On my way to the coffee shop, I found an angle parking spot half a block away. A car pulled in to the next spot simultaneously. As we both got out our eyes met and I saw the glorious mustache. Following a few steps behind, he obliged me by stepping into the coffee shop; all I had to do was follow. While on line, I introduced myself and made “the ask.” Jim was surprised, but totally cooperative and friendly.
Jim is originally from Syracuse, NY. He worked for Chrysler Corp., manufacturing drive trains and trans axles for Chrysler, Ford, GM, BMW and others. I had no idea that the other companies bought drive trains from Chrysler. Jim and his wife began Vacationing on nearby Siesta key in 1986. Nine years ago he retired and made the full time move.
We spoke while still indoors. I asked him to step into the doorway while I held it open. The geometry wasn't exactly as I preferred. I wound up outside, holding the door open with my foot, while Jim was a few steps inside. Sometimes you just have to work with what you get.