I don't normally join in Thankful Thursday. Not because I don't have anything to be thankful for, but because there is so much to be thankful for. But today I am especially thankful for a Texas Highway Patrolman who stopped to help me.
A heavy, plastic tank I was carrying came loose in the back of the pickup and I happened to notice it floating up and down in preparation of being flung out of my pickup and into the windshield of the car behind me. (I googled to see if there is a better way to describe that, and found that there is an actual name for that! It's called the Bernoulli Principle. And now that you know that too, back to my story.) I changed lanes and exited before the tank launched itself into traffic, but then I couldn't lift the tank and couldn't loosen the ratchet straps that had been holding it in. I think the man from the tank company didn't tighten them enough, and he thought two straps criss-crossed over it would do. The patrolman replaced those two straps and then added the third around the tank and snugged it up to the cab of the pickup.
Soon after, it got dark and then I hit Dallas rush hour traffic and construction zones. I couldn't see the tank at all after it got dark, but could see about four inches of that last strap when I passed under a streetlight. By the time it was totally dark, there weren't any more street lights but I knew by then that the straps were holding and the tank wasn't going anywhere. So I am doubly appreciative.
Wretch that I am, I didn't look at his name tag or ask his name, but I'm going to see if I can find out tomorrow so I can send a proper thank you. Since it happened so far from home, cookies or anything like that is out. Maybe a gift certificate to a chain restaurant? Any ideas?