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Shake, Rattle and Roll

Posted by Jedi Cool , 29 January 2009 · 138 views

As a companion piece to my husband's (seen here: http://forums.nightl...p;showentry=526 ), I thought I'd relate my frozen tundra experience yesterday when Mother Nature dropped a foot of snow on Indianapolis.

My workplace delayed starting time by 2 hours. I still decided to give myself 1 1/2 hours to get to work. I am not a normally skittish driver, but I am cautious. I leave skittish to my mother-in-law who calls in sick at the sight of a snowflake (she had the foresight to schedule a vacation day yesterday). I didn't forsee any problems.

After checking with my workplace's emergency hotline to determine there were no updates, I walked out the door and started my car. I then spent 20 minutes trying to get out of the driveway. Shoveling snow every time I got stuck, I managed to get out of the driveway and get stuck on the street. A car pulled up behind me.

Finally, I managed to get it moving forward and to the entrance of our neighborhood. Where I got stuck again. A police car kindly drove around me.

More shoveling ensued.

At the next intersection, the light was red. I had to stop. When it turned green, the three cars in front of me moved extra slowly and I got stuck in middle of the intersection. Ten more minutes of shoveling. (Thank God I had the wisdom to bring along the shovel...and a dry pair of socks)

2 miles down the road at the next intersection. Stuck again. 10 more minutes of shoveling.

I finally learned a lesson from my husband and just gunned the engine to the point of oil and rubber burning and the car took off down the street. Out of control, I swerved all over it until momentum dragged it off the road, into an embankment and packed into snow just mere feet from an electrical box and a telephone pole.

I don't have a cell phone. I am in training and cannot miss work. I got the shovel out and decided to work on the back of the car as reversing might get me out quicker. A very nice Hispanic man came over and helped me, showed infinite patience as he directed how to move the steering wheel to get out and I was free within 20 minutes.

20 miles per hour on the interstate and I arrived at work just a few minutes late. Only to find out that the emergency hotline message had been updated while I was in my driveway that work was postponed until noon.

Driving home was a cinch.

But, this morning, my car is shaking like a leaf, from the steering wheel on down. Did I burn something out yesterday or is it just very cold?




My favorite deleted scene is when you mentioned his idea of maybe towing your car out by using your jumper cables. My coworker couldn't stop laughing at that one.

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