Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Beastmobile Finally Let Me Down

My new car got a nail in a tire yesterday so I drove the Beastmobile to get my MRI this afternoon.  On the way home, I stopped at a garden center near my house and when I pulled out of their parking lot, the steering wheel suddenly stiffened.  The truck was still running but the temperature gauge was going up and I smelled rubber burning.  I managed to womanhandle the truck to the side of the highway, turned it off and ran back across the highway to the garden center to use their phone.  (When I got to the MRI place, my phone wasn't in it's holder so I guessed I must have left it at home.)

I called Hubby.  No answer.  I thought he might be at home where his phone doesn't get good service, so I called my phone hoping he would hear it and answer it.  Nothing.  I couldn't remember my neighbor's number, and I knew Hubby would call right back so I told the guy who let me use their phone to tell him I was going to start walking home and please come pick me up.  Hubby told me later that he did call back and the guy hung up on him.

I had only walked about  a tenth of a mile when I thought I probably should have asked to use their bathroom before I started walking.  I also wished I was wearing my usual tennis shoes and jeans instead of sandals and polyester slacks.  You know that sound that bare feet make as they stick to and release from the plastic sole of a sandal?  That's the sound of a blister forming.  Two and a half miles from the garden center to my house and not one person stopped to see if I wanted a ride, not even the lady across the street.  She just waved and drove on.  Like Hubby says, she's not very observant and probably didn't really even notice me.  I notice things and would have stopped if I had seen anyone walking in sandals.  But maybe most people don't notice stuff like that.  I have two giant blisters on each foot.   The only good thing is that it was only 94 degrees today and the wind was blowing, so it could have been worse.

Now if anyone knows how to get these blisters to go away quickly, let me know.  I don't think I'll be walking much in the next few days.

Oh, and my phone?  In the Beastmobile the whole time.  It had fallen out of the holder and under the driver's seat.

Until next time, may you have blessings and a dependable car,
Marti

5 comments:

A Pretty Pastime said...

Well nuts Marti! I'm so sorry you had such a rough day and that you have blisters on your feet. I hope your spirit and feet heal pronto!

Katy

Karen said...

Oh my gosh, Marti ... what a day you had! So.. is Beastmobile..um... dead? Sounds like what our FlintstoneMobile did several years ago (May it rest in peace). Home tomorrow is a much better day.

Marti said...

No, it's not dead. It was the serpentine belt. Evidently it broke when I pulled out of the parking lot. I called the assistance number and had a tow truck on the way when Hubby finally called me and he stopped by it on his way home and saw what it was. He had a spare so he cancelled the tow truck.

I hope tomorrow is better too. Hard to walk right now.

♥ Calamity Anne ♥ said...

I don't know what to say...but maybe you should have just stayed in bed today! Bummer!!!

Grandma K said...

Oh, Marti! That's a real nightmare. I don't envy your blisters.