The new guy
Wednesday September 27th 2017, 10:49 pm
Filed under: Knit,Life

I had a good, honest mechanic and his brother for twenty-eight years. Who just retired.

On a strong recommendation, I took the car to someone new today for routine maintenance, with a sudden low-pressure idiot light on a tire as extra incentive. I hadn’t particularly wanted to go there; I liked being able to walk from and to the garage and there was no way with this one. But I knew nothing about the folks who took over my old guy’s place–except that a big corporation wants to redevelop their site, the neighbors are fighting it, the city council looks like they’ll approve it, and the landlord is seeing the dollar signs. So they might not be there very long.

The guy asked me if I wanted a ride home or to stay in their waiting room, stocked with newspapers and the kinds of book you could pick up a great recipe from or browse through, thoughtfully chosen pick-up-put-downs of the kinds that you’d want in such a circumstance.

A ride home and then a return pick-up later? Wow. It would only be an hour, hour and a half? Hey. It was early morning, I had my hot cocoa in a thermos with me and my knitting in my purse–I was all set.

I glanced at the local daily and read up on city politics as my hands worked. The old mechanic had never had a place to wait in. This was great.

The guy stepped into the room and looked like he was about to ask me how I was doing when he saw the blue yarn and the needles. He got a wonderful smile on his face and asked if I were knitting a gift? He was highly pleased that yes, it was. One of his young employees stopped by what was also their break room and he too was delighted and asked me what I was making.

They got the car done in a bit under an hour and it was time to pay.

Wait, what?

(He wasn’t sure what the problem was.)

No seriously, seriously?!

Well, he joked, I could move the decimal over for you if you’d rather.

Since when does someone spend that much time on my car and only charge me $43? Last time I checked on the going rate on mechanics around here, and that was at least ten years ago, it was $60-70/hour.

And so now I have a new place to happily knit when I need to be there.

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Wow! Around here they charge about $90/hour for labor! Thank goodness we have a trustworthy, reliable mechanic because I don’t know where I would take my car if he were to retire.

Comment by Jody 09.28.17 @ 12:32 am

I am lucky enough to have my own in-house mechanic, but sometimes tire purchase time requires a visit to the waiting area. Sounds like you have definitely chosen well with these guys, honest and they also appreciate fine crafting! ~chris

Comment by chris 09.28.17 @ 5:38 am

Sounds like a good morning all around: they have a new client, you have a new mechanic and they asked about your knitting!

Are you casting on a new gift today? hihihi

Comment by Suzanne in Montreal 09.28.17 @ 5:48 am

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