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29 January 2005 @ 09:59 pm
Man, so life is just so the suck once in a while...  
So I am driving along Highway 85 on my way to work at Viking Bookstore this morning when Kruger starts to make a funny clicking noise. The noise grows louder and the gas pedal starts to vibrate, something I don't recall ever happening before. It is growing harder and harder to accelerate - I'm practically standing on the gas and I'm barely pushing 60. Suddenly clouds of smoke start flying out of the hood and the back of the car, so I pull over to the side of the highway about a mile short of the Saratoga exit. Naturally, I'm a bit freaked out, so I sit and do what any person in the situation does: I call my mommy. She tells me to call AAA and get towed to the Moore dealership. So I call AAA and they tell me a tow truck is on its way, and that I might not want to sit in my car, as I can smell gas.

As I get out of the car and pull my jacket on, I can't help but notice the puddle rapidly forming under the car.

A blue car pulls over and a woman walks out. I don't know her, but she said she was driving by when she saw my smoking car (with flames! She saw flames! Without her I never would have known there were plumes of fire erupting out of the bottom of myc ar!) pull over and "I looked so young" that she turned around and came back to check on me. She was just wonderful, and I didn't even get her name to say thank you. She said she couldn't just drive on because she saw me and I looked so young.
AAAAaaaaaaaaawwwwww...thank you mystery lady!

After she left I called Seanie, because someone needed to talk to me and keep me from flipping out, and he's usually around his house. I chatted to him, interrupted every once in a while by AAA calling me back to confirm my location and make sure I'm still alive, not freeway splatters or kidnapped. A CHP officer also pulled up and talked to me - he wanted to stay and make sure the tow truck arrived, but there was an accident further up the road so he had to leave.
Did I mention he was kinda cute? Well, he was...
After I'd waited about an hour a tow truck arrived and hauled my car to the dealership, where Mom was waiting to take me to the bookstore. When I arrived one of my co-workers asked "Hey, were you on the side of the freeway earlier?" and it turns out she saw me when I was talking to the mystery lady, and she thought about pulling over, but since I wasn't alone and she wasn't 100% sure it was me (she only met me the day before) she drove on. She kept apologizing but I was just glad to have a witness, because my work couldn't fire me on my second day if I had someone else to back me up about my car troubles!
Of course, now I have no car and that's frustrating.

Work's okay. My coworkers are all nice people and at the moment it's really slow - something I'm sure will change on Monday when school starts again.
Current Mood: crankycranky
~ * flurr sprite * ~nkicroft on January 30th, 2005 07:19 am (UTC)
so glad you're okay!!!! and that the car didn't blow up!!!! poor car! poor leelee!!! *huuuug*

i'm terrified at the thought of something like that happening to me while i'm driving ;_;
Paul Linh Nguyenanimekid on January 30th, 2005 08:50 am (UTC)
Well these things happen x_x
But fortunately you had the better turn of events =)

Heck...I remembered when my car died once...
I made phone calls to get a ride and a tow...

And boy were the CHP fast to tow the car...
Uncle driving me no more than 2 miles away and when he returned...car was gone.

Over the holiday weekend...evil storage fees...GYAH. x_x;;

And yeah...thankfully it wasn't something else with your car and you were able to pull over...

I mean...what if the brakes failed @_@;
Or something else just happened where you couldn't even pull over and stuck in the middle of the street @_@;;

So yeah...bad things happened but you came out of it okay =)
Duncan Donuts: angry piratelawsofeden on January 30th, 2005 01:40 pm (UTC)
holy crap! im glad your car didnt explode or anything, sheesh. thank goodness for the kindness of strangers and AAA.
oilofjoyoilofjoy on January 31st, 2005 03:58 am (UTC)
wow that's crazy! sorry about your car situation, i hope everything works out soon, being carless SUCKS major monkey butt... i know =)
seaturtle84 on January 31st, 2005 08:06 pm (UTC)
That totally sucks about your car, but at least you had a great excuse for being late to work! HAH! I hope you're able to get your car fixed. It sucks having to be without one.
Jasondelirium19 on February 1st, 2005 07:19 am (UTC)
But being able to wear those bright red shirts (Yes, I can help you!) when you get to work makes it all better right?
Suzik00kaburra on February 1st, 2005 03:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, don't even get me started on those shirts!