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Great experience with an old guy from work, took him for a ride.

Old 05-17-2019, 08:24 PM
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I rarely drive my Camaro to work but I did today. The employee parking area is at the back of the offices. I have had a lot of compliments about the car from employees but today was the best one. We have an old guy that has worked for the company for 40+ years and he is not in good health. He pushes a cart around and empties everyone's garbage cans and does some other light duty stuff. He had a pace maker put in about 3 months ago and hasn't felt good since so he moves pretty slow. He never had any children and his wife died less than a year ago so he is totally alone. He keeps working because it's really all he has left in his life and everyone at work treats him extremely well.

Today he comes into my office and asks "is that your black Camaro?".....I immediately thought he must have hit it. His car is in bad shape and I don't think you could throw a stick and NOT something that is damaged so I just figured he must have hit my car since I park it at the far end of the lot. I just looked at him and waited for him to tell me how much damage he did. Ended up that he just wanted to tell me how awesome my car was, his words "it's the most gorgeous car he has ever seen!"

He started to tell me about his younger years and his love for muscle cars so I asked if he wanted to check out my car more so he said yes immediately. I opened the drivers door and told him to get in to see how it feels, it was the first time I have seen him smile in months. He wanted to see under the hood so I showed him the customizing I had done to the engine and the airbrushed painting that was on the hood liner. I asked if he wanted to go for a ride and he said he should get back to work.....but what the hell. I took him on about a 10 minute drive, did a couple of burn outs in the Walmart parking lot and did some fishtail turns. There is an old industrial park a few miles from the office so I headed over and found the area was totally abandoned so I asked if he wanted to see how quick I could get to 100MPH, he smiled and I floored it. He counted out loud and got to 7 and I yelled 100MPH and only in 3rd gear. He was just saying "wow wow wow" he was having a blast.

We got back to the office and thanked me over and over and said it brought him back to his youth if only for a little while. He had a perma grin and his eyes were glossy like he was about to cry. He told everyone in the company about his ride and then they all came up to me to tell me how happy I made him. You just never know how something simple that can have such a big influence to someone else's life.
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Old 05-17-2019, 08:31 PM
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We all need to make someones day every day. Great job Russ.
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Old 05-17-2019, 08:35 PM
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Great job! Such a feel good story!
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Well done, Russ.

Made his day (or year) and cemented your cred in the office.
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Absolutely feel good story - you gave new life to a guy who needed a little smile on his face and some burnt rubber in his nose to bring back the memories!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good on you, man!

(Never realized a Camaro could do 100mph - even in 6th gear, even at Bonneville?)




















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Straight up cool , although I’m a old school challenger guy myself
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Old 05-18-2019, 02:25 AM
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You ask him before he stepped in if that recent pacemaker came with an internal defibrillator??

Good job Russ.

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... and then Russ promptly fired him for taking a twenty minute, unauthorized break. People need to learn life lessons. I'm sure he'll land on his feet somewhere.
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Damn, I want a ride in your Camaro Russ!!! Sometimes it's the simple things in life that bring the most Joy.
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Originally Posted by RussH View Post
Fire someone, where did that come from? I am at the bottom of the food chain at work and I don't have the authority to do anything. I have no one that works under me.

Why would you even say something so shitty?
joking...
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Good job! Bucket list complete!
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Russ, from most of your stories I thought it would end with him dying in the passenger seat and pee’d an pooped himself now I can’t get the smell out any ideas?


It’s always nice to go out of your way to make somebody happy who actually appreciates it. Good job.
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Great story, and great job. With just a little effort you brought someone joy.
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A ton of good carma coming your way.
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Great story Russ.
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Great story, nice job man!
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Ugh, damn allergies.
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Great story.
Cant believe it hasn’t been asked yet - pic of car?
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