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Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, January 9, 1997 23 Community News Surviving the attack of the fire hydrant What's that noise? Maybe I ran over an ice chest. I can't let the Isuzu continue to look like a refugee from Maybe I crushed a tube of styrofoam cups. It's been a very long day. It's two weeks until Christmas and I've got a bit of work that will make for some very happy holidays. Long hard days, but good money. What was that crunching sound? Two hours after sundown. Back at the motel unloading men and equipment. Tired, stressed, grouchy. The Isuzu is pulled tight to the wall around the swimming pool while the passengers are off loading. The traffic in the courtyard is a mess. The catering truck is trying to crawl past the motor home. I ease the I , Isuzu to the right to get out of the way. Sounds like I ran over a cardboard box. Shouting. Pounding on ...... the side of the car. I don't want to hear it. I get out and check the off side of my rig. I've clipped a fire plug next to the wall of the swimming pool. At a speed slower that a walk, I've managed to grind the hydrant into both doors on the right side on my shiny new 1990 Isuzu. This is not a happy time. I manage to put up a brave face and not cry in public. The job will go on and I will not snivel. It works. In five minutes everyone has forgotten my minor in- discretion and business goes on while I limp home to lick my wounds. The damage to the brave little four by four is not terminal. One might say it merely looks like a pretty rough drunk bump. The car continues to perform its necessary chores and its looks suf- fer from the minor bump with the fire plug. To repair the damage presents a few problems. I can file a claim with the production company. They will no doubt pay, but it will always be known that I filed a claim for averY' avoidable accident brought about by carelessness on my part. This is not a reputation to which I aspire. I can file a claim with the owner of the motel for carelessly placing a fire hydrant. His insurance company would probably settle, but I would be asking a long time friend and business associate to accept the responsibility for my own personal stupidity. Not a very proud way to conduct business. I can file a clai.rn with my insurance company. I have $200 deductible which isn't too important, but the damage, if repaired in a regular shop, would probably run $3,000. This would be covered, but I would pay heavily increased premiums for the next three years. We carry several policies and this would be a significant amount of bucks. a bent door factory. Even ifI take it to aconventional shop, I'm without a 4x4 for a week or two out of business. I hate problems. Why did I ever grow up? Maybe I just go to Mexico and sit on the beach and drink tequila. Maybe I hide under the bed and the problem will go away. God bless Linda Shoemaker. Linda manages the motel. While explaining my problem to Linda and assuring her that there is no damage to the hydrant, she asks if I know Harold. Huh? Harold who? Linda explains that In The Thermometer's Shadow t by Mike Doughtery Hi Desert Hair Designs 727-0660 "l've managed to grind the hydrant into both doors on the right side on my shiny new1990 Isuzu " there's a fellow in town that does pretty good body work at a very reasonable price. He did some work for one of her clerks and he's restoring a fifth wheel trailer for her now out behind the motel and maybe I should talk to him. I ask around town about Harold. His reputation is solid. He's a bit of a loner, but he's honest and he doesn't drink. I check out some of the work he' done and it looks good. I go looking for Harold. One does not check the yellow pages to find this kind of craftsman. Harold turns out to be a personable fellow hard at work refurbishing a trailer. I stop by and we chat a bit. He says I need a new door. I know that and ex- plain a door alone is $650. Harold allows as that seems a might dear and says he'll fix the car for me and paint the repair in primer for a labor cost of $250. Materials will probably run another $30. I try not to jack the price up, but I make sure Harold is happy at that figure. We agree I can use the car during repairs if any fast jobs come up. I offer front money but Harold declines. I go home, empty the car of all my equip- ment and deliver the bent Isuzu to the tender mercies of Harold. I keep any reser- vation or doubts to myself, consider his reputation and his manner, and decide to trust him. A day or two later Harold asks a bit of money for ma- terials and a small advance for himself. 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He has kept tight financial records and every penny advanced is accounted for. I joyfully pay him, wish him a merry Christmas, and drive off in my freshened Isuzu just as proud as though it were brand new. Total cost: under $300. Very very inexpen- sive. I almost feel smart. Later I complete the painting with a few spray cans. Not exactly concours d'elegance, but passable. The proud little lsuzu is looking fine. Thanks to Harold, I survived the attack of the fire hydrant. Thanks Harold. i iii On your new business: Opening January 14th 9 a.m. Great location 1320 W. Mesquite and those hours 9 - S Tuesday - Friday, 9 -3 Saturday Evenings by appointment. How wonderful. See you there. Your friend, "Mona" ii ....... " " .... .I ' IIII r .... " III KHWK Radio From Pahrump to Bishop has you covered/ For the latest news, information and the finest music programming be sure to tune to KHWK, broadcasting from Tonopah. 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