24.Dec.2013 “Up in Smoke!”

If I ever have had a close call this one may take the cake. But it makes for an entertaining story. It is a story I can file in the “Someone’s watching over you” file.

I got up last Saturday morning on a mission to buy a car. Trusting a dealer back home, I jumped in my clunker, a 2000 Saturn with over 200,000 miles on it, and I headed south.

I returned home and went to the car dealership and ended up buying a car. It is a 2009 Ford Focus SE and I like it a lot. It has low miles on it and gets great gas mileage. It even has a remote starter, which I have quickly become thankful for here in Minnesota.

Upon returning home in my new ride, I hitched a lift with my brother back to the dealership so I could get my old car and take it home. I was prepared to sell it for whatever I could get.

Halt that plan.

Four miles south of the dealership, I lost oil pressure, my car began to cut out, and suddenly it made a very loud noise no car lover likes to hear. I then saw lots of white smoke. Not good. It was metal aganst metal…ruined.

I pulled over and my car was clearly done. I carefully opened he hood and smoke began lightly rolling out. There clearly was no fire, just smoke.

I know very little about cars, but I am assuming I most likely threw a rod or something. It sounded bad but it was too dark and I was too mad to look at it before we towed it. I will assess the damage while I am home for Christmas.

Meanwhile, I write this back in Minnesota and am enjoying my new car a lot. Somebody was truly watching out for me on Saturday.

The car surely could have died somewhere between Worthington and home, but instead, it died near my home where I had family to come help me out.

While some people choose to call all of this luck, I call them blessings.

Afterwards, I was chatting with my brother on the phone. He brought up a good point. I got that car when I was a sophomore in high school, which is about 10 years ago. It had 29,000 miles on it. We had been through a lot together. It was actually kind of fun to watch it blow up.

I hope you all had a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  That’s my call from the sidelines of life.


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