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‘Potato-smart’: Idaho potato worker becomes Internet sensation and sends Fleetwood Mac sales soaring

When you’re on your way to work and your ride breaks down, you’ve got a couple of options. You can call a tow truck, call an Uber, or, if you’re like Nathan Apodaca, you can grab your bottle of Ocean Spray Cran-Raspberry juice and your phone, hop on your longboard—and make a viral video that nearly breaks the Internet, reports Judy Cole in a news story for the Good News Network.

As the old adage goes, Judy writes: “The Lord helps those who help themselves.” Rather than miss his shift at the potato processing plant where he works when his 2005 Dodge Durango—with 330,000-plus miles on the odometer— quit on him last month, the 37-year-old father of two took matters into his own hands.

“Sometimes my car just shuts off if I turn or hit the gas a certain way and then it won’t start unless I get a jump,” he told Time. [The morning I filmed the video], it went out and I was like, I’m not going to sit here and wait to flag somebody down. So I grabbed my board—I always have it with me in the car just in case—and my juice and I started heading to work.”

TikTok Sensation: Meet The Idaho Potato Worker Who Sent Fleetwood Mac Sales  Soaring | KPBS

The road might have been downhill for his commute to work, but everything else that’s happened since Apodaca filmed his now-famous skateboard ride to fame lip-syncing, “It’s only right that you should play the way you feel it” from Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams’ been a total high.

Not only has the video surpassed 35 million views since he posted it to TikTok on September 25, it’s also won Apodaca some pretty impressive admirers and spawned a ton of spin-off tributes.

But no one was more impressed than Fleetwood Mac’s own Mick Fleetwood—and with good reason. Since Apodaca’s video went viral, the band’s “Dreams” scored its best streaming week ever, with more than 8.47 million views in the United States alone, according to Billboard.

In addition to making his own tribute video, Mick Fleetwood recently reached out to Apodaca to thank him via a video chat facilitated by the BBC. “It’s such a great story and so needed in days that are really challenging. I’ve heard you speaking and it makes people smile. I’m so happy to be part of it.” Fleetwood said.

Source: Good News Network. Read the full story here and watch videos
Photos: Courtesy Good News Network

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