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Tuesday, May 12, 2009



I turned around because I had walked out of my office and into the shop without noticing a young guy standing on the sidewalk looking in.

“Hi, can I help you?”

“I need you to change the tires on my car to the different rims I bought. How much?”

“Sorry, Sir, I don’t do tires here. Big O tire is just down the…”

“They charge too much. What do you do here?”

“General repair of American and Asian cars and light trucks,” I reply, wondering what I spent all that money on my building sign when no one reads it anyway. “I don’t do alignments or tires here because I can’t compete with the tire shops. I’d be much more expensive than Big O.”

“I have a busted bike carrier. How much to weld it up?”

“I don’t do general purpose welding. I only weld if I need to on a job and I don’t do custom welding on vehicle additions.”

“Damn!” The man chuckles, his shoulders jerking annoyingly as he makes a snorting sound while trying to think up something else I don’t do. “How much to do an oil change on a 93’ Ford Ranger?”

I tell him and watch as his head cocks off to the side with a twisted expression of amazement on his face. It is not an attractive look for him.

“I can get it done for less than half that.”

“Okay. Anything else I can help you with?”

“You didn’t help with anything yet.”

I shrug. “Sometimes it works out that way. It’s only Tuesday. Maybe I’ll have better luck later in the week.”

He gives me another annoying snort and walks away.

Finally, an amusing encounter to write up. :)

My buddy sent me a few more Jack Bauer jokes.

1. Jack Bauer shot Helen Keller in the knee to make her talk.

2. Jack Bauer has been to Mars That’s why there’s no life on Mars.

3. Bullets don't kill Jack Bauer because they're afraid to.

4. You can lead a horse to water. Jack Bauer can make him drink. :)


Middle Ditch said...

Some people are blind as well as dumb. I like the Jack Bauer jokes.

BernardL said...

Thanks, MD. :)

Virginia Lady said...

Signs? What are those? Oh, something to read that tells us what the shop does? Wow, what a novel idea!

BernardL said...

I don't think I can afford a sign people would notice, VL. :)