Thursday, May 29, 2008

stuck in Lodi again


There were two alternate titles for this post. One was "it's always something" and the other was "@#$&!!!" And though I've never been stuck in Lodi before, I couldn't resist the chosen title.

So tonight was dance class as always, but we had to be there in full costume tonight (the outfit, the hair, the flowers, the makeup, you name it) because a professional photographer was there to shoot some stuff for publicity shots. (Normally I don't get too dressed up for class, maybe a skirt and t-shirt).

Anyway, "A+" and I were about a mile from our destination when I simultaneously caught a whiff of coolant, noticed my car running hot, and heard the fan working extra hard. Oh dread, this is familiar. Made it to class, popped the hood, and sure enough there's coolant sprayed everywhere. Great. I guess the nice thing is I manage to stay pretty calm and collected about these cars things now, it's like "here we go again."

I called my mechanic and asked for some suggestions and he said it would be pretty risky to drive back home even if I filled the radiator with water and stopped along the way. And after the car cooled off a little bit a husband of one of the other dancers took a look and found a gaping hole in one hose, so yeah that wouldn't hold liquid anyway. *sigh*

So I called and arranged to get towed back to Wilton.

And remember how last time I got towed I said I was thankful I wasn't in costume? Yeah well this time I was. That was a little embarrassing, but at least I can thank goodness we made it to class and weren't stranded by the side of the road. It could always be a lot worse.

Anyway, I missed a lot of class while outside on the phone but I got in some of the pictures. I'm sure I look pretty grumpy though. I am. Nothing like the second time seeing my car get towed.

Maybe it's time to start buying lottery tickets.

Did I mention I have a lot of art at greatly reduced prices for a limited time? ;-)

I could get pretty sappy mopey here right now, so I'll just leave it at that. The Chicken Lady needs a hug. *sigh*


Anonymous said...

Mercury is in retrograde for the next couple of weeks - which I think means it spins backwards for a while. This is supposed to screw things up here on Earth. Or maybe the car is just old. If you buy the oblique astrology, at least there's a chance good luck is coming soon. If you stick with reality, there's not as much hope. So put on those silk scarves and consult the stars. I predict lots of psychic hugs. Don't know how a new car would manifest itself. Tell the mechanic guys to fix my truck and you can drive that. JJ

Anonymous said...

Oh man, I am keeping my mouth shut from now on! Remember our conversation earlier in the day. I am so sorry if I jinxed things.

Katherine Plumer said...

JJ- I think you'll have to tell them that yourself! :-) I would look a lot sexier driving a pickup versus an old car though, lol. Yeah, as I told one of the ladies in class, thank goodness one thing seems to be going right lately. ;-)

BM- no kidding. Said BM earlier in the day "well I hope your car doesn't break down" or something like that. Cripes! no more of that! ;-)

Anonymous said...

Sorry that neither I, nor my friend Ben, are there to give you that hug [we both give great hugs!] However, you can collect all you need the next time you're in Cleveland... BS

Anonymous said...

Dang it, I hate car troubles the worst...I was lucky enough to raise a son mechanically inclined, so he does that kind of fix for me. Hoping you don't have to wait for a son, will be praying for you to find an acquaintance that can do those things for you! Or money from heaven for a new car!

Katherine Plumer said...

BS- Thanks!

R&K- I agree, I hate car problems!!!! Yeah, I need to find a gold nugget out in the creek or something...

Anonymous said...

You should have called me! I can't remember what I was doing that night, but I could have picked you up if you needed a ride or anything.


Katherine Plumer said...

CS- I didn't even think of that! Well, I would have had to get towed either way but I guess you could have dropped by and joined the pity party. ;-)