An Angel in the Desert
Sharon and I were finally ready to start on our first
vacation/honeymoon. Sharon had never had a vacation in her
life, she usually visited relatives instead. She and I were
looking forward to 'our' trip together. We were tight on
money. Our goals was to head West from Oklahoma City to see
northern New Mexico, the Grand Canyon, Vegas, to Silverton
and Durango in Colorado, to Leadville, up to Yellowstone
National park, then meander home.
The plans were nice on paper, but reality hit us in Amarillo
when her 1986 Cougar started chugging and we barely made it
to the gas station. I thought perhaps she had some bad gas
and as the tank was fairly empty, I felt confident a full
tank would cure the ill. So off we went again. However, just
outside of! Tucumcari, New Mexico, the car would barely do
20 mph. The car had a serious problem. We would have to
change our vacation plans in all likelihood. The only repair
shop open on Saturday gave us grim news. The catalytic
converter was bad and it needed to be replaced. The cost was
about 250 (1988) dollars. Also, to add injury, we would have
to wait until Monday for the part.
I told the man about my wife, who had terminal cancer, about
this being our honeymoon, but to fix it and we would adjust
our venue. He looked at me in the eye and said, "If you buy
me breakfast and get an oil change, this car will be ready
in an hour."
I fed him breakfast and paid him 19.95 for an oil change.
What he had done was illegal, he removed the converter and
then told us the car would run much better and we could use
either leaded or unleaded gas.
This man saved our vacation and ensured we had many memories
of our trip. I thank this angel in the desert.
B. J. Cassady Guthrie, Okla