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» Why do car mechanics act like I’m crazy when I describe engine trouble?
That last one happens every time I take the car in for service. They ask what the problem is and I tell them — sometimes with sound effects, sometimes with gestures — and get a condescending sneer for my trouble. Why is that? I enunciate clearly. I don’t wear a tinfoil helmet. I’m not agitated. What am I doing wrong?
Take this morning. I took the car in and turned the keys over to the service manager at his little podium or throne or whatever it’s called. When he asked what the problem was, I explained the check engine light had come on and the car seemed to chug, especially at an idle. You could feel the chugging at stoplights, I said, the car bounced. Then I imitated the engine.
And there it was, the sneer. He turned to a co-worker, handed him the keys, and announced “it bounces.” It was the way he said bounces that chapped my ass; he said it with a damn lilt in his voice. But it did, the car bounced, should I not have mentioned that? Should I not have imitated the vroom … vroom … cough … splutter .. vroom noises?
You know, maybe I should cut out the sound effects. Or sell the car and ride the bus, just avoid mechanics altogether. Although I’ll have to go back at least one more time — so they can soak me for every penny I have. Plus some.
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