Always met the best people passing through IA. Friendly, down-to-earth, & hard working - my kind of people.
While filling up my '72 El Camino at a gas station a ways off I-80 back in '01, I had a younger guy approach me with $3 in his hand, extending it to me. Being a city slicker, I was in high alert, ready for anything to happen. I was totally confused, and must've shown it on my face (wish that was caught on tape
) - I couldn't even ask, "WTF is this???" LOL. He just looked at me, and told me to "Love Jesus man. Love Jesus". I was taken aback - I'll never forget that as long as I live. Pretty cool way to get the message out.
I certainly looked like I needed saving at that time (and I did ...), so I'm not surprised he singled me out.
As I walked into the station to pay after that encounter, there were a group of guys in there having a discussion over what year my El Camino was. Everybody was right - they all said '71 or '72. Reason being was I had '71 front turn signal lens assemblies on, so that threw people who know these cars. When I said '72, it was like a Wheel of Fortune audience, "OOOOOH! I knew it!" Everyone was SUPER friendly - complimented me on my car with smiles, and I was on my way. Another great experience.