, in the end all was fine – flowers delivered and cleaned up, and I made it all the way home! (well, in the end, not so good for the SUV – Cracked Cylinder!!)
This brings me to my Question though and would love to hear your answers and/or a situation you may have encountered yourself…
Have you ever had a problem on your way to an event? Car/Van/SUV break down while in route? Got into a car accident?
What did you end up doing? How did you handle getting your flowers to the event?