Easter Sunday morning; replacing the priest with the car mechanic

This morning on Easter Sunday we interviewed Luigi, our car mechanic. I had to replace Don Piero, “The Priest Interview” – a most beloved character, but due to dialect, age, etc, even the local I asked to transcribe, the woman who conducted the interview, after a few listens simply said, “no, impossible to understand, sorry…”

So Luigi, in my mind, was the right kind of replacement for my next book consisting of 12 interviews with 12 Piemontese. Cuz car mechanics are revered, not unlike the cars they fix, there’s idolization, and religion; they too are integral.

And Luigi is so likeable, very funny, and gregarious, this last trait slightly rare in the countryside; but then he’s from the city of Turin.

Luigi came to our home and we had a great interview…I did not know diesels were so loved by Italians; I have one, her name’s Helen, and she’s due for a tune-up.

Anyhow…thought I’d share because the event had serendipity, something I like to pass on….and before I go – Happy Easter!

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