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Friday, January 2, 2015

(Car Trouble) Friends

Okay. Do you have one of these . . .?
Or these?
My Husby and I drive vintage cars.
'Vintage' is a classy name for 'old'.
Just FYI.
Moving on . . .
Wonderful vintage cars.
They are affordable.
Comfortable.
I can sympathize with their creaking joints and less-than-stellar performance.
And they have real engines.
Or at least engines where the components are recognizable.
But they do have their drawbacks.
They really are old.
And their parts are equally old.
At times, like me, they get . . . balky.
Allow me to illustrate . . .
We were driving a Buick.
Station wagon.
It had developed some internal problems.
Gall bladder, I think.
Or, in car talk, an stubborn solenoid.
While we waited for the funds to actually fix said solenoid, we were reduced to a two-person starting method.
One to crawl under the car and whack the balky part with a hammer and the other to actually turn the key.
It worked.
Sort of.
We were visiting with friends.
It was a warm summer evening.
The sky had been threatening rain all day.
Sometime during our visit, the threat became reality.
The sky opened up and dumped everything it had on us.
At the exact time we decided we should be heading home.
Sigh.
I took up my position in the driver's seat, key inserted and ready to turn.
My Husby quickly slipped underneath the car, hammer in hand.
*Tink*. *Tink*.
“Okay! Try it!”
I turned the key and the engine roared to live.
My Husby crawled out – remember, it was pouring rain at this time – and started towards the driver's door.
He paused.
Someone was laughing.
Loudly.
We both looked toward our friends' front door.
The two of them were silhouetted in the light from their front room.
They had watched the whole procedure.
We laughed with them.
Then my Husby shrugged and jumped into the car and we drove off.
We learned an important lesson from this.
Always choose your friends with care.
They should be fun.
Generous.
Kind.
Supportive.
Loyal.
And be able to laugh you through your car troubles.

20 comments:

  1. Too funny, Diane - I can just picture it!

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  2. How to tell a good friend: they're the ones who laugh with you not at you. Sounds like you have some great friends.

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  3. Thank goodness you were not parked over a mud puddle.

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    1. Ooh! That would have been miserable. Thank goodness husbys wash . . .

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  4. What's life without fun and friends?!

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  5. I really get the feeling that the two of you giggle your way through life, and more power to you for doing that!

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    1. Huh. I never thought about it before. We do! This is a soul-discovering moment . . .

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  6. Tink Tink, brrrm brrrm
    (*~*)
    words fail me. I'm laughing too hard.

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    1. Bwahahaha! Well, when you put it like that . . .

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  8. I'm just impressed that you figured out this method would work! By the way Diane, your blog and one of your posts is featured on my blog today :)

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    1. I saw it! Thank you so much, Susan! You've made my day!

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  9. I have many, many of these cars in my lifetime and have actually used this method before! We are always on the road so it seems. We bought our first brand new car in 2007 it was a Chevy HHR and we loved it because it looked "old school". We are still driving it and it has 308,000 miles on it!!!!!

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  10. That's why we stick to new cars. Then we know that we are not purchasing someone else's problems. When the mileage hits close to 100KM, we trade it in.
    Tee-Hee!

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    1. You're obviously smarter than your little sister! :)

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