Yesterday morning I cruised happily to work in my new-to-me van.
I pulled into my usual spot, turned off the radio, and disembarked (You don’t get out of this vehicle. The seat is so high from the ground, you must disembark.). I couldn’t help but cast a last look back and a smile before entering the building So shiny and bright white in the morning sunlight…
Well, she was still shiny and bright when I came out at 4:00, but she was definitely dead. A friend hooked up some jumper cables, and after several minutes of revving and turning the key, nothing. Absolutely nothing, rigor mortis, not even a faint clicking of the starter.
Hoo-boy. Forty miles from home and I’m stuck.
Luckily I was able to catch a ride with my friend. We both agreed, “This is a problem for tomorrow.”
On the bright side, when I had called GEICO last week to put insurance on the van, I decided to keep my 1996 Honda Odyssey covered as well, at least until it is sold. The Honda was at home, my trusty ol’ pal, ready to take me to work today.
I went to bed early.
Once I was out the door this morning, I called on my cell for the tow truck guy to meet me nearby and follow me to work. Soon my check for $125 was in his pocket. There’s a sad sight: your newly purchased vehicle moving past the window, high atop the flatbed of a tow truck.
At lunchtime I called the garage to hear the bad news.
“Started right up, no problem,” the garage guy announced. What? I couldn’t believe it! This was good news because it meant I probably wouldn’t be charged anything, but I could still feel a slight sting from the tow bill. And what does this mean? I have to wonder when the van will have another fit of temporary paralysis?
“Yeah, we started it up several times. The battery is fine. There does seem to be a draw on it though. We looked but we couldn’t find it.”
I asked him about the power inverter thingy in the back and he said they disconnected it. He advised me to take it to an auto electric guy. After work I drove the van to the auto electric guy and left the Honda with the garage guy. The auto electric guy said he will check it tomorrow, Saturday.
So. How was your day?