Genius Loci is a protective spirit in the language of the elders. I call my story like this because in today’s world we would say Genius Loci is an angel. I would like to tell you my Genius Loci story. I think I ran into my angel several times over the years. Some friends and I were stranded (during early summer in the desert) on our way to Las Vegas when our car broke down.
We tried to fiddle with whatever was under the hood, but it didn’t help. Then I asked my friend to join me in the traditional angel prayer…it was worth a shot. A few seconds later a blond man in a red pick up truck drove up beside us (didn’t even see it on t he road) and tried to help us out. He said the nearest town (Needles, CA) was about 2 hours away, and that he could take one of us with him. Without hesitation from myself or my friends, I went along with him. Mind you, I NEVER, EVER take rides from strange men.
My friends arrived and were so worried that they had let their best friend drive off with a psycho-killer.
We spoke a little bit about his son, where he was from (New Mexico), etc …then slept comfortably until we arrived. I arranged for a tow truck to go back for my friends and was planning to accompany the driver. The man told me to stay in the town. I walked over to the store across the way to wait while the owner pampered me by offering me food, drink and even a movie to watch. I kept looking for the man with the red truck, but I never saw him again … and Needles is not exactly packed.
My friends arrived and were so worried that they had let their best friend drive off with a psycho-killer. And looking back on it, I wondered what on earth possessed me to go with a complete stranger. I truly believe that this person was probably my angel in disguise … or maybe very good luck?