I swear, the weirdest crap happens to me.
I mean, everyone has had car problems. The dead battery. The flat tire. Y'know, the typical stuff.
No. I get weird-ass car problems that make me think I've lost my mind.
Like today. Kid and I get in the car this morning and it starts up just fine as usual. So, off we head to his school so I can drop him off to his YMCA program and head to work. All goes well until I try to start the car after dropping him off.
The key will not go into the ignition keyhole.
Yeah, the key that I JUST USED 5 MINUTES AGO to start the damn car. WILL NOT FIT the ignition keyhole any more.
I actually stopped to ask myself:
1. Is this my car? Like I accidentally misplaced a fire engine red SUV in an empty parking lot for 5 minutes AND I was able to electronically unlock someone else's car.
2. Is this the right car key? Hmm...well...lemmee check. Because there's only one car key on my keyring and I only OWN the one car and I JUST USED THIS KEY 5 minutes ago with NO PROBLEM. So, yeah, I'm pretty damn sure it's the right key.
3. Can I force it in (because, y'know, late for work now)? Ummm...no.
4. What if I try harder? Yeah, still no.
Then, I actually got out of the car. Locked it. Unlocked it and tried once again to insert the key into the ignition.
Nope. Not happening.
Then I got to call AAA and try to explain this to them.
After the AAA lady stopped laughing, she asked me if I was sure the car was in Park.
Ummmm...yeaaaaaaaaaaaah. On account of it's being STOPPED and all.
So, she promptly dispatched a repair truck. The repair truck was driven by George (pronounced Hor-hey). Horhey was a nice guy and he tried REALLY hard to fix that keyhole - using the latest technology (which consisted of an unbent paperclip and some WD-40).
Ultimately, however, Horhey was defeated. So he called me a tow truck.
The tow truck arrived and it was driven by Francisco (pronounced Pancho). Pancho took one look at my car and informed me that he couldn't tow it because it was All Wheel Drive and he was gonna have to order a flatbed for it.
Which was gonna take at least an hour.
"Really? An hour?" I said.
And okay, there may've been whining at that point because I was thinking about all the work time I've missed over the last few weeks between my back going out and having the Black Death and all.
At which point Pancho goes "well, lemmee try something."
Apparently, Pancho is VERY susceptible to whining because next thing I knew, he had my car up on some kind of wheeled cart in the back so that my back wheels were off the ground and resting on this contraption he built and off we drove to tow my car to the mechanic.
Yeah, I had to have my car towed because the A#()$&)!! key doesn't fit in the ignition any more.
I am now awaiting the dreaded call from the mechanic to tell me how much I'm going to have to pay through the nose to fix this. Did I mention that my car is a brand that doesn't EXIST any more because it didn't survive the whole economic meltdown? Yeah, it's a LOT of fun to try to get any repairs done on it.
And now some housekeeping items:
I did manage to get the contest post updated with more pics so be sure to go check it out. That's still not everything that's in the prize package, but I got some stuff photo'd. Contest ends tonight at midnight Pacific time so be sure to go leave a comment on that post if you haven't done so already!
Thanks for all the comments on Ryan's achievement and on my necklaces - all very much appreciated!!
To Mel who asked about waxed cording: I got mine from Ornamentea, but there are plenty of good on-line sources such as Rings 'N Things as well.
If you or anyone you know is into rubber stamping or uses stamps for beady-related stuff such as poly clay or metal clay, I'm going through another round of de-stashing my immense stamp collection. I started listing new stuff last night and will continue throughout the week. Be sure to check it out and/or forward on the link.
I gots car repairs to pay for ya know!
Tune in tomorrow to find out who won the Blogoversary contest!