One of the best things about owning an auto repair business on a busy state road is meeting so many interesting people.
I especially enjoy when customers decide to wait for their vehicles while we perform a quick repair such as an oil change or tire repair. My work area is part of the front office where we also have a waiting room. Our customers are offered coffee, tea, and snacks while they wait.
I usually try to engage in idle chit-chat to help their waiting time pass quickly. Through the years I've had the pleasure of speaking to some very interesting people with some very interesting stories to tell.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting and spending approximately thirty minutes with a young man who grew up in Russia. His family moved to the US about ten years ago. This young man works with his father as a dog and cat trainer and together they perform with the circus.
As soon as he told me his occupation, a huge smile spread across my face. I could almost smell the peanuts and cotton candy and I swear I heard the trumpeting of an elephant.
"How exciting!" I said and meant it. "Almost every child dreams of joing the circus."
"I just returned from Hong Kong. I also perform solo. I juggle and do manipulations," he told me. His Russian accent evoked images of colorful domed palaces.
When he saw my confusion at his juggling description, he showed me a video from YouTube on his phone. I was very impressed, but then again, celebrities of any kind leave me star-struck.
Perhaps some day, I'll be a celebrity in the literary world and I'll have a story to tell someone.
Have you ever met and talked to a celebrity?