Insurance to the Rescue? A Man and an Almost-Missed
It was the wedding of a lifetime - and Dr. Nathan McKay
was about to miss it.
"It had completely slipped my mind," says McKay, a
mathematician at a well-known university that shall
remain nameless. "I wrote it down, I booked the flight
three months in advance, I even told my TA that he let
me miss it, he'd be fired. My sister isn't a very
forgiving person, see. If I forgot her wedding, she
wouldn't let me live it down until the grandkids were
Despite his best efforts, however, time flew - and so
did his plane, without him on it.
According to McKay, he'd lost himself in the demands of
According to his TA, that wasn't uncommon.
"Brilliant but distracted" is the general consensus of
McKay. A mathematician for close to ten years, he's
almost stereotypically the image of an absent-minded
professor - rumpled hair, glasses, and a collection of
cardigans. He'd rather be grading papers than
socializing. His humor is wry and self-deprecating.
When he realized he was about to miss his sister's
wedding, he found himself panicked and low on options.
He called the airline only to discover that no other
flights would get him there by the next day. Bicycling -
his transportation of choice - would take too long. He
didn't even own a car.
But his TA did.
"It was a lightbulb moment," says McKay. "I looked at
him and a solution poured forth from the heavens. I knew
he would have the good spirit and generosity to lend me
"He told me that if I didn't, I'd be double-fired," his
The young man, Rodney Stills, is a twentysomething from
the same university. He grins easily and accepts Dr.
McKay's quirks with the ease of long practice.
Rodney says that by the wedding fiasco he'd been working
closely with the doctor for the better part of a year,
and while he wanted to help, he was wary of the
"I mean, it was my car," Rodney says. "And this was Dr.
McKay. What if he ran it off the road while doing
equations in his head? What if he messed up the
directions and drove it right into the chapel? I've met
his sister. He was right to be afraid."
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Through these means, Dr. McKay had found a way to borrow
Rodney's car without the young man having to worry.
"God bless whoever came up with the idea," he says. "I
don't know what I would've done without it."
So did he make it to the wedding on time?
"No," McKay says with a grimace. "I mean, I made it
there, yes. With time to spare, even. But then I
realized I'd left my tux at home, so I had to run around
the city and find a tailor, and by the time I got there
everyone was already sitting down and they all turned
around and looked at me..."
"I told him to just be glad he didn't interrupt the
actual vows," Rodney says, grinning.
For the record, McKay never fired him. .
For some people,anyhow!
Copyright David Bell 2009