Everyone needs a rescue from time to time. But let me begin this little tale with some backstory... I was in Wenatchee a couple of weeks ago to teach a clock hour class. It’s just before noon on Wednesday, May 25th when I arrive to meet fellow co-worker and friend, Mike Leeds.
Mike has been with First American Title a year this month. He’s a great guy, a wonderful collaborator, and a super welcome addition to our team. Funny, wherever we go, be it lunch, a store, or walking down the street, we run into someone he knows!
So Mike and I head west up Highway 2 about 23 miles to Leavenworth. Washington’s little Bavarian village in the Cascade Mountains. We’re making a few calls so I can meet clients, delivering a couple of commission checks (always a welcome call with smiles) and enjoying some time together to catch up on things, talk about marketing, and our class on Thursday.
We pull into our first stop and while we’re doing a quick review of the itinerary Mike’s car dies in the parking lot. He tries several times to start it, but no go, it’s dead. Mike makes a heads up call to his wife Kaylene, then his mechanic, and thank goodness Leavenworth is walkable. We make our stops and about 30 minutes later here comes Russ from Cashmere to our rescue! Yay!
Russ is one of those friendly ‘salt of the earth’ kinda guys who instantly has everything under control. Within a few minutes he’s got the car on the flatbed and we’re on our way back to Wenatchee. Russ is also a great storyteller and he keeps us more than entertained about his adventures like working on the wind farms at Vantage and deep sea dive welding off the coast of Alaska.
He’s been all over the world doing construction and he owned his own hydraulics business (his passion) until like many he went bust in 2009 when the economy bubble burst. But Russ is no quitter. He's a fighter from the get go and now driving a towing truck he's working his way back to the profession he loves. Bless you Russ! I wish you well and every success!
I can’t begin to express how much a day like this one impresses me. More and more as I go through life I realize how precious it is to be connected to networks (like Activerain!) and how wonderful it is that friends have friends who show up when you’re in need.
We all need a rescue from time to time. Thanks again Russ!
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