I Has It.
With the week I've been having, it seemed almost poetic that Friday the 13th would be no better.
It was worse. Much worse.
Oh, it started off alright. I drove in early, snagging a prime parking space inside as the weather office predicted a stormy day. In my office (Room 3013 believe it or not), as I counted down the hours to the weekend, I received a notification to inform my co-workers that three funnel clouds had been spotted and we were under a Tornado Watch for the city.
Great. We don't get those very often, but we take them seriously since last year when a deadly F5 hit north of here.
But what was more unnerving was that it's rare to get one inside the City.
So I kept the radio tuned, reviewed emergency procedures with staff, informed my family by cellphone and tried unsuccessfully to concentrate on work again.
After five hours, the Watch was lifted and we breathed easier, joking about the irony of the date.
That would be all the Gods of Fate would throw at me, right?
When I drove daughter to Starbucks for her evening shift, I heard a familiar "ding!" from the van's dash on the way home.
"Weird", I thought. "I HAVE half a tank of gas."
Obviously preturbed I was ignoring it, the warning quickly developed into something along the lines of:
I began to worry. No, scratch that.
I. Began. To. Freak.
The temperature gauge needle strained in an attempt to propel itself beyond the highest setting.
I envisioned the red hot engine rocketing free of my hood.
Luckily I was close to home, pulled into the driveway and immediately turned it off.
Fluids and steam were spewing out, a trail of coolant flowing down our drive into the street....
So today my baby was admitted to the car hospital and I am nervously awaiting the prognosis. I am also hoping today's thunderstorms wash away the antifreeze I so obviously polluted the road with.
Will I still have a car?
Will we be out auto shopping today?
Will I have anything left in my bank account?
Will we get out to buy some Father's Day gifts?
I am crossing my fingers for good news.
After all, it's not the 13th anymore, is it?
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