OK, so now that my cognitive disorder is less of an issue due to new treatment, I was happy to go to the doctor offices (two of them) in the big city and not get lost for a change, because for years now, I’ve had issues with direction, and could lose an hour or more every time I traveled. Sounds weird, I know, but that’s how it is. (click brain fog tab below for info)

Anyway, yesterday I only made one wrong turn, made every appointment on time, ran all my errands, and got back from grocery and was feeling so good about my adulting.

Then, as I was driving down my winding mountain road on the way home, my engine light came on and smoke started pouring out from under my hood. I mean, what luck…

I was able to make it to a roadside antique shop parking lot: since I don’t have a cell phone, I figured I could use the shop phone.

It was closed.

As God is my witness, I hadn’t been there for 5 minutes when a van pulled up behind me with its transmission falling out. The driver had a cell phone. So I was able to call AAA. Dude with van and 85 year-old mother in car did not have AAA he said, but I told him I’d let him use my miles as well so he could get out of there.

Aren’t I a mensch?

Turns out, he DID have AAA, his membership had yet to expire after all. YAY! I also called my family to tell them it’d be a long wait for the tow, so please come get my groceries. Then I doled out bottles of chai tea for the weary travelers stuck in the parking lot.

I really am a mensch.

But the owner of the little shop showed up while we were sitting there and barked that we were taking up parking lot space. How dare we? And I thought, how considerate! Like he had any customers. And an 85-year old lady in a van, what was she going to do, walk 20 miles to the next town?

So I went in the shop figuring if I made a purchase that would take the sting of it out for him, and as luck would have it, he had a copy of a first edition of children’s poems with illustrations by Maxfield Parrish! Would never have seen it if my car hadn’t died, and if that isn’t the priority list of a geek, I don’t know what is.

Since I had my iPod and a notebook with me, I sat in the car and got some work done. The weather was beautiful.

In no time my folks showed up, and minutes later, the tow truck as well, two hours earlier than predicted.

On the down side, since I’d had to go in for tests, I was unable to take my meds before the tests and unable to eat within an hour of meds, so I ended up not eating until 4 PM and nearly fainted.

On the plus side, the car is already fixed and the bill wasn’t too big.


Did you finish reading all this? You deserve a medal.