It Ain’t Easy Being Queen

Jul 25th, 2014 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

Geri RoskopfIn October 2003 my husband was scheduled to attend a Towing and Recovery Association of America meeting and tow show in Valley Forge, Penn. I was going to stay home to take care of the business.

He started telling me, though, that maybe I should go along. No, I insisted, I would stay back. Then some of our towing friends decided they were going to go and I finally gave in. It was a memorable weekend all the way around:

• We all stopped at a nice restaurant with a sign that read steak and seafood. It was about 4:30 in the afternoon. The hostess looked down her nose at us and asked if we had reservations. We answered no. She said it would be a half hour before they could seat us as they were extremely busy. No problem, we would wait at the bar — she didn’t like that answer. I wasn’t impressed with the way were welcomed and treated.

• As I joined our friends for breakfast the next morning, out of the corner of my eye I saw something move on the floor. My feet went up on the chair, my hands flew up and I started gasping “Huh! Huh! Huh!” trying to point out the mouse that scurried behind a cabinet. My friends didn’t know what was happening to me, and when I explained to the manager what I saw, he gave me this look like “yeah, right.” He moved the cabinet and out pops our little friend. The hotel gave me vouchers for two free breakfasts. Hmm …

• At Saturday night’s banquet, the president of Women of the Towing and Recovery Association of America (WTRAA) began reading a biography. After a few sentences, I realized she was reading about me. I was being honored with the WTRAA 2003 Tow Woman of the Year award. I was so surprised I put my napkin over my face. It finally hit me why everyone insisted I attend this tow show. I was clueless — they sure knew how to keep a secret. That night my friends dubbed me the “Queen.”

WTRAA is taking nominations for the WTRAA 2014 Tow Woman of the Year. It’s a great honor awarded to a woman in the towing industry who has supported her business, community and state and national towing associations. If you know a WTRAA member who deserves this recognition, go to the WTRAA website (www.wtraa.org) fill out and send in her nomination.

It ain’t easy being queen, but it’s sure fun getting there!