Looking around the city of Lagos alone, one could argue that Lagosians lack a maintenance culture. Though, the federal government in August 2012 decided to maintain/repair expansion joints of the heavily strained Third Mainland bridge – the longest bridge in Africa (and spent an estimated N1.5billion/$10m in the process). I could question the bill but I applaud their efforts in preventing a full-scale disaster Hollywood style. Now, let’s come away from my government and focus on little old me who decided to service my car like I usually do every 3 months…and still paid the price for it not long after plying third mainland bridge.
My car was in a fine working state 3 months prior to last Friday when I decided it was time to hand it over to my trusty mechanic I’ve been using for the last 4 years. I had been observing year on year that the rate of my bill increase was faster than the rate of inflation in the economy. I pretended not to notice. After all, he had been doing a good job thus far, that is, until last Sunday after I was heading out for my radio interview with ‘N6’ of Cool FM 96.9. The unthinkable happened while I was on third mainland bridge zooming at 120kph – the engine oil symbol began to flash repeatedly on my dashboard accompanied with a three-syllable beep – as if an airplane was about to nosedive into the lagoon below. I was terrified and I just kept driving and praying that my car wouldn’t stop in the middle of the bridge. I was also thinking of how good it would feel to strangle my mechanic whom I suspect of some foul play.
My prayers were answered alright – my car didn’t stop on the bridge but the car went off and was just rolling as I descended at the end (so it’s true what they say, ‘Be careful what you wish for!’). I was fortunate enough to solicit the help of some nearby military men…well, I was on their turf anyway. My car was pushed of the main road while I took a taxi to the radio station. By the time I got back an hour or so later I arranged for AA Rescue to pick up car close to the Muson Centre (a popular recreational spot for hosting big events like ‘big-shot’ weddings). They were fast, professional and reliable to say the least. I had paid the annual subscription and never thought I’d need to have my car towed. I didn’t pay a dime extra plus I hitched a ride home in the tow truck; win-win!
Speaking of paying, I haven’t paid my mechanic for the crappy-near-death-service job (my sweet girlfriend dropped me off at work today, God bless her). So my dear readers and fans, I’m putting the power in your hands. For one time only I want you to decide whether or not I pay my mechanic at all for the service rendered. The results of this poll will be announced hopefully by Wednesday so place your votes, thanks 😛