Tonight a few minutes after 8:00 pm the phone rang. Caller ID indicated a call originating from a different area code than ours and the caller was identified as “City Watch Alert.” I had never heard of it, but I decided to answer. A recorded voice said, “Please hold for an important message.” Just as I was about to hang up, I heard another voice mention a missing elderly gentleman missing from his home up the hill from us. He had been missing since 6:00 pm. The weather is nasty—rainy and cold—and he was described as being 79 years old.
I told Mr. Fixit about the call. He said he thought he would take a walk around the neighborhood to see if he could see the poor man. He had just done his daily routine on the treadmill so I was a bit worried about his going out into the cold, wet night, but he went anyway.
He called me about twenty minutes later to say that he and two other men had found the old man. He wasn’t too far from his home, but he was in an out-of-the-way place wrapped in plastic that he had found. He said he was very cold. They took him back to his home and notified the police so the search could be called off.
Mr. Fixit—What a guy!