Emergency lane leads to love

By Chelle Delaney: QCS Staff

Some people find love on the Internet. Greta Estes and Ron Siegel found love on the Interstate.

Estes, the Dean of Student Services at Mesalands Community College, said romance was the last thing on her mind when she pulled off of Interstate 40 because of a problem with a tire.

Then Siegel, a geotechnical engineer with the New Mexico Department of Transportation, stopped to offer assistance.
Estes, who was traveling by herself, said that when Siegel pulled over, “It made me nervous at first.”

Estes said she became a little less worried, when she saw the state sticker on his vehicle.

And after some conversation, Siegel, who is from Santa Fe, said, he was concerned that her car might have more trouble so he followed her to destination of Albuquerque.
There they stopped at a restaurant, shared some more conversation and exchanged phone numbers.

“Neither one of us was looking for a serious relationship. We were kind of surprised because in just a couple of weeks we knew we wanted to get to know each other better,” Estes said.

“It started out like anything’s possible,” said Siegel, adding that he was captured by Estes’ personality and smile.

“And she smiles almost all of the time,” he said. “I knew she was a good thing in my life.”

“”He seemed like a nice guy and that’s been validated after two years,” Estes said.

There isn’t going to be a Valentine’s wedding, but the couple will be married next weekend in Lake Tahoe, Nev., Estes said.

And in the near future, the couple will be moving to Lake Tahoe, where Estes will be taking a similar position at the Truckee Meadows Community College.

Both said they are looking forward to their new life.

“We can take anything life throws at us,” Siegel said, “When you have the right combination, you don’t miss the opportunity.”