Thursday, December 6, 2012
Close to Nowhere
Check engine light
• Last Wednesday, a really cold day, my check engine light started blinking on the way to work and my car was running funny.
Naturally, I panicked, immediately going for the gloom and doom scenario -- new engine, new car, lots of money to be spent -- and right at Christmas.
Called work and Barbara told me that her check engine light had come on last week -- turned out she needed coolant. Her daughter’s car had the same problem -- coolant fixed it. Pam’s car also had the identical problem as Barbara’s that same day.
I called my wonderful mechanic, who said bring it on to him. He put it on his extra-fancy computer checker, read what it told him (I didn’t understand a thing it said) and pronounced a coil was bad.
Naturally my car couldn’t have had something easy like coolant, etc. But, on the bright side, it only took my wonderful mechanic about an hour or so to order the part, install it and have me back in a smooth-running car again. (Misfiring makes your engine run really funny!)
When I got to work, I found out Sue’s car needed to go to the shop also -- she’d hit a deer and had to get her bumper fixed.
• Turns out, not only car trouble at Christmas, but cold and flu troubles. The late Erma Bombeck wrote many times about how she knew all the drug stores that were open, the doctors who would see you, etc., over the holidays. She was puzzled that not everyone had sick family members during Christmas.
I can really empathize with that. My household usually picks the holidays to get sick. And I’ve heard that flu season started a month or so early and it’s been bad so far.
The day before Thanksgiving, I felt bad. I felt worse Thanksgiving Day and the day after I knew I was sick! I missed church Sunday, hoping the rest would help. It didn’t.
I stayed sick pretty much all week, but the day my check engine light (on the car, not mine personally) came on, I was better somewhat.
I had to take Remy to Memphis, Tenn., to the doctor Wednesday after my car was fixed. It made me really tired. Thursday, I took Pop to doctor in Memphis. The waiting room heat was around 110° and by the time we left, I was really sick again.
Tuesday, as I write this, I’m better, but still coughing. Pop has been sick a couple days, Kris is sick and Mere and Trey are coming down with it.
I think we all need a check engine light and a computer guru to read it!
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