Fri August 17, 2012
Outreach With A Wrench In Homer, Alaska
Brant "Boog" Torsen can't fix everyone's cars for cookies. Wouldn't have much of a business if he did. But he knows that when you've got a repair garage in a place like Homer, sometimes folks need a little help to make sure the town's nickname — "The End of the Road" — doesn't apply to them.
That's why Boog's done everything from "fixing engines to replacing turn signal bulbs," for nothing more than handshakes and once, a plate of double chocolate chip cookies.
"I wouldn't look it," Boog says with a pat on his oil-stained shirt, "but I can't bake worth a lick."
Nathan Rott was the 2010 recipient of The NPR/Washington Post Stone and Holt Weeks Fellowship.