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Luck be a bastard...tonight

Yesterday, Scott and I took the kids to IKEA and a fun time was had by all. Until Matthew decided to run off. We were unable to find him for...probably only a full minute. It gave me a heartattack, a headache, and put a damper on the day, so we decided to leave. We got out to the parking lot, I turned the key and.....AAAAAAAHHHHH! Dead battery or something. We called a friend of ours to drive out to jump the car because we didn't have our jumper cables and not a SINGLE person in that parking lot stopped to ask if we needed help. Not one.

Anyway, we got the car started and came home. Then last night, Scott got on a plane for a business trip. I think he gets back late tonight. The kids started school today, so we got them all ready, got in the car and....AAAAAAAHHHH! That's right, kids, remember that dead battery? I didn't. I had to call my mother to jump in her car and come get us to take the kids to school. Now, I am trying to figure out how in the HELL I'm supposed to get the car to a place to get a new battery. I have one of those car chargers that you attach to the battery and plug into the wall, but it hasn't built up enough charge yet to start.

Want to hear the best part? Shortly after my mom dropped me off, I got a phone call from her. She started out with 'You guys are just going to put me in a mental institution one day'. Ummm, let me back up. When we were backing out of the parking lot, she went really fast towards another car. I yelled at her to stop, and she said she knew exactly where the car was and wasn't about to hit it. Ok, not a problem. Then we turned onto a two lane road - you know, one lane going one way, one the other? She got in the correct lane and a minute later puts on her blinker and pulls into oncoming traffic. I freaked. Then she almost blew past our street. Her excuse? She said I make her nervous anytime I'm in the car. Anyway, she called me and said that she was trying to clean out some stuff from her car and her keys fell off behind the seat. She closed the door, but had already locked it, so now she is locked out of her car (she was able to get a key to her apartment from the manager) and now she wouldn't be able to come help me jump my car if I needed her to. Or to get the kids when they get out in a few hours if I'm not able to fix my car.


Ok, now to go check if I have enough juice in the battery to get it started. Pray hard.


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Aug. 16th, 2005 03:00 am (UTC)
power: auto and home
does your neighborhood have a security patrol? ours has jumper cables and will do stuff like that. also, there's the nice people at AAA. you are a member, right? if not, check the place where you bought your vehicles; they often toss in free road service for a couple years.

unrelated: i was in Plano tonight watching some friends bowl. it was Just Barely Raining there when I left (9:30). as I approached my `hood it was obvious we'd had a massive power outage. several intersections had NO traffic control, but there were temporary STOP signs, so this must've happened awhile ago? good news: when I reached MY house, the lights were on (and Beta was home). we took a power hit here for about 15 seconds, but the UPS kept all the PCs up (but the Internet connection was offline while the DSL modem rebooted).
Aug. 16th, 2005 03:13 am (UTC)
Re: power: auto and home
I had road service through the dealership for a few years, but the car is over four years old now and I don't think it works without a fee now. I was able to use the charger to get it started so I could go get a new battery, but it took a couple of hours.

Ok, the weather is starting to get REALLY bad now. Gonna shut down.
Aug. 16th, 2005 04:07 am (UTC)
Re: power: auto and home
We had a council meeting tonight. Sure enough, the power ditched for a little bit a couple times, first one around 7:45-ish. Got 2 inches of rain at home between probably 7:30 and 10:30.

Am glad you're back in town safe & sound. Bummer about the battery saga, tho!

Now, what about that journey to the gingerman?
Aug. 16th, 2005 02:15 pm (UTC)
Re: power: auto and home

That way I can respond to you. *laugh*

I'll email you about the Gingerman. I need to find out when Scott's going to be in town
Aug. 17th, 2005 02:06 am (UTC)
Re: power: auto and home
Ok, I did.
Aug. 17th, 2005 02:07 am (UTC)
Re: power: auto and home
Yay. Yay. Yay. :) Got me some Jillions now. *laugh*
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