I was tooling along Princess Margaret Drive in Belize City recently when I heard a repeated scraping sound as my little Nissan surmounted speed bump after speed bump.
Following the policy of “ignore it and it will stop,” I kept driving. Just as I passed the entrance to Marion Jones Stadium I heard a clanging, and glimpsed my muffler rolling to a stop on the road side.
Allow me to explain how you can handle this situation if it happens to you:
1. Get out of your car and retrieve said muffler when there is a break in traffic. Stow it in the trunk.
2. Drive to your mechanic George who, with a good-natured chuckle says, “You need a new muffler.”
3. Get referred by George to a “bally ‘pon Cran Street,” who does mufflers.
4. Crawl along Cran Street around 9 a.m. looking for signs of a mechanic. Because you have no muffler, the bally and his colleagues hear you coming and wave you down. (See photos of premises below).
5. Show William and Jerome your muffler, which William measures.
6. Learn you will need an 18-inch muffler from Westrac. Call ahead to find out if they have it and how much it costs: $58
7. Drive (loudly) to Westrac on your lunch break and buy the muffler.
8. Return to William’s place the next morning for the procedure.
9. Sit in waiting area to watch (see photo below). There are a lot of sparks involved.
The waiting area (above)