Well, I missed a day but I’ll still call this blogging day 4.
I was expecting today to suck, for Personal Reasons I won’t go into, but almost immediately it started sucking much more. First, I parked my 13-year-old minivan outside a coffee shop where I was going to spend a few minutes prior to the Personal Reason. When I walked to the door I discovered the place was no longer a coffee shop at all, but a pizza joint that wasn’t even open yet.
So I got back in the car to drive to the Starbucks a few blocks away, but Oscar (the Odyssey) was acting funny. Vibrating. That’s not a good sign, right? I drove a bit and decided I must have punctured a tire. I stopped in a parking lot and walked around the vehicle, examining (more like glaring at) the tires. They looked fine. I started Oscar up again and noticed that two of the warning lights on the dash were brightly lit. A bad sign indeed.
I called the Honda dealer and explained the problem. The man on the phone agreed that it was indeed a bad sign and we agreed I should bring Oscar to them for treatment. He couldn’t really say whether it was safe to drive it. Probably?
After the Personal Reason, I drove to Hondaville in my vibrating, lighted-warning-sign minivan. Safely. So it all could’ve been worse.
“We’ll need to keep it all day,” said the Honda Dude.
So now I’m at home with no car and I can’t do the errands I was planning to do today and I’m afraid Honda Dude will call and tell me Oscar needs to be put down.
It has been my longstanding plan to keep the minivan until both kids are grown and gone, even though it would be kind of groovy to have a new car. Why?
- Teenager 1 will obtain her license very soon and will sometimes drive my car. Do I want a teenager driving my brand new car? No, I do not.
- Same teenager will need to be delivered to a college dorm in about 1.5 years. Then moved back home for the summer. And so forth. Minivan = lots of space to haul teen’s possessions.
- Repeat all of above with teen 2.
So please bow your heads, friends, and pray for a full and speedy recovery for Oscar.