Over the past few weeks my truck has occasionally been stubborn about starting. I thought perhaps it was the battery, so two weeks ago, on my birthday, I bought a new one. Well, the new battery did not solve the problem. The truck still acted cranky. Last night, on the way home from the fights, I stopped to pick up some milk. After making my purchase I climbed in the truck and it would not start. Where it had been turning over after several tries, last night it absolutely refused.
I was standing in the Circle K parking lot with the hood up, trying to figure out what to do. To me it sounded like the starter wasn’t engaging, but there wasn’t much I could do about it. A good ol’ boy pulled up beside me, driving a little wreck of a Toyota. In the car with him was a big ol’ pit-bull. He asked if it was the battery and I told him I didn’t think so, and said I thought it was the starter. He got out of his car and said, “I’ll get you going, I promise. Let’s try to jump it first.”
I pulled out my jumper cables and we gave that a try. No luck. Then he proceeded to crawl under my oily old truck and tried banging on the starter, again to no avail. Then he tried to short the solenoid, but still no go. He then said that he never would leave a person stranded like that, and he had promised he would get me going, but since that wasn’t going to happen, he would use his little car to tow my truck home. He then drove me to my place, about two miles away, we got some rope, and then drove back to the truck. He tied my truck to his tiny car and we proceeded to do a poor-man’s tow, his little car was the engine and my truck was the brake.
We got the truck to my place, and exchanged information. I gave him all the cash I had in my wallet, which was ten bucks, and thanked him profusely for being so helpful.
You see, A.R.K. stands for Acts of Random Kindness. It was something my Mother had taught me, and yes, it did show up in the movie, “Evan Almighty,” though my Mom taught me about it decades before. I was very thankful for that grease monkey who came with the A.R.K..