Did you ever just have one of THOSE kind of days? You know--the kind where you wished you'd slept in because it's been so full of Murphy Law's moments that you figured--well, at least I could have slept for an extra hour or so!
Got up this morning and it seemed to be a typical kind of Wednesday...until that is I got in my car. I started to drive to work and about 1/2 a mile from home, the little light that says--hey, you might be low on coolant came on. So, I kept going to the Kroger gas and bought a thing of coolant thinking--well, I need to at least get enough in there to get back home. As I came back up to my car, it seemed to be hemorraging what little coolant was left. But stupid me, I filled it, let it cool, checked and then went--well, I have to at least get back to the house. So, it cooled off and I drove home and watched as the temperature gauge went into uncharted territory. I got a bit worried but stupidly in that--well, it seems to make sense right at the moment way, kept on going. And got to the turnoff to pull into the subdivision I live in when the car decided--I've had enough and shut down. So, the irony is I'm stuck--two minutes or less from home and the car is not gonna move another inch under its own power.
I turned on the emergency lights, called my parents for help and then sat there, waiting for some help. I didn't have to wait long. Within five minutes, three people had pulled up and helped me push my car into my subdivision. I have to admit that in a day full of anxiety, it's nice to know that there are still some people left who see someone in trouble and offer to help--because let's face it, they didn't have to. I pulled the car in, locked it (OK I did think about leaving it open on the off chance that someone might feel the need to steal it..but that's not gonna happen!), and went home. Made some phone calls and got it towed somewhere to have it looked at...right now, no idea what is going on with it, but I fear the worst. I am preparing for the worst (it never runs again and has packed it up) and then if that is what I hear, I won't be stunned by it...instead if it's better news, I can be pleasantly surprised.
So, in all this, I am trying to call work and take an emergency day off...which I finally do. I figured I'd do some stuff my mom's needed me to do around the house but then I get a call--Davis is not feeling well and has to come home. So, I went with my mom to get him, take him to his house and wouldn't ya know it--he's feeling much better at home! He wasn't eating or drinking at day care and they were worried..he has no fever and he's been eating and drinking since he got home and is doing better, which is good. But I can tell he doesn't feel good as he's not as active as he usually is and not nearly as talkative. So, I'm keeping an eye on him and we're having some fun.
So, it looks like I could be in the market for a new car. And my other one was in the home stretch of being paid for...
Oh well...I'd wanted a new UT sticker for my car...I just hadn't planned for a new car to go with it.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 10/05/2005 11:39:00 AM