Dear random guy who's in a relationship with someone I'm friends with on Facebook that is skilled in oil changing:

If there's one skill I wish I had in life, it would be to know how to change my own oil.

Admittedly, there are many thing's I'm good at, but when it comes to anything that involves automotive mechanics, I'm at a complete loss.

It was a Friday night around 6:30 PM when I had just realized that I was supped to get an oil change earlier that day. Immediately, I may have spoke a few words that should not be repeated in fear that I had missed the time frame to get one. I had a long drive to New York the next morning and my oil was old and of need of maintenance. As I was frantically googling mechanic shops, disappointment began to sink in. 

Unfortunately, it was too late, everywhere was booked or already closed.

I jumped onto my Facebook and sent out an S.O.S. to anybody who may have some kind of idea as to how I could resolve this situation I got myself into. Finally, after about 10 minutes of posting, a message came through, saving the day and my sanity:

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Gazelle/Townsquare Media

My friend's boyfriend, who has never met me before, who just worked a full day at work and probably had a really long week- agreed to change my oil on a Friday night at 7:30 when he clearly could have been doing better things.

As he topped off the oil and double checked everything to make sure my ride was safe for the trip, I paid him (even though he told me not to worry about it), shook his hand and was on my way.

His name is Thomas Brownell from New Bedford and the reason I share this story with you is simply because these days, kindness is a rare sighting. People are so caught up in their own lives that they barely have time for others (also guilty of this).

Thanks to Brownie (as his friends call him), not only did I have a fresh running motor, I also gained a new friend.

I will always be appreciative of you and your selflessness to help others when they are in need, even if it's something as odd as an oil change. Cheers to you, my friend, the world needs more "Brownies" in it.

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