Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Humans of Downey - Ramon


"My very first car that I owned was a 1955 Dodge. I was 18 years old and I really needed a car to get me to my job as a dishwasher in Lakewood. I had just arrived in this country and I was walking from Compton to Lakewood for my job. But I found the route a little dangerous when walking, so I decided to get a car. So, I saved some of my wages little by little. One of my uncles told me about a lady that was selling her car. It was stored in her garage. It only had 45,000 miles on it and I bought it for $500. I liked the style, it was clean and it ran very smooth, like a clock. I also used it to take my girlfriend out on dates. Although, she wanted me to get a '55 Chevy. But I still married her and we've been married 57 years.

"A family that we were friends with were having a party that I attended. Their neighbors, who had just come back from Tijuana, Mexico, were also at the party. They had gone to Tijuana to pick up a young lady they were hiring to be a nanny for their son. She had just come up from Guadalajara. When I saw 'my wife' come walking up the driveway, I had a feeling, 'This is going to be my wife.' So, I talked with the neighbors and arranged to take her out on a date. Then more dates and after two years, we got married."
~ Ramon

P.S. Ramon is standing next to his classic '60s Lincoln Towncar which he uncovered for me to look at the interior. It has only 36,000 miles.

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