How I Ended Up, This Morning, Sitting in a Broken Ass Car Freezing My Broken Ass

I have my own car but the steering wheel doesn’t work. Now, I can’t fix it myself, nor do I have the money to get it fixed so I have to wait until someone in the house feels bad enough for me and gets it fixed. Usually that’s my wasband. But instead of getting it fixed, he’s been bringing my daughter to the boat in her car , which I get to use all day and then he picks her up after work. It’s fine with me. Her car’s better than mine anyway.

This is similar to my daughter’s car. It’s a 2003 Outback.outback.jpg

She usually takes the boat on the right to get to work.island-home.jpg

This morning the wasband had a bird watching date (with a new woman he’s trying to hit on). He wanted to leave really early because I guess bird watchers like to get up with the sun unlike me.


So we decided I would have to get up early and bring my daughter to the boat if I wanted a car to use for the day, which I always do. I hate being home without a car, even if I have no plans to go anywhere.

Then we decided he should take my daughter’s car because he was going to be driving a good distance to meet this chick. I didn’t mind, as long as I have a car that will take me from point A to point B. He has a 1991 BMW piece of crap that brakes down regularly.

It sort of looks like this , only

Well, my daughter and I got to point B and she got safely on the boat. All I had to do was get back to point A. As soon as I left Woods Hole I noticed some kind of white stuff coming out of the left hand corner of the hood. I was at a stop sign and thought maybe it was just the exhaust being blown by the wind towards the front of the car.

I don’t know a lot about cars but I had high hopes I would make it home and there was nothing wrong. Talk about denial. Soon, I noticed a lot more of this white smoky stuff coming out from under the hood. I got on my cell and called my wasband. He told me to look at the thing on the dashboard that’s always supposed to be in the middle, not towards the side on the right where it is red. Some sort of gauge. Well, it was way over in the red. Evidently , the car was overheating. He told me to pull over right away. Well, there really wasn’t any safe place to just pullover. Fortunately within a couple of minutes I saw a side street, pulled down the street and turned off the car. That’s when the smoke was everywhere. I was starting to think the car was on fire.

The crazy thing is that as I was driving my daughter to the boat, I was telling her how I don’t like to drive her father’s car because I am always afraid something is going to go wrong with it. The jinx gods were listening and they got me.

I called my wasband. He was in Newport, R.I. and he actually offered to come home to help me. I told him I would call AAA and just have the car towed home and not to worry and enjoy his date. What a good ex-wife I am. It was only 20 degrees oiutside so I told AAA I was handicapped and freezing and to please tell them to hurry. That’s when being handicapped does come in handy. They gave me a red priority. The tow truck showed up within a half hour.


Well, that’s how I spent my morning. Everyone is gone today which is nice. I’ll have a quiet day. I can talk to myself and make a lot of noise and play loud music. I have to make a pot roast in the crock pot in a few minutes. I can do some puzzles to improve my concentration and memory, which I am going to try to do daily. I am also going to start walking up and down my driveway. Even if I can only do it once.

Did anyone see the eclipse last night? Thank goodness my son called me because I didn’t even know about it. It was very awesome at totality.



6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Wendy
    Feb 21, 2008 @ 19:02:32

    Oh. My. God! You’re so lucky the tow truck made you a priority! Ugh, I hate car stuff. I HATE IT. I’ve broken down so many times I don’t even have a count. One time I broke down on the base — and that was when it was illegal to be crossing through. It was hellacious. I managed to get out before the military police found me, thank God. Because I once got in a screaming match with a military policeman and I was scared it would be him who found me.

    And YOU ARE a good ex-wife. Better than most, I’d say.
    The eclipse looks awesome. I didn’t get to see it, we had too many clouds.


  2. David
    Feb 21, 2008 @ 22:11:26

    Yes the eclipse was great! Nice photo and great post! It was so clear up here in NH. We were driving home from a late Valentines Day dinner out with daughter and future son-in-law at place where they want to have their wedding. My wife’s confounded Saab’s “moon roof” came in so handy!

    I have a poem for you joanharvest!

    Astronomy lady
    you should learn
    to discern
    smoke from steam
    (which cold encourages)
    and guage red
    from guage green
    or don’t drive
    junky beemers
    from A to B!

    Remember the good old days
    when AAA
    always showed up
    in half an hour?
    I don’t!


  3. joanharvest
    Feb 21, 2008 @ 22:46:30


    I love the poem and I am going to show it to my insignificant other. Hopefully I won’t have to drive his junkie car again. I’ve had to use AAA many times and this is the fastest they ever got to me. I really played up the cripple thing. It has it’s perks occasionally though I would much rather be able to stand and walk better. But I am working hard on that aspect of my life now–exercising, seeing a chiropractor ,losing weight and I will be starting physical therapy soon.


  4. CuriousC
    Feb 22, 2008 @ 07:24:05

    David! Great poem!

    Joan, you are doing awesome! (did you do today’s USA soduko? It’s my favorite…) Sorry about those jinx gods… I tell my car how much I love it and how much I appreciate its providing me with reliableness. Seems to have working…

    I once had a car that would not start and every time AAA would come, they could start it on the first turn. It seemed to HATE me or something. So, yes, I believe in AAA, too.


  5. moonbeammcqueen
    Feb 24, 2008 @ 00:05:34

    I love the way your family (ex included) works together and helps each other out. It seems that there’s a lot of kindness and caring among you. Did you tell AAA that your disability was a broken ass? 🙂

    Very nice poem, David!


  6. joanharvest
    Feb 24, 2008 @ 00:36:32


    Actually , I didn’t mention the broken ass but I really hit them with the disability and coldness of the day. We actually do work well as a family. It’s only because our daughter can stand us. When she came home from work tonight, the wasband and I were hysterical about his new love interest. Actually, we don’t think it’s going to work out. They might go birding together but I don’t think it will go any further because her ass is too big. My daughter’s husband thinks we are on acid or some kind of drug because we laugh so much.

    I missed sudoku today because I had weight watchers today and I have to do things like that in the morning when I am sort of on the ball. I did lose weight though.
    AAA rules!!!!!


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