If you haven't read the story STOP HERE, DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER and go read it. This is not any fun if you get the answer first...
I'm having to work hard to fool people. Don't you guys trust me??? A lot of folks thought I made this whole thing up.
There were two guesses that I thought was closest to the truth:
Uh... it's a wonderfully written story. I enjoyed reading it and laughed a lot. I'm gonna say it's a total fabrication by a very creative guy. Part of my reasoning is that I'm not sure you'd spend the money on a Hummer with bad gas mileage these days. Then again, perhaps the story happened to someone else, with a few embellishments. Not sure. I did enjoy it, though.
The reason I thought Krystal got close is because she mentioned that "maybe it happened to someone else with a few embellishments."
Hewett Happenings said...
Ok, here's my try. Test drive - true. Dealership telling you to test it - not true. Doing this with company's hummer - probably so. Extension cord - true. $20 to clean all mud - true. Ruining engine because intake cover off - true. Brake line - true. Off-roading on the sidewalk - true. HS boys giving you props - true.
Hewett Happenings guessed everything as true except the dealer saying "test it out" which was actually true. Evidently, they have a high opinion of my propensity for adventure (or stupidity).
Close guesses. Here's the truth:
- We did have a magazine, and we did buy a Hummer to wrap in graphics. The picture below is a concept graphic I did for the wrap company.
- The basic story DID HAPPEN, but not to me. It happened to another guy at the magazine. The main events are true: loaner Hummer, getting stuck in the mud, the engine getting mud in it, extension cord and the brake lines draining.
- I was NOT present or part of the events and heard the story told one time a few years ago.
- I took the basic premise of the story and made up the details, locations, names and descriptions. I'm not sure how much of it is my accurate memory of the story, or my own embellishment. It's been too long since I heard the story told. Either way, it was fun to write.
Summary: it was based on a true event many years ago that I was not part of. I dressed it up with my own imagination to make it sound like it happened to me.
What's fun for more is reading in comments about the MISTAKES I make in the story. Several commenters caught little details that were inaccurate, improbable or couldn't have been true. I like reading those because it makes me BETTER for next time.