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Community News Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, July 31, 1997 23 Amargosa Valley to Viq:torville via Baker The phone can not ring Sunday morning, it is forbidden. This is our morning. With a clangorous shrill scream the bedside phone rips us from the tender attentions of the sand man. Shirley gropes the receiver from the hook and mutters a very insincere "Good morning." She rolls over and hands me the instrument and says, "It sounds like film business." tools and equipment in it to build a small car, so I fired up and headed for the Greek. The motorhome was parked across the street with a sure enough flat on the trailer. I found Kirby inside and downed a coffee while waiting for him to finish breakfast. Naturally Jim and Kirby are top merchanics so they didn't have tire tool one on the race trailer. No problem I fire up my bubbling In The Thermometer's Shadow  I set the floor jack under the apPYatnhblatffttam YhUelr I by Mike Dougherty  l]rplt'h:nndhdandIrby had tl2e "Howdy, Mike speaking," --   ! tire off in a jiff. Tire was terminal. into the hated telephone. Oh Oh, it's Jim Hale calling from ] i The whole tire had just broken in- Victorville. This could well be serious stuff. I'd last seen Jim at [ : :. iii! temally and some of the sidewall . iii .: :,.,.::ii, " W " a.m. pulhng out of my yard towmg my dune buggy. Jim L :::: had spht a ay. Very fortunate it Im)uldn't call if it wasn't important. I wake up fast.  -- happened in Baker and not at the ,qF Jim and his family live a hundred miles south of us in south end of Death Valley. Victorville, Calif. I met Jim several years ago at the dunes and We took the busted tire down to Baker Truck Service at the over time have gotten to know him and the family. Jim owns High Desert Engineering and does a lot of custom dune buggy and race car building. He's saved my bacon more times than I can remember. Jim and his son, Mike, are into racing sand buggies and ATVs (4 wheel motorcycles). They race both in Southern California and up in the Amargosa Valley. I believe there's a sand drag strip up there. They had just returned from a weekend of dragging in the dirt up in Amargosa. Earlier, I had asked Jim to work on my buggy while I was gone on vacation. We had arranged for him to pick up my buggy on the return from Amargosa racing and haul it to his shop in Victorville. We met at 3 a.m. in Baker and after pie and coffee and a proud look at the trophys they'd won, Mike, Jim and I hooked my buggy behind his truck and at 5 a.m. they were pulling out of my drive in the first light of the new day. Now Jim is on the phone and it can't be good news. It isn't. Jim's friend Kirby was returning from Amargosa in Jim's motorhome towing the race car and a pair of ATVs. According to Jim, Kerby had a flat, was parked near the Mad Greek, and could I check it out and see what was needed. No question. I cut Jim short and told him I'd call back. I pulled on my boots while beloved bride declined my invitation for a little early morning adventure. The Trooper has enough Around Amargosa with Andrea by Andrea Lynn west end of town. The official verdict was definately kaput. A new tire was priced and call was made to Jim to see what he wanted to do. No dummy Jim, he knows he can get the tire $30 cheaper in Victorville. However, in oi'der to enjoy this savings, a round trip of 200 miles must be made and approximately six hours expended. Jim Hale quickly decides a new tire in Baker is the best deal around and says to get it done. Fifteen minutes later the good folks at Baker Truck Service have the new tire mounted and Kirby and I are back at the race car trailer installing the new rubber. Payment was no problem, I used my plastic and Jim will just knock it off of my dune buggy bill. An hour after the first phone call, Kirby is back on the road heading home with his load of racing machinery and rm on my way home for the day's first nap. A simple story? No excitement? Yes, and that's the whole point. Stranded in a small desert town a hundred miles from home. No money. It's Sunday. Probably not even a way to prove permission to drive the motorhome. Baker is choked with crowds of weekend tourists and being broke down in Baker can he a pure disaster drenched in frustration. Jim could have found an ATM, bought a new tire and hauled it to Baker. He could maybe have dismounted and mounted the new tire and with luck he home the next day if he didn't get Congratulations to nw grandparents Roger and Sandy Bright! Their son Steve and his wife Becky brought Bre-Ann Louise into the world July 1, 1997 at 12 noon. She weighed six pounds, 9 1/2 ounces and was 19 inches. Steve and his sister Sherrie both went to school in Amargosa. Steve is now serving in the Army at Hunter Army Base, Richmond Hills, Ga. Grandma Sandy was able to spend two enjoyable weeks with the new baby. The Annual Ice Cream Sunday and Swap Meet is Sunday August 10. Tables are $5 and you can contact Marie Reagle at 372-5655 or 372-5413 to reserve one. A Sweet Shoppe will he set up for those who would like to take some goodies home with them. The seniors also have a pie and bake sale every Thursday night at the Senior center. You may call ahead and order pies ancl jumbo cinnamon rolls from Mike at 372-5413. Vacation "Bible School will be held the week of August 11 from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Amargosa Christian Fellowship. All kids from pre-school to sixth grade are welcome. The name of this year's VBS is Sunrise Balloon Adventure. Come join in the fun with lots of songs, games, crafts, bible stories and skits. Call Marie at 372-5418 if you have any questions. q " Orlental Futons Furniture Gifts A Beautiful... 1997 Oriental Calendar!! & a Letter Opener!! To get your free. 1997 calendar & Oriental i Letter Opener, just make a purchase. &| present this gift coupon!! Hurry upiI First| come first served, no rain checks, please!! -- ][ . " .... e!! MANDARIN IMPORTS 2167 N. Decatur 702-646-1818 / impounded for blocking the street across from the Mad Greek. It could happen. Instead, Jim made one call to a local fellow he'd been doing business with. Everything got easy. The problem just disap- peared and everything ran smooth as silk. I didn't do anything heroic. I took Kirby around and introduced him to Baker Truck Service, I loaned him a few tools, and put the price of one tire on my plastic at absolutely no risk. IfI was really good at this, I wouldn't have had to get out of bed. The desert is a very small town In Victorville or Amargosa Valley, if you're a good person there's folks that know it. A stranger in a strange town found helping friends because that's just the kind of place our desert is. I would expect exactly the same if I broke down in Beatty. Service Forum GOOD OLE BOBS 500 raised print cards Choice of Designs 3 colors ink, Only $14.95 Engraved Name Tags Clubs, Imaumnt, any place be called by name - Stop that "Hcy You" Prices Start ,t only $11.50 u. Good Ole' Bob 727-6222 "AAUCT00ION Oakridge Landing Fishing Ponds . Pahrump, Nevada TOOLS Craftsman Bench Grinder 3 Metal Workshop Cabinets Weedeaters, Oilers & Sprayers Jet Torch Kit Metal Extension Ladders Metal Folding Ladders Wheel Barrow qvo Lawn Mowers Many Assorted Hand Tools Copper Tubing Many Shovels Picks & Rakes Post Hole Digger Four 50-gallon Metal Garbage Cans Ammunition Boxes Tool Boxes Planers Hack Saws TOOLS (Cont.) 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