Tuesday, July 19, 2016
The People We Meet
We meet a lot of different people from many different places and backgrounds. I always enjoy a good conversation and learning something new.
While in Kentucky my dad, Michelle and I went to the auto parts store to get a couple of things for Blue. While there this guy started talking to me. I told him we were getting things for my motorcycle and he went on about this car he was rebuilding. He asked if we wanted to go check it out. Since my dad was with us we said sure. So we followed him to a hanger on the outskirts of town. He had this old car he was rebuilding and showed us all the little parts and what was original and what he had to find to replace with original parts. It was looking pretty good. He even started up the motor that was just on the frame.
Also in the hanger was a biplane... The Triple Nickle. I was in awe. If you have been following my blog for a while you know that it is my dream to fly in an open cockpit biplane. I was pretty excited to see one up close. I didn't ask him for a ride but now I know where he is and hope I run into him again in town.
This is a picture of the Triple Nickle I got from the Internet.
He was retired but he use to build factory grade mixers. I guess he invented a new type of mixer that didn't brake where they usually broke... he showed us a picture and told us some of the factories around the country that use his mixer. It was pretty cool to learn about.
After a few hours of talking to this guy we headed home... We could of spent all day with him learning all types of stuff.
Then the next day Michelle and I went to town to ship a few things to New Hampshire for our summer gig. We went to this Insurance/UPS place (small town) and the guy who helped us ship started talking to us and I told him we were riding a motorcycle pulling a teardrop and heading to New Hampshire. Next thing we knew he took us to the garage behind the counter and showed us his old truck he was fixing up and telling us all about what he has done so far. Michelle and I just laughed... what are the odds??
On our way thru West Virginia we met the mayor of Albright WV who had followed us from Albright to the interstate just to talk to us. He told us how he had black lung disease and his doctor wrote a note saying riding his motorcycle at 80mph helps him breath... He even showed it to us. He talked to us for quite some time and while talking he started folding money. He pulled out what looked to be a check book but it was a book of dollar bills. He ripped one out and folded a shirt for me then he ripped another one out and made Michelle a heart.
He then told me to give Michelle the heart and to confess my love. Haha... I'm not sure but we may be married in the state of West Virginia.
I love meeting people and learning about what they love. These guys were all great. Michelle couldn't believe that people would just stop and talk to us and show us things like they do. Life is about sharing experiences and I love that I get glimpses from people I may never meet again. Life is good!