Drive (35 th day) me crazy, Monday…

Catchy opening lines are important to attract and retain readers. So says Word Press. Hmmm. I’m writing for me (sometimes). Ok, the good, I picked a five gallon bucket of tomatoes and cucumbers last night before the mosquitos finished me off. We ground up the Roma tomatoes and some of the blemished larger tomatoes and put three gallons of tomato puree in the freezer. This will come back to life this winter as tomato gravy. No picking tonight, I got home late and there is a thunderstorm brewing.

The bad, I had it out with DS1 about college financing tonight, again. I think he might finally get it.  Some times I feel like the lone apostle of common sense in this crazy world. Sorry, I just had to vent a little. No real details are necessary. If you have children and they survive to college age without you eating them (joke), then you will understand.

Ah, you have been waiting for it…wait for it…wait for it, the ugly. Seems that DS3 had his first day in about two weeks today. He was looking a little like what the cat dragged in, so a day off was in order. He drives (drove) a 1991 Ford Taurus station wagon. 136,xxx miles, some small issues. It did start and stop. It was the perfect, cheap car to drive from home to the high school and back for senior year. Round trip, about eight miles. Well, today, he and his buddy, decided to drive the car to the Freehold Mall. It’s about sixty miles each way.  You can guess that the car has not yet made it home.  I left work at 5 pm, drove south on the GSP and got off at my exit and just by chance while sitting at the light about to enter the development, I looked at my phone. A text! Wahoo, my favorite.

Not this text, the message read that the kids went to the Freehold Mall and now the car is dead in Lakewood. Ah, Lakewood is about 30 miles north of where I read the message, not really to far from where I work. I was unhappy, it was a really good thing that nobody was in the car for the next 30 minutes while I drove back north to rescue the boys.  I found them in a gas station, red transmission fluid covering the ground under the car. I quick assessment and I called Allstate towing. They towed the car to a local transmission shop. I had DS3 remove anything of value from the car since if the repair is much money, the car goes to the junk yard. DS3 is not allowed a car at college and we were going to try to sell it this month before he goes back to school. Now he is without transportation for the next 26 days until school starts.

I guess that scenario is worst case. DS3 said they hit a pot hole and then the car started shifting poorly and smoke was coming out from under the hood. They got the car off the road into the gas station where I found them.  Best case would be a minor repair, not seeming likely to me. Stay tuned, tomorrow we will know.  So, no lacrosse tonight. Maybe a beer or two to settle down. Tomorrow is another day and they are both safe and sound in their homes tonight. Things can be replaced, right?

Picture time, here are some of the vegetables I picked last night sitting on the table, drying after they got a good bath.

Vegetables from the garden

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lorifinnigan
    Aug 02, 2011 @ 00:54:59

    Peter it must be today…if my day had gotten any worse somebody was getting a serious ass-shanking. Glad the kids are okay, and you’re right. Things can be replaced.


    • limeguy50
      Aug 02, 2011 @ 12:41:07

      Yea, I hope it was just the day. Then we finally had birthday cake for the oldest last night. Everybody was home in the evening at the same time! Such swings of mood and tempo. Not my right down the middle of the road plan.


  2. Megan
    Aug 02, 2011 @ 09:32:57

    Hello P keep being the voice of sanity, it is how we were raised and what keeps a roof over our heads, I am sure to have many a “tussle” as stepson 16 1/2 visits for August. I have had the “save money” speech several times…working so far…yes, things can be replaced, we grow when facing adversity. Your garden haul looks cool. Maybe a long bike ride tonight ok? I know I will! Land of the intern training and really cool work stuff and then, impending visit to plan. Life is not always what we plan okay?


  3. Christina
    Aug 02, 2011 @ 16:53:54

    Yes things can be replaced.Love to you and all three DS and DW.


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