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My morning commute was fun! Here I was expecting a short drive checking out my first attempt at MP3-to-WAV iTunes-to-audio CD on El Car Stereo, but about halfway along the usual route, the truck in front of me swerved sharply. I did not have time to avoid the obstruction in the road that it had, which turned out to be one of those small plastic bins used for storage in garages and on shelves.

It was Just Big Enough to get stuck under my car. I thought I'd just driven over it, but then I felt the drag of it. I was carrying it along at [censored] miles per hour. I knew it couldn't be good for the car to have a big hunk of plastic melting into the engine or whatever it might do, so I pulled over to the side of the road to get it out. The damn thing was wedged between the bottom of the car and the asphalt and was that hard plastic you can't bend, fold, or mutilate without superpowers.

And then, to top it all off, the sky decided to plop an intermittent rain shower on me out of nowhere. Not a lot of drops, but they were the big, fat, sloppy ones. I couldn't stay by the side of the road like that, so I got in the car and drove another block to this school district office parking lot that was not yet in use for the Fall. It had a bunch of speed bumps scattered around it. I let the front tires of my car ride up on one of them and got out of the car again, but unfortunately, now the tub was wedged between the speed bump and the bottom of my car.

So my next plan was to drive the front tires of my car up on a curb. There was a flower-bed type curb in the parking lot, so I pulled right up on it, got out, and the tub was no longer wedged. Yay, me!

Side note: no flowers were harmed in the unwedging of my car. The "flower bed" was xeriscaped.

Of course, then I get to work and tell some colleagues about my misadventures and end up being stuck in a conversation with Guys Talking About Cars.


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Aug. 6th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
. . . stuck in a conversation with Guys Talking About Cars.

Then I'll refrain, but you'll miss out on how I fixed the accelerator cable in my 1982 Ford Pickup that one time, and it's a fine story.
Aug. 6th, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
It was more annoying because it was a small, enclosed office meeting that was supposed to be about something that needed to get Done!Yesterday! and the other two people in the meeting were the Guys Distracted into Talking About Cars.

; ([ <--- grr argh
Aug. 6th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
Ah, okay. Then maybe someday you will get to hear my thrilling accelerator cable story. I'm sure you look forward to it.

(Love the emoticon.)
Aug. 6th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
I think it's supposed to be more wrinkly and less winky:

>: ([
Aug. 8th, 2010 01:45 am (UTC)
Maybe something like this? }:-[

And I'm glad your cleverness had good results!
Aug. 6th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
oh geez. hope no permanent damage was done
Aug. 6th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
I don't think the plastic thing had any sharp edges that could have poked anything (it was upside down, rounded edge towards the car), and I didn't give it time to get melty or anything (it wasn't mega-hot out yet due to morning and impending rain).

But I plan to check and see if anything's leaking from the underside of the car later.
Aug. 6th, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
good plan. good luck
Aug. 6th, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
I'm sure your car is fine. Most things on the underside of the car are made of metal and meant to withstand flying bits of stone and whatnot, so as long as your foreign object doesn't wrap around the axle or something clever, it has to be pretty hard and/or sharp to manage real damage. Sounds like this thing was not capable of reaching anything vulnerable; it was the wrong shape.

(I'm not a mechanic, I just do my own repairs because I'm cheap.)
Aug. 6th, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, my! That was horrid. I knew there had to be some cosmic reason it was raining this morning. To make your life worse it seems. Nice ingenuity though!
Aug. 6th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
Lucky there was an empty parking lot with things I could easily drive my car up upon within reasonable driving distance.
Aug. 7th, 2010 05:37 am (UTC)
Heeee! I can see it all now, Masq and the Masqmobile randomly driving up curbs, speed bumps, park benches, other cars...like something out of giant monstertruck rallies.
Sorry about the raining part.
Aug. 7th, 2010 11:54 am (UTC)
The rain only concerned me insofar as me and my blow dryer had had an "in the zone" morning and my hair looked awesome...until the morning turned into a BJ Thomas tune.

But I'm thinking of entering the MasqMobile into a Monster-ScionxA rally. Totally.
Aug. 15th, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
you were lucky. On 7/29/08, I was driving on the PA turnpike from Pittsburgh to Hershey and a truck ahead of me lost its tire (it shredded off) The car infront of me swerved away from it but I couldn't in time. It wrecked $804 worth of the bottom of my car, and that was with going to my husband's friend who fixed it without charging for labor.

I learned a great lesson that day about safe distances between me and the car infront of me when doing 70 mph.

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