Yesterday morning as I was headed into work, I was driving along when...WHOOSH...I was suddenly engulfed in a spray of water, covering my entire windshield.
For a split second I thought to myself "Did I hit a water puddle?" and then I realized my radiator had burst. Fortunately, by this time I was in the city and up ahead I spotted a car dealership and pulled the Jeep into their parking lot.
Steam rolling off the Jeep, I left it and wandered into their service department and asked if I could borrow a phone so I could call SM. (I'm probably the last human being on earth without a cell phone but somehow I always manage to find a phone when needed.)
SM picks up, sounding confused as the caller ID must've shown him the dealerships name..."Hello?" He asked.
"Hey, it's me. I think I blew up the radiator." I told him what happened and where I was. I was about a 1/2 hour out from home so I had a bit of a wait. The service department guy offered to take a look at it but I declined knowing that I'd pay twice as much through them than I would if I just let SM handle it.
So I went back out to the Jeep, turned it on and parked it so that a tow truck could come haul it off. I rolled down the windows and doodled with some paperwork while I waited.
A few people wandered by as I realized I'd parked in the employee parking area and while a few people said "Good Morning" as they strolled by, nobody stopped.
And then Cassie showed up.
Cassie was about my age with bright, dyed from the box red hair. She came right up to my window, introduced herself, offered all the services I had earlier declined and then hung out to gab with me for a bit. You could tell Cassie was a social butterfly. Either that or she was really didn't want to head into work.
Anyway, Cassie and I fell into conversation easily, like long lost friends. She had a long, black chin hair that waggled about as she talked. I couldn't keep my eyes off it. Boy, did I ever want to tweeze that thing. (Made me wonder if I plucked some of my own chin hairs lately...)
This distraction aside, Cassie and I gabbed about my situation when she observed, "Wow..You're pretty calm about all this."
I laughed. "Well, it took me 50 years to get here. You might not think it but I've been a pretty up tight individual for most of my life."
I shrugged. "Now? Eh...who cares? Stuff happens. I've learned to "roll with it."
"I really admire that." Cassie said.
"Does your husband work on cars?" She asked.
""He works on mine!" We laughed. She seemed really reluctant to leave me sitting there but I assured her that SM was "incoming" and that I was fine.
SM showed up after a bit and after popping the hood seemed confused. The reservoir still had water in it, water wasn't pouring out of the Jeep like he'd thought it would. I turned it on and after a few minutes a smokey, steam started coming out of the radiator. I turned it off.
"Well...let me get you to work first." SM says. "I'll call a tow and get this hauled to our local mechanic."
So now we're driving into work. "Did you have plans today?" I asked SM.
"Nothing that can't be put off for another day." SM replied.
"Is this gonna cost a lot?" I asked.
SM shrugged. "A bit."
"Still, it's cheaper than a monthly car payment." I replied.
"Ya got that right." SM agreed.
Sometimes Ya just Got To Roll With It Baby.