I can't remember ever getting a call for notary services late at night on a Saturday. Usually if there is a closing to do, I'll get the call in the early afternoon. So it came to me as a bit of a surprise when I got a call last night at around 10:15 p.m. The man had a Release and Assumption of Risk document that he urgently needed notarized before 5 a.m. the next morning. He said it was part of his application for the fire department. There were no businesses open. No other place to go to get it notarized. For him, it was almost an emergency. He needed a mobile notary.
I wrote down his address, looked it up on a map locator to see how long it would take me to get there, and told him I'd be there in a half an hour. I wore a suit and tie. You never know who you'll meet, and you always want to make a good impression. Not just for yourself, but for all mobile notaries. There's still an element of trust that has to be gained. There are still some people who would feel more comfortable going into an office, with a notary seated behind a desk. I printed out the directions, grabbed my briefcase, and was on my way.
I am totally convinced that there is a bright side to everything. Even that late on a Saturday night. I saw a neighborhood of Colorado Springs that I had never seen before. It was up on a hill, overlooking the city. You could see the lights of the city, and the Rockies in the background. It looked like a postcard. After a series of winding roads, I arrived at his house at around 11. I was immediately greeted by his dog who wanted to play with the guest. He was jumping up and down on me almost the whole time. I love dogs, so that was another bright side to it. It only took a few minutes to notarize the document and I was on my way. He was extremely grateful, and showed it by adding a little extra to the fee.
On the way back, I couldn't help but feel good. I don't know just how critical this document was, and whether it meant the difference between him getting hired or not. I just know that he needed it done by 5 a.m. the next day, and there was no other way to get it done. I was glad that I could help. And hopefully I left him with a positive image of the mobile notary.
But most of all, I hope he gets the job.