Okay, the Jeep is spending the week away from home…

“The axle definitely, the steering linkage probably, then tell me what you’ve already cost me and we’ll see what we can do about the engine.”

Neighbor L is going to the big town about 50 miles away on Thursday to get her kneecap screwed and wired back together. D wanted to make sure I’d be available to feed horses, and I said sure, no problem.

“I’ll have to walk, though.” That’s when I told him, when we got together to go to town this morning, that I had the part I’d been waiting for and needed to take the Jeep to the shop. Walking to his place is no problem, I used to do it for pleasure, but the round trip is a pretty good hike.

“Can you drive a stick?”

“Sure I can drive a stick. Why?”


Bless his heart, he lent me his Jeep. Not for keepsies or anything, just through Thursday. But it’s that much less walking I need to do.

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13 Responses to Okay, the Jeep is spending the week away from home…

  1. Ben says:

    I love when a problem seems to.melt away.. Good luck with the Jeep doctor.

  2. Claire says:

    You have great neighbors. You’ve EARNED great neighbors. I’ve been kind of wondering when somebody might help you out with vehicle problems.

    Please give my best to L. Knee injuries are toughies. I gave my left knee a good smack on a motorcycle when I was in my 20s and that knee could predict the weather for the next 10 years. (I suspect you know all about that sort of thing, of course.)

  3. Judy says:

    Bless him! You have good people around you.

  4. coloradohermit says:

    Adding another cheer for your neighbors! Good thoughts up for L that things go well and heal quickly.

  5. terrapod says:

    Good luck happens to you when you least expect it, of course, hard work and good neighbors help it along. Excellent short term solution. Now to see if the yellow Jeep mechanic is worth his salt..

  6. Mark Matis says:

    Be sure to let us know if the repairs cost more than you expected.

  7. Mike says:

    Well this certainly is a ray of good news on a cloudy day. You have a real good neighbor for lending you wheels. I hope that neighbor L’s surgery goes OK and the surgery on the jeep goes OK too.

  8. Ben says:

    I am so sorry to hear about L’s injury, but you do really have some amazing neighbors. That Gulch neighborliness is at least partly a bow to necessity, because life in the hinterlands can get dangerous and complicated, and that makes neighborly cooperation a survival skill. Where I live I barely know my neighbors, and that’s at least partly because in our world we don’t really need each other. And we are poorer for that!

    Also, take a lesson from L’s accident. I have had more than one friend break bones by tripping over a pet. In later years, hip bones become more fragile, and a broken hip can be a life-ending event.

  9. Mark Matis says:

    Never fear, Ben. TB knows that a falling Joel can squash his sorry ass. So whilst he may dance enthusiastically, he does his best to stay out from truly underfoot…

  10. Joel says:

    a broken hip can be a life-ending event.

    A lesson my father taught me three years ago, by dying in just that way. The next year I took a (not life-ending) fall that tore up a shoulder and from which I’ve about given up on ever fully recovering. Since then I have grown much more conscious of slipping hazards and preventing falls. L’s sudden broken knee inside her own house did nothing to make the issue seem less important.

  11. Zelda says:

    I lost a long time dear friend in June to a fall and two broken hips.

  12. mattexian says:

    I’d love to have a Jeep one day, but it seems like all the ones around here are parking lot princesses and in clubs for it, which all require more money than this cracker’s got.

  13. Mark Matis says:

    Did you check that Autotempest link in the other post, mattexian?

To the stake with the heretic!