Yesterday was a bad weather day. I got to stay home and write, but others weren’t so lucky. When K left the house for work, she noticed there was a flat tire on her truck. All right, I had nowhere to go in a hurry so she took my car. Not such a big deal.
Ok, I know what you’re thinking, but there is no way in hell I was going to change that tire myself. It was freezing rain outside and I would be content to leave it there for days if necessary. However it wasn’t necessary. K called roadside assistance she paid for it, she wants the service. I love this modern world.
An hour or so later I get a call from the tow truck driver. He was in the line-up to catch a ferry to the island. Yep, that’s right, no roadside service folk on this small island. We wait for them to come over from the city. As I waited, and the driver waited, it began to rain harder.
About two hours later it is raining buckets of freezing pellets. I get a call from a frustrated man. “I’m on the island, where is your street?”
“Do you have GPS?”
“Yes, but it isn’t showing up.”
“Never does. Look around, can you see a water tower?”
“Yes, it’s a long way off, but I can see it.”
“Head towards the tower, our street will be on the right about half way.”
A few minutes later a giant tow truck pulls up. I wave at him and he waves back, pulls up the hood on his rain gear and starts gathering tools. The skies opened up. With a shiver I went to the coffee pot for a re-fill. He was nearly finished when I grabbed the camera. The plan was a picture of him changing the tire in the storm.
I just couldn’t do it. He looked so sad, like a half drowned puppy. I offered coffee, but he declined, saying he had a thermos in the truck. He climbed back into the vehicle and drove away. Ten minutes later the storm eased off and a while later the rain stopped. I sneaked out for pictures.
The flat, now in the back of the truck.
The dirty donut the poor man had to install in the bitter cold rain.
So, for all you roadside assistance guys who have to rescue damsels in the worst of weather, a big thank you from us. You guys rock!
So, have any of you had adventures with roadside assistance? A hard rain perhaps? A dark and stormy night? Tell me. J
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