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A View from the Altar / Car customer
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Car customer

I was trying to sell a Ford Escort station wagon back in the days when you had to go to the newspaper office, buy a two-dollar classified ad, then wait for phone calls about it.  By and by a guy called and came to check out the car.  He brought his wife along, a scraggly little woman who looked like Granny Clampett at age 30.

After looking under the hood, he wanted to drive it around the block with me along to answer questions.  “No problem,” I said.  “Here’s the key.”  I got in the passenger seat, and he drove a few miles without uttering a word.

After a while he finally said, “I guess you noticed I’m being silent.”

“Yes, I just thought you didn’t have any questions about the car.”

He turned his face my direction, tilted his head back and narrowed his eyes.  “For all I know you could be a prophet, ” and gesturing broadly to the world he continued, “One wrong word to a prophet, and the whole thing comes down.”

When we were back at my house, he pulled out a roll of cash and bought the car.

otherbrothersteve@gmail.com

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