Tuesday, March 1, 2016

A Minor Monday Miracle

Load up the station wagon with Bob's baseball stuff for first day of practice.
   Cell Phone Battery (CPB) 22%
 At stop sign on the way to the ballpark, notice light smoke coming from under the hood.
    CPB 20%
 Receive call from my mom that she is ready to be picked up from jury duty downtown.
    CPB 18%
 Convince myself that smoke is coming from car ahead of me.
    CPB 17%
 Drop Bob at ball field. Enter the 110 South freeway.
    CPB 16%
 Notice that oil temp gauge is in the red and smoke is indeed coming from under the hood.
    CPB 15%
 Immediately exit freeway and turn on heat full blast to take heat off engine.
    CPB 14%
 Pull over and stop in residential neighborhood to let car cool down.
    CPB 13%
 Call mom and tell her I will be a little late.
    CPB 12%
Text mother of Bob's teammate and ask if Bob can get a ride home from her.
    CPB 10%
Start car and drive four blocks until oil gauge reaches red again and then turn off engine.
    CPB 8%
Repeat seven times.
    CPB 7%
Pull into random mechanic shop.
    CPB 6%
Random mechanic shows me that station wagon's radiator is done for.
    CPB 5%
Approve estimate for new radiator that will be installed by tomorrow afternoon.
    CPB 4%
Summon an Uber ride.
    CPN 3%
Call Chao the Uber driver when we cannot find each other.
    CPN 2%
Meet Chao and drive downtown to pick up Mom.
    CPN 1%
Field 4 text messages regarding schedule change of my piano class.
    CPN .5%
Chao drops us at my mom's place and I borrow her car to get home.  
    Cell Phone Battery Dead
Bob arrives home.
Victory Dance.


  1. Good enough is good enough.
    Very nicely done.
    Rachel - a long time reader

  2. Thank goodness the Volvo lives, and for you knowing exactly what to do, and how to do it. This grownup stuff comes in handy.

  3. I read that as Chaos the Uber Driver and wondered for your judgment.

  4. This was more entertaining than the Oscars. And the nominated films.

  5. Living on the edge.
    Lynn, another MacCrone victim

  6. I sweated that one out right along with you. WHEW.