Today my car wouldn't start. A few days before my engine light went on so I was planning on taking my car into the shop regardless, I just didn't anticipate having to tow it in. Best laid plans and all that.
Anyway, a tow truck driver with AAA came to my rescue. His name's Joe. I'm not going to bother giving him an alias because Joe is such a perfect name for this and as for protecting his anonymity...well, I'm guessing there are other tow truck drivers in LA named Joe. Anyway, my mechanic is all the way on the other side of town so we had some time to talk. We started with the obvious topic, cars. He has a classic car which he baby's, particularly when he and his girlfriend (of five years) are having a fight. When tempers flare he just goes out to his car and starts washing and waxing and it calms him down. "It drives my girlfriend crazy," he laughs. "She thinks I'm giving my car all the attention I should be giving her during those times but what she doesn't get is that I can listen to her better after I spend some time chilling with the car." Then he added, "Relationships are hard, man!"
And I agreed emphatically.
At that point he told me he had bought his girl a ring, but couldn't figure out how to give it to her. So we spent our time on the I-5 planning out his proposal. When he got to the 110 he started quizzing me about my relationship. "I'm a guy, and I'm good at giving advice on how to deal with guys," he insisted. "So what's the deal? What's the good, what's the bad?"
So we spent our drive on the 110 and I-10 going over my relationship and he was right, he's good at giving advice. Then we pulled off the freeway and he said, "You look like a Starbucks girl, am I right?"
I looked at him with wide eyes and a sense of awe. Clearly this guy is, like, the next Nostradomus. "I am!" I exclaimed. "I am a Starbucks girl!"
"Tell you what," he said, "We'll drop your car off and then we'll find the nearest Starbucks and I'll drop you off there. You don't want to wait around at the shop, do you?"
"No! I'd so much rather be at Starbucks!"
And after dropping off the car we found a Starbucks. On the way he demonstrated how tight the turning radius on his tow-truck is by doing U-turns in small intersections with his flatbed.
At that point I was thinking this is the best tow-truck ride I've ever had. This guy was like a psychic Dr. Phil, and fun chauffeur all rolled up into one! And it all came with my AAA membership! It almost makes up for my car being screwed up (almost).
Anyway, it was an unexpected pleasure in the middle of an unpleasant errand. Not sure if it qualifies as a silver lining but it definitely made me smile.
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