was an errand day. Lots of stuff to deal with, bills to pay, Monday Night Football tickets to grab, an improptu visit to the safety deposit box, a trip to the post office. How was I to know that I would spend my day with new friends who would passionately serve me with skill, conviction, passion, sincerity and kindness?
My car stalled as I rounded the corner three blocks from my house. Gravity and creative maneuvering led me to the shoulder and I got on the phone to Triple A.
Within minutes a truck arrived to install a new battery. Mike, mid forties, African American
, noticed my disability and begin telling me about his wife's struggle with Cerebral Palsy. It turned out that he didn't have the 94R battery for my car, so he called me a tow truck. Our conversation quickly turned to his job, life's up and downs, the economy and politics.
He's a McCain guy and even though he lost his lucrative job at Federal Express due to a knee injury, he impressed on me the importance of a McCain victory for American prosperity both at home and abroad.Ben the tow guy
, pictured above, pulled up as Mike was leaving. After quelling my concerns about towing my car, we both jumped in his cab and took the seven mile trek up the freeway. On the radio, the latest stock market news killed our conversation. The Dow, down 360. We passed a car with an Obama bumper sticker and he said, "if the market isn't already bad enough, people want to elect that
guy? Some people are really dumb
Once my car began receiving the attention it deserved, my mechanic buddy Al
, a non-citizen, Hispanic and ineligible to vote, mentioned that he admired the kindness and the charity of Cindy McCain. "She brought that kid back from wherever, to give her a better life
," he said. "That's what America is all about. That's why I came here
Later, Ignacio, the service manager
, asked me if I'd seen the YouTube video of Obama claiming he'd visited "All 57 states.
" I smiled and invited him to to read this blog.
I opted to leave my car at the dealer overnight, so Jason, the 22 year old cool dude shuttle driver
, helped me run those errands I mentioned earlier. To the bank and to the post office we went, before he took me home. New to San Diego, he was telling me about all the things he's yet to do since he settled into his new place. Registering to vote is high on his list of priorities. I expected him to be an Obama supporter because of his age. He surprised me when he voiced support for McCain, his valor and his honesty. He also mentioned that his girlfriend is a big Sarah Palin fan.
My day was full of connecting and interacting with good and decent people, people with whom I would have easily categorized as unsophisticated, politically unaware, regular folks
. I never asked a single one of them about politics, or the presidential election. Yet, all of them offered up their opinions and expressed unbridled optimism and excitement about America's future and in so doing, voiced strong and unwavering support for John McCain. They helped me and inspired me, all at the same time.It was a great day