Kia Sedona: Girl Scout Cookie Time!
February 26, 2007
It's Girl Scout cookie season in Southern California, and Brownie Troop 421 has been busy taking orders since late January. Cookies are the troop's annual cash cow, and these ten first and second graders have been working their Brownie beanie charms on family members, neighbors, and of course their parents' co-workers in an effort to make their troop goal of 910 boxes.
As the troop's Cookie Mom, it was my responsibilty to pick up the the entire order from the warehouse, all 1,176 boxes, which equals 98 cases or three towering pallets. The veteran moms informed me that 100 cases would fit in an open-bed pickup truck, but since our Silverado was at the body shop and the weatherman was forecasting the threat of rain, I opted for the Kia Sedona instead.
We folded the Sedona's rear bench flat and attempted to remove the second-row chairs before heading to the warehouse. One seat came out easily, but the other chair wouldn't release. After nearly ten minutes of trying, we were getting anxious about making our 11:40 a.m. pick up time, so we left the seat in the minivan. I had been warned that the load times were assigned in seven minute intervals, and if you were late you'd get pushed to the end of the day. So much for sisterly love.
I brought my own labor force--husband, Barry and eager-to-earn-a-free-box-of-Samoas co-worker, Brian Moody. I had asked Brian to stand by with our long-term Tahoe in case we maxed out the Sedona's capacity. To my amazement, all 98 cases were loaded into the Sedona in less than six minutes.
Now as soon as I collect $4,704 from my ten sales girls, I'll be able to enjoy my own box of Thin Mints.
Kelly Toepke, Manager of Vehicle Testing at 20,138 miles