I Knit This Much….

……Last night while stranded in the middle of the road, on my way to knitting, while waiting for the tow truck to show up. (On rt 19 south, just past Scott Rd, between the two big churches, for my local readers.)

This is a busy road especially on a Friday night. I was all happily singing along to the radio, driving to every other Friday night’s knitting group, the one I had been looking forward to all week, btw, when suddenly, no warning, my car just stops. No time to even change lanes or pull into a parking lot. It felt like when your driving and run out of gas, but I had just filled up.

At first I thought it was the battery, because I drive the VW more in the summer,and the Jeep might not have had a good charge, but I’m taking it out more and more, to get it road ready, and it had just had an oil change 2 days ago and all, so I did think battery was unlikely. A nice man and his wife pulled up and asked if I needed help, and I told him it might just be the battery, so he pulled around, and I had my cables, but no go. It just choked.
Thanks jebus for Triple A. Even though my membership had expired, and I had to renew on the phone before they sent help, for the one or two times I need them a year, it is *so* worth it. Particularly when stuck in the middle of the road.
This whole thing happened between 7:25 last night and 8:45. I didn’t have to wait too long for the driver, and I had him tow me just a mile or two down the road to the dealer, where Brandt picked me up. It’s now having a full (expensive) tune up, and should be good to go for quite awhile. I hope.
It reminds me of one of the Yarn Harlots essays, about how knitting makes you patient, and I can wait all day somewhere, with my knitting in hand. Even Brandt said when he picked me up, at least you had your knitting. The man, he gets it.
Day 4- Happy Birthday Pittsburgh! 250th Birthday celebrations all day, and a huge, huge fireworks display tonight. We’re going.

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12 Responses to I Knit This Much….

  1. Maritza says:

    Gah, that sucks! And I totally agree about knitting. I can sit anywhere for any amount of time as long as I have my knitting (or a good book) with me.

  2. sil says:

    Dude, what a rockin looking sock to be stuck with. So pretty! Sucks about the car, car stuff is the worst.

  3. Kelllie says:

    and that is precisely why I always have knitting with me, lol! I have the patience of a saint as long as I have my sticks and string!

  4. Manise says:

    Thank God for the pretty sock and a quick tow truck. I’ve had friends with AAA wait 2 and 3 hours for a tow.

  5. Ruth says:

    AAA saved my behind last summer, when they sent a nice man to my parent’s house to replace my van’s dead battery.

    That yarn is awfully pretty.

  6. Liz says:

    We had the same thing happen to our car on the way home from Niagara Falls in July, unfortunately we were on the highway, which was under construction, there was nowhere to pull over & it was night time! It was very scary but finally my husband coasted to a flat spot on the grass (we were going about 10 mph at this point). Triple A came in 15 minutes!

  7. Carole says:

    I’m glad you weren’t hurt!

  8. carol says:

    Auto Assistance is a wonderful thing! I’ve had to call them a few times over the years and the money I spent on it was soooooo worth it!

  9. crzjane says:

    He’s a keeper!

  10. gleek says:

    that happened to us once. we at least were able to coast to the side of the road.. and the car started again after we let it sit for a bit. totally weird! was the dealership able to diagnose the problem? they should have been able to hook it up to the computer and get the code that indicates what caused the car to fail and shut off.

  11. Seanna Lea says:

    Knitting does allow me to be more patient, though it didn’t help when this type of thing happened to my hubby and myself.

    Before we sold the car, we were driving a friend home when we hit something in the middle of the road. One of my friends called Triple A, which was great! We needed a new tire and a few other things done to the car. And what we hit? Someone had pulled the manhole cover out and it was lying in the middle of the road. Gah.

    I’m glad that you were able to knit and get relatively quick assistance!

  12. Jennifer says:

    Well, at least you got stuck in Mt. Lebanon, and not some other part of town, so it could have been much, much worse. (Can you tell I’m from Lebo?) Plus knitting helps.