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Things I have learned....
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Cindi    Posted 08-09-2003 at 20:53:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
All the bad stuff happens at bedtime when you are dog tired.

Just when you start to get that cozy feeling that any minute you could doze off and sleep for days, that's when the phone will ring and there will be a kid on the other end...

"Mom, my battery is dead. The truck won't start."

"Did you jiggle the cables?"


What was that hesitation?

"Are you sure you jiggled them well?"

"Mom......I'm good at jiggling....okay?"

I was stretched out on the couch praying that she was going to say no...dang...I didn't think to jiggle the cables...hang on (jiggling in back ground, engine starts successfully)..oh hey, I got it. Never mind.

No such luck.

"Where's Paul? Tell him if he'll pick you up from work and bring you home I'll reward him handsomely with mucho gas money."

"I tried to call him, I think everyone at his house is in bed."

Stupid boyfriend. What the heck was he doing in bed at this hour on a Saturday night? Many many bad words in my mind. The last thing I wanted to do was get dressed and go after this child, but she's my baby. When it became clear that I could not get out of it...

"All right sweet heart, I'm on my way." Maternal concern oozing out of my voice like warm syrup on a hot bisquit. Now I was the valiant savior, her only light in a dark lonely night. Once I got over my selfishness I couldn't get there fast enough. Poor baby. She didn't deserve this after a long afternoon in front of a cash register. Stupid battery, just going dead like that for no good reason.

There she was standing in front of the grocery store, useless truck parked nearby. She climbed in, strangely quiet, as though she was waiting. It hit me the minute I got a look at her guilty little face.

"Stupid battery just to go dead like that, huh." I said.

No answer.

"You said you jiggled the cables, huh, and nothing. Stupid battery."


Here it comes.

"I didn't really jiggle them."



"Why not?"

"It wouldn't have done any good."

I hit the brakes and we stared at each other as cars went around us in the parking lot.

"What do you mean?"

"I mean..." she looked me dead in the eye..."it does no good to jiggle the cables when you leave the lights on for seven hours. The battery is DEAD mom."

I sighed and glanced down at the floorboard and my tony the tiger slippers that were staring back up at me.

"You had the lights on in the rain? You finally remembered to turn the lights on when it's raining?" I didn't think she'd ever get to where she would do that, gray truck, gray road, gray rain, bad combination.

"Yeah." A bit of trembling hope in that voice. I put the truck in drive.

"Good girl. You did good. Now if you can just remember to turn them off as well, we'll be in business."

Um...    Posted 08-10-2003 at 04:18:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Must be a Northern thing, but up here they have an invention called 'Battery Jumper Cables'...

Everyone (except flatlanders) have at least one set in their rig at all times...

I am betting that at least one good old boy that was driving around you while you were staring at each other had a set or the wherewithall to rig an old extension cord to work...

Did she even ask anyone for a jump?...Heck...My 6-year old would tell ya how to hook the cables, and then she'd clean the sparkplug on your chainsaw for good measure...

Salmoneye, who in addition to his requisite jumper cables has tools and a come-along and 50 feet of chain in his vehicle...Oh yeah...And a chainsaw, two jacks...And a Blaupunkt stereo ;-)

Les    Posted 08-09-2003 at 22:15:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Once your kids learn a hard lesson, do they retain it?

Um    Posted 08-10-2003 at 04:58:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
...yes, we have jumper cables down here, but Jill is not allowed to approach customers of the store for such a service and there was no one at work that had cables or could take time off to go jump her truck.

I had jumper cables in my truck, but since I have to go back to town today I saw no reason to fumble around in the dark when I can do it today in the daylight. Either way I had to make the trip.

It depends on the lesson Les. If it inconveniences them, yes, usually, if it inconveniences someone else, it's a toss up.

Salmoneye    Posted 08-10-2003 at 05:48:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
"Jill is not allowed to approach customers of the store for such a service"


I'm sure there must be some wonderful corporate reasoning behind that, but I am happy I could not understand it if it was explained to me...

We are all in this together...Does that mean that a customer is not 'allowed' to ask for the same type of 'service' in a time of need, or God forbid, an actual emergency?...

"I'm sorry Sir, it is against our policy to allow customers to use the business lines for personal calls...We can give you change for a dollar though and there is a pay-phone around the corner so you can call 911"...

Ron,Ar    Posted 08-10-2003 at 06:49:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Now, Salmoneye, ya have ta remember that things are different in Florida, remember the last Presidential election? They don't do things like the rest of us.
Just kidding Cindi, but I have to agree with the rest of them. Planning avoids problems. My daughters birthday is two days after Christmas. When she was a senior in high school we bought her a used car for Christmas. For her birthday she got a GOOD set of jumper cables and a 25 ft 5/16 chain. That was 11 yrs ago. I know she still has the chain.

Cindi    Posted 08-10-2003 at 06:00:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know, it sucks, but I think it's more a 'she's a kid' thing. They probably have more than their share of kids showing up for work with extenuating circumstances.

She probably could have snuck around and did it anyway, but she did what she was told. Call someone.

If I worked there, I doubt very seriously if they would have to nerve to tell me that I couldn't ask someone for help in the parking lot, because they would know that I am an adult and would question it and most likely tell them to take a hike and shove their job where the sun don't shine. But since there's any number of teenagers jockeying for jobs at any given moment, they don't argue.

You have to remember the assistant manager is in his early twenties and probably making up the rules as he goes.

Apparently...    Posted 08-10-2003 at 06:05:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
I live a very sheltered life...

And I thought I was so worldly too...

Guess I will just stay in my little corner of the universe and keep my head in the sand...Some nice folks in here with me...


Jimbob    Posted 08-10-2003 at 06:40:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Amen to the sheltered life. We also live it thru careful planning..........and it works!

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