Thursday, November 20, 2008

Be A Good Scout, Help Those Old Ladies

Something way cool happened to me last night. I was taking out the garbage and one of the neighbors across the street called me over asking for help. I said "Sure, no problem!" She had an old potted plant she needed dumped into the oraganics recycling bin. It took me about 5 minutes to dig the thing out for her. "I can't thank you enough!" "Anytime!" As I was doing so she began to tell me how much she loved my old cars and how much she loved seeing me out there working on them. With tears in her eyes, she went on to tell me how her husband, who passed away 3 years ago, would have loved me and he'd be out there tinkering with me. Apparently they used to be regulars in the old car show circuit. They owned a '49 and '50 Merc (at the same time) and used to go to Hot August Nights, a whole family affair.

Long conversation short, she told me to "Wait right here" and she ran into her house. She brought out her late husbands "The Flathead" newletter/magazine collection and handed it to me. Holy smokes! There's around 40 of them. They range from 1974 to about 1981 and are full of Ford pictures, tech tips, old catalogues, etc, and many have line art drawings of cars.

She again thanked me for helping her and I told her "ANY TIME." Help those old ladies!