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January 16, 2002
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When I was 21, I lived in England and had a best friend that was 86. I met her when she had a black out in the village square. I helped her get home and we were close for three years after that...until she died. I was an angry street kid and she was a survivor of the Nazi bombings on Britain during WWII. She had no family left...and she managed to survive alone all of those years...! She had WONDERFUL stories to tell me about her life everyday. She was very poor and hardly ate anything...we became symbiotic. I bought groceries, she cooked, we cleaned together as she told a story. She had fewer "blackouts" and was able to get around without using her cane as much...and my gritty anger softened. If I got excited about something at 2am, I could go to her house and she would ALWAYS be glad to see me! I never had that before her. I used to be a backyard mechanic bask then...and I rebuilt a Triumph Spitfire convertable...and the first thing I did was go to her house to take her for the "first spin." She told me that my car was "like a pony and trap!" I had to ask her what that was....:) I so enjoy my memories of us flying low in the English countryside with the top down...in Buckinghamshire. We even stopped in a farmer's field to have tea...until we saw his frail form starting to climb on his tractor to come and get us...then we beat it out of there fast!

The actress Ruth Gordon of the movie "Harold and Maude" reminds me of her. They are very nearly the exact same age, in fact.

The neighbors we uncomfortable with us for some reason. They called her "Mrs. Chatterbox" because she loved telling stories...and I was "the Cough Drop" because I drank whole pints of lager (very unlady-like) and fixed car engines...and was a jet airplane electronics (avionics) technician then.

Someday...I keep saying...I will write my story about our friendship.... It was so magical.

January 16, 2002
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very heartwarming

January 16, 2002
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I don't own it anymore! This was 20 years ago and cars aren't as mechanical anymore.

January 16, 2002
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And I got the Spitfire as junk for 500 pounds. I rebuilt the engine...cleaning everything out and replacing the worn parts from other junk...I got the engine going well...but then the rear axle differential started wearing out with my fast driving...inspite of oiling and re-oiling. This produces a loud humming sound starting at about 40mph and gets louder with acceleration. I ended up just selling that car for four times what I paid for it and getting an MG.

January 16, 2002
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Hey, I am having trouble with my truck. wanna have a look? it is a piece of crap dodge dakota.

January 16, 2002
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Go find a good mechanic! ehehehe!

January 16, 2002
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lol My good friend/companion Booker is and he helps me with it. I just had the transmission rebuilt a few months ago. But not by booker, he does not do transmissions, a good friend of his and mine did it for me. Very very grateful, for them.

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