January 28, 2011

The Great Thundersnow Commute: Epilogue

i woke up at 6am the morning after my commuting ordeal, unable to go back to sleep due to Elevated Fret Levels about my car. was it still there? was it completely plowed in by now? did someone else push a car into the same lot and lose control and hit it overnight? how much was it going to cost me to fix whatever the hell was wrong with it?

when i eventually called Geico later that morning, i could not have talked to a nicer, more helpful agent, who assured me that they'd get a tow truck out there just as soon as possible. which happened to be anywhere from 6 to 12 hours, given how many cars were currently requiring assistance. oh well. i settled in and worked from home for the day, and at about 6pm got the call that a truck was on its way to pick up my little civic. we got my car loaded up, towed it to my mechanic, and left it there overnight.

so this morning, i called my mechanic to give him the background on the dead car that had been dropped off on his doorstep overnight.

"oh yeah, the civic," he said. "i have NO IDEA what's wrong with it."

my heart sunk. this was going to be more expensive than i thought.

"i mean, it turned on fine this morning. we drove it around the block a few times," he continued.

it's... completely fine. they couldn't find any problems; it's turned on over and over all day long and is running smoothly.

so, yeah. my car apparently just had a hissy fit after 4 hours in traffic.

i, however? am leaving on a cruise for the bahamas tomorrow. i'll catch you guys on the flip side.


  1. If anyone needs a cruise in the Bahamas right now, it is YOU. Go have fun!!

  2. Could there have been better Bahamas cruise timing?!?

  3. Boy, do you ever deserve this vacation! Have a great time!

  4. Well, I was feeling sorry for you until that last paragraph. haha!

    Have fun!

  5. I would have just stopped working too after a 4 hour commute in snow (crazy ass scary snow!). Glad it isn't anything that cost money. PHEW.

    Hope you having a fantastic time on your cruise!

  6. Cars and electronics would like us to think they have no sort of personality, but I'm on to them, I know they do.

    Have a wonderful time!

  7. Our car broke last week and I was all fretty fret fret about how much it was going to cost to fix it (our warranty just expired, OF COURSE.) Turns out it was all covered by recalls that we were completely unaware of. Dude, we paid NOTHING to have our car fixed. It was amazing.
    I hope you have a fabulous time on your cruise!

  8. My Civic did that once! It was literally the only problem I ever had with it. The only difference is that my car wasn't running and died, it had been sitting unused for a few days, then wouldn't crank when I needed it. I had it towed to the mechanic, too, and it started right up and they couldn't find anything wrong with it. They didn't want to give it back to me, though, until they figured it out, so they kept it for TWO WEEKS. I about went crazy. Finally, they basically just shrugged and gave it back to me. It never had any more problems until it died for good.

  9. Wo Cruise in the Bahamas!!

    Once upon a time (when I was young and had just brought my first car) I got stuck in a parking lot, because nothing would happen when I turned my ignition key - except for a faint sound, reminicient of a frog dying.

    I panicked, and called my dad, and a mechanic friend, and when they finally arrived, and I told them about the frog sound they pretty much collapsed on the ground laughing at me.

    I on the other hand hovered protectively by my precious car.

    Mechanic friend finally picked himself up off the ground and glanced casually inside, before announcing "it won't start because it's in Drive, not Park.

    Now they bring it up every time I go home, and laugh at me.