Unhappy Coincidence

Posted By on July 25, 2005

“At Least I Got Two Hours For Lunch”

.: Last week I took my car to the mechanic to change the oil, replace the timing belt, and replace the water pump. That was $728.29. My car made it to New Orleans and back without a problem1.

.: This morning, I went to work. At 11:50, I went to lunch. After lunch, I went back to work, or at least I tried to go back to work. My car had other plans2. “Ah well,” assumed I, “when the tow-truck gets here at least there will be air conditioning.” One should not assume such things.

.: Rufus—I didn’t catch his real name, but this one fits—didn’t use air conditioning. He had it, he just didn’t use it. His tow-truck had every other amenity conceivable, (the most disconcerting being the four-by-six inch TV screen on the dashboard) but for some reason air conditioning was not a luxury in which Rufus would indulge.

.: The mechanics took my car and gave me a ride back to work. I arrived more that two hours after I had left, making today’s lunch break the longest lunch break I’ve ever had. Also, interestingly enough, it was the longest lunch break I’ve ever had where I had no lunch.

.: When I got home (most thanks to Susan for driving me there), everything of mine was broken in one way or another. My key to the front door would not unlock the lock on the door, something a key ought to be able to do. My recent Dean’s List certificate would no longer stay in its broken frame. My desktop computer would not play any sound; my backup computer would not connect to the internet; and my laptop would not work without first being reformatted.

.: Then I got a phone call from Alicia. On this happiest of days, she had such wonderful news to share with me. “Cody, your car is crap. Also, I have a new car.” I must say, her timing was impeccable.

1.) In this scenario, broken air conditioning and leaking tires are to be considered nuisances, not problems.

2.) Other plans:

8:15 — Drive owner to work.
8:30 – 11:30 — Gradually absorb sun’s energy and become unbearably hot in passenger compartment.
11:30 — Drive owner to Target.
12:30 — Infuriate owner by overheating engine mere days after expensive repairs.

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4 Responses to “Unhappy Coincidence”

  1. Anonymous says:

    alicia got a new car?! that’s excitement. i’ll have to give her a ring.

  2. susan says:

    yeah…that last one was me.

  3. Julia says:


  4. Anonymous says:

    r u not gay…. or ru ?