June 9th, 2010


The best laid plans ...

Here is my original plan for today:
Run 9 miles on the pretty trail
get home with time to ice my knees and cool down, shower
meet boyfriend for lunch (sushi)
dentist at 3p for filling

This plan started to implode at around 4:45p yesterday at the same time my car did.  Well to be fair, the car didn't implode it overheated.  But to someone not very versed in mechanical things - when large amounts of white smoke are pouring out from underneath the hood of the car you are driving implosion is as good an explanation as any.

I spent some time on the highway denying that there was smoke, or that it was coming from my car, trying to baby it to the exit I had originally planned to take.  That worked but on city streets (and with stoplights) the smoke pouring out of the car could no longer be denied.  I pulled into the parking area of an apartment community and opened the hood while thinking "please don't let there be flames".  (Like I said, I am not so mechanically savy.)  From there I called J and verizon defeated us, so I called the LBO for my current show who also knows about cars.  I described the situation: "lots of white smoke, there's green fluid in puddles on things in the engine" and he knew immediately I had overheated.  He met me where I was parked and added some fluid to the radiator.  I asked if I could still drive it and he said sure but to take it easy.  Sadly I took this to mean I could still run the errand I had planned to do on the way to the theatre (sometimes I am not so smart).  But the car got to Trader Joe's without problem.  It was from there to the theatre that the car stalled out in the parking lot.  Then I got it started and a few blocks away it started smoking again.  And the check engine light came on.  And then it stalled again, in the middle lane of a three lane road.  Quick quiz - do you know where your hazzard lights are?

Eventually I made it to the theatre nearly on time and set about to do a show.  The LBO and props guy took a look at my car and told me driving home would be really not smart, which I try not to do more than once a day.  So I parked the car somewhere it wouldn't get a ticket and caught a ride home.

Here is the actual of today:
-Run 4 miles on the streets by home
-realize that if I want to make the best timed train I have 20 minutes to shower, change and eat something
-finish buying ticket for train as it comes to a stop at station
-get car from parking lot, drive it to garage (talking to it nicely the whole way) for estimate
-walk from garage to lunch (jack in the box)
-walk from lunch to dentist
-Get my filling which was shallow enough that it only took about 10 minutes and no numbing - whee!
-walk to theatre and read until building opens for us

By the numbers I ran four miles but walked five 6.5, and the car is going to cost about $700 for a new radiator, hoses, and thermostat.  So today wasn't at all what I thought it would be, but turned out to be not so horrid as I thought.  I'll get the car back tomorrow and can worry about all the rest of my errands then.

So, how was your day?