The trip was going smooth...for the most part...
Thanks to a friendly tow guy, we found out that the car was still driveable and even without the muffler, the car isn't that loud. Excellent! So we kept driving until...
We pulled off to try to fix the now dragging tailpipe, when a random friendly trucker showed up who was an awesome super magical car fixing genius and did an amazing job of rigging up the tailpipe/exhaust with wire! So friendly and so nice.
Which of course got me to thinking, why don't more random friendly strangers pop out of no where to help main characters in fantasy? I mean, okay, sometimes they do. You have random wise people chilling in huts in fantasy worlds everywhere ready to help, or sometimes a nice guy with a cart but for the most part the random friendly strangers are either a) evil b) become part of the story c) are part of a larger story/world, like Elrond in LOTR.
I know, I know, you have to have events like that be plot points, otherwise its to 'convenient,'....but, you know, random strangers *do* just show up in life for no reason than simply to help, and then move on. So instead of being convenient, isn't it just realistic?
Or maybe there are more random strangers than I remember and the answer is just that simple :)