What is the Biggest Favor a Friend Has Ever Asked?

Can you wire me the $40,000 right now?!

It wasn’t a favor I asked for, I don’t ask people for favors, but this was the biggest request from a buddy of mine that I sold my 1996 Porsche C4S to 15 years ago. He crashed my Porsche 993 and replaced it with a C2 Aero. Anyway, he was getting a divorce and his ex-wife made him sell all the cars to get her half. He kept the Porsche but was getting remarried and called me up. The call went like this:


Thursday 1:32 PM


Robert: “Hey, G! What’s up?”


Me: “Not much.”


Robert: “Hey, I know you have always regretted selling me your C4S. I am selling my C2. I thought you might be interested in it.”


Me: “I don’t know, It depends. How much?”


Robert: “$40,000”


Me: “The car is worth at least $50,000. Why would you sell it so cheap.”


Robert: “Well, here is the thing… I need $40,000 to pay for my honeymoon. I am getting married and we are spending a month in Italy.”


Me: “Wow! Congratulations buddy! I didn’t get my invitation yet, but I will for sure be there. Sure, I’ll buy it. That’s a great price, and even if I keep it for a year and sell it for $50,000 it costs me nothing. Okay, deal. Oh, when is the wedding?”


Robert: “Ah, well, actually the wedding is tomorrow and we leave for Italy the next morning on Saturday. Can you wire me the $40,000 right now?!


Me: “Dude, what the fuck?! Are you serious? Its almost 2 PM and the bank wire cutoff is 3 PM for you to get the money today. Let me call the bank and see what I can do. Geez man. Oh, wait! If you are leaving in two days and getting married tomorrow when do I get my fucking car?”


Robert: “I will be back in a month, you can get it then.”


Me: “Hahaha. Really dude? You want me to wire you $40,000 right now and I don’t get my car for a month?”


Robert: “The car is at my house in NJ, I’ll text you the code and you can just take it.”


Me: “Hahaha. Dude, there is no fucking way I am going to take the car out of your garage with no title and you out of the country. Really dude. I love you like a brother… Oh, fuck it. Okay, it is now after 2 PM. I’ll wire you the money. Have fun on your trip buddy. Let me know when you get back.”


Robert: “Thanks, buddy! You’re a lifesaver. You are going to love the car.”

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