This post is mostly going to be of interest to my home-turf readers in the Western Mass / Northern CT area. Pride is a small (16 store) chain of locally-owned gas stations in Western Massachusetts and during the month of December, they're trying to drum up a little more business by offering free 16-ounce cups of coffee - no purchase required - at all of their stations.
Thursday night was one of those really trying nights. I had come home from work to find the distribution blower in my pellet stove had stopped working and the house temp was in the low 50's The service center that handles warranty work on my stove closes at 7 pm on Thursday, so I got right to work removing the old blower so I could swap it out for a new one. By the time I got to the service center it was 15 minutes before closing, but I got the part I needed. It was 7F/14C outside, I still had to stop at the hardware store for electrical connectors and foil tape to finish the repairs, and my car's gas tank was just about empty.
Pride to the rescue! Cheapest gas in town and free hot fresh coffee. Totally awesome.
Well, not totally to the rescue. I still had to get home and install the blower.