When I was first starting to drive, my family knew a man named Bill. Now Bill was pretty wild. He was an alcoholic and lived over on the east side. We think that he broke into the house one time and took some cash and other valuables, but there was no way to prove it.
I had just gotten my second car, an old 1964 Chevy Clunker that constantly was needing repair. A part of the suspension called a “pittman arm” had worn out. Bill was hanging round the house that day and volunteered to take me over to east St, Louis to the junkyards over there to see if they had the part.
There was only one problem. Bill was so drunk that he could hardly walk, let alone drive. We got into his old Pontiac and took off over the river. We must have been flying through the streets of east St. Louis at about 80 miles an hour. Finally he slowed down when he saw a couple of what must have been “ladies of the night” standing on a street corner.
He rolled down his window and offered them a shot of his whiskey. They, in turn, produced a joint. Bill winked at me and asked me if I’d like to have some fun. I said “No thanks.” I remember that the joint was purple.
We finally ended up at the junkyard. There was an old ambulance sitting at the entrance. I thought that I was surely going to need it before the day was through. Bill jumped out of the car and drove the ambulance wildly around the parking lot.
We then went inside where he asked the junkyard operator for an “armpit for a ’64 Chevy.” The man looked at him with a puzzled look. I siad that he meant a pittman arm. The man went in the back and brought out the part. Somehow, we made it back over the river and back to the house.
That was about the only experience that I’ve eve had at a junkyard, but according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, junkyards are doing a booming business since the implementation of the “Cash for Clunkers” program.
Congress is all set to add more money to the already hugely successful program in a few weeks and junkyards have reported a booming business in processing the old cars that have been turned in.
The program is supposed to help the more than 2000 auto workers in the state of Missouri by helping the car companies sell more cars.
The two Missouri senators have opposite opinions as to whether to pass the extension or not. The democrat, Claire McCaskill opposes it while the Republican, kit bond is all for it. It probably has enough support in the senate to pass.