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Small Talk with Teri

Oct 30, 2017 11:35AM ● By Teri Norbye

Meet Phil Strait, who has lived in Alameda for 16 years with his wife, Rockwoman, and their three children: James (16), Anthony (13), and Aidan (4). Phil owns the Morello Tire Service and Repair shop in Pleasant Hill and says, “I plan on being here another 20 years.” For fun the family likes to go camping, and they also like going on weekend staycations. “My 4-year old son, Aidan, likes to go on ‘holidays’ because he watches a British show called Peppa Pig. He likes to travel, go to hotels, and be pampered.”

How’d you get into the auto repair business? We had Volkswagens when we were young kids, and we spent more time working on them than driving them.

What’s your dream car to own? What I own now, a Chevy pick-up.

What are the easiest and hardest car(s) to work on? Hondas are the easiest; Mercedes and BMWs are the hardest.

If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself? Go back to college, major in automotive engineering, and work on race cars.

Favorite spot(s) in the Bay Area to hang out? Pacifica or Half Moon Bay, on the beach. I love the water, the sound of the waves, and bonfires.


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