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Make A Camaro Go Go  

, , , , | Right | February 28, 2020

I am female. For a few years, I drove and maintained a friend’s Camaro. I learned the hard way that you don’t go through puddles at any decent rate of speed or the distributor gets wet and the car quits. My friend was driving when we learned that bit.

Fast forward a few years to a rainstorm with huge puddles. Looking out the window at the upholstery shop I work at, I see a Camaro taking our puddle-ridden alley far too fast for current conditions. I turn to my boss.

Me:
“I bet you that in five minutes that guy’ll be at the door asking to use the phone to call AAA.”

Boss:
“You’re on.”

I gather a screwdriver, paper towels, and my flashlight and umbrella to be ready.

Guy:
“Hey, can I use your phone? My car just quit.”

Me:
“Let me have a look at it before you make the call.”

The guy is reluctant; after all, he’s a guy, and I’m a raggedy woman in an upholstery shop.

Boss:
“What do you lose? Five minutes? She might even fix it.”

The guy and I slosh down the alley to his car, and yup, it’s dead in the water (pun intended) right past an enormous puddle.

Me:
“Pop the hood, please.”

He does.

Me:
“Hold the umbrella for me?”

I open the distributor and sop up all the water. Good thing I brought the whole roll of towels. I put it back together and close the hood.

Me:
“Try it now.”

Skeptical, he hops in and turns the key. The car goes VROOM!

Guy:
*Awed voice* “What are you, some kind of wizard mechanic?”

Me:
“Go very slowly through the rest of the puddles, or else the distributor will get wet and the car will quit again.”

Guy:
“Okay.”

He headed off at a truly leisurely pace and made it past all the puddles in the alleyway. I was wearing the biggest grin as I splashed back to the shop.