We went on a boat ride to our car on our neighbouring island yesterday. Had to unload it from Sal’s latest trip to town. About 500 pounds. One hundred and twenty five of which was dog food.
While doing so, I noticed that the back right tire was dangerously low. “Unh, Sal, we gotta go get the little compressor on our island vehicle.” So, we got in the boat, went back over to Read to another parking lot and picked up the compressor. Lo and behold, there was a load of donated food that had just come in (one of our residents supports the home care team by picking up stale-dated donations). So we grabbed some, jumped back in the boat and distributed it to a couple of old bachelors nearby (one guy seems to eat ONLY bread). And then, with the little compressor, we went by boat back to the car on the other island.
When we landed there were some folks (tourists) looking at stuff, the view, the ocean and us two old geezers with two humungous dogs docking a charming little boat loaded to the gunwales. Cameras clicked. Compliments ensued. Jokes were cracked. We usually stop whatever we are doing to let ’em ask all the typical tourist questions. And, while I was being Mr. Public Relations for OTG, Sal went up and brought the Pathfinder down the hill to pump the tire up. We then got to it and it turns out the compressor was broken. That was a smidge disturbing. We are twenty miles out the old logging road. The temp is dropping like a stone and one tire is nearly flat.
Tourists: “You guys OK? Need a hand?”
“Not unless you’re carrying a tire inflating mini compressor.” said Sally.
“We are. I’ll get it”.
Sarah and Andy are from Montana. We chatted while I filled the tire. Ten minutes later we were all on our way. We met in the forest twenty miles from nowhere but near a dock. Turns out we had a lot in common. Travels to the same countries and even sympatico on US politics. And, their dog’s name is Daisy, too. Serendipitous.
Then Sally and I headed for home to unload 1/4 ton of goods and stuff….including a lot of wine. It was cold, bright, sunny and practically a flat calm. We did a good deed. Received a good deed. Got some things done. The dogs had a great time. The larder is somewhat restored and we met a couple of nice ‘Mericans from Montana. Oh yeah, and on our way home we were greeted by a huge sea lion.
No sign of Murphy.
The Jam side down rule!
The JSD rule is usually more reliable than ‘plan A’, that’s for sure. Murphy usually rules the day.
But yesterday was the exception. EVERYTHING worked out. Who woulda thunk?
Sometimes it all works out! Murphy’s Law and the jsd rule are usually pretty close!
Why does a tourist carry around a mini compressor?
I do not know why, exactly, for most people but it is common for off-roaders. We have one for the island car because flat tires are common from non-use and there is no facility you don’t bring with you. Sarah and Andy were on a long road trip and may have just picked one up for the same reason. I have always considered it an odd accessory until the first time I needed it. Now, it is essential.
Not a bad “tool” to have in the auto when driving logging roads in Canada….especially when you’re a tourist.