Passing the entrance of Jackson Auto Service and Towing, I spot two or three wreaths of flowers/foliage on stands, several sympathy baskets, and bows and roses. Has a mechanic died? It is sad for even a mechanic to die, and particularly one that works at this establishment, which on the street has a reputation for honesty and good service. I enter the joint and meet Peter...


The handsome mechanic corrects my first impression: not a funeral but a celebration. Peter is the new owner of the joint. There is also a plate of sliced oranges on the table in the office space. A bulging Buddha smiles above him. Clanging is everywhere. People are busy, damn it. Peter is one happy chap.

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