Twin, meet your other Twin

About 10 years ago, I got a call from an elderly man in Sherman Oaks to change the clutch on his gold 1988 Honda Accord LX 4 door 5 Speed. Well, I went out and did the job for this very short man. Afterwards, he asked what I would recommend to help him sit up higher in his seat. I recommended getting a used drivers seat from a 1994 Honda Accord EX. This seat has a motor to raise and lower the seat height. He readily agreed and about a week later, I installed this seat. He was sitting up high and was delighted.

About 4 months later, I got a call from a man in Huntington Beach (with the same last name as the man in Sherman Oaks) who was having a clutch problem with his gold 1988 Honda Accord LX 4 door 5 speed. I went out to check out the car and met another very short man. I mentioned the man with the same last name in Sherman Oaks.

He looked very surprised and told me that it was his identical brother who he hadn’t seen in over 50 years. He said that they had an argument and hadn’t spoken in 50 years. And, that they both were living in Ohio at the time. This was the first time he had heard about him in all that time. I gave him the Sherman Oaks number and apparently he called, because later that day, the man in Sherman Oaks called me later and thanked me.

Last year I got a call from the customer in Huntington Beach, that his brother in Sherman Oaks had died of a massive heart attack. I went to visit the man in Huntington Beach the next day to offer my condolences. When I arrived at his house, the coroner was there taking him away. I asked what happened, and the coroner informed me that the gentleman had died of a massive heart attack.

I thought it very coincidental that two men, who hadn’t been in contact with each other for 50 years, end up in the same area of the country with IDENTICAL cars, with nearly IDENTICAL mileage, with IDENTICAL problems. And in the end, they both died within 24 hours of each other.

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