sunday morning breaking down

From left to right:  the blond sprouts of Owen’s hair against his black car seat, Emilie’s staring into the bottom of a bag of gas station pretzels, Maddie’s disgust over her confinement to a car seat with no car, and Lola’s attempt to shield her pasty legs from the sun via a discarded coloring book.

This is what happens when you smell electrical smoke from the engine and then your alternator quits working on a Sunday morning at 10:30am in Buckhead.

Then, you call a tow truck to take your minivan to the dealer to be serviced when they open the next day. Hopefully.

And then, you call a cab–a “van cab,” actually–so that the six of you can get to a rental car facility to get a replacement vehicle as soon as possible.

But, shitty Checker Cabs says it’ll be 15 minutes when they mean 1 hour, 15 minutes, meaning Pretty Bride is not where she’s supposed to be at 11am and instead arrives around 2pm, because after the cab is late, we can’t find a car rental place that’s open until we finally find Avis in downtown and get a Chevy Traverse like the one I test drove at the M3 Summit just a few weeks ago.

And then it’s okay, because the Traverse is big enough for a bunch of car seats AND a bunch of shelves and mannequins and displays (not at the same time, though)!  And the day gets better, as I get to see some friends and eat popsicles!

And finally crests with this sight upon coming home a few hours later:

Future lead singer of a U2 cover band, perhaps?

In other news, I got to see Dave from Blogography and meet Diana‘s family Saturday night, which was WAY FUNNER than anything forced upon me on Sunday!  Thanks for the proactive reprieve, y’all.

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  1. I’m sorry to hear of your troubles, but I have to admit I enjoyed the photo, especially Maddie’s expression. It makes it worth it. Well, for me, anyway. 😉

  2. Titus Welliver attacked your minivan?!?

  3. I totally thought that was PB sitting on the ground between the kids.

  4. Awww – well I’m glad everything worked out and the day got better!
    I’m jealous of your meet-up!

  5. This is probably somehow my fault… I mean, your minivan was working just fine before I blew into town, wasn’t it?


  6. 1. I’ve just noticed your new header, which, with its homage to the General Lee, is sheer brilliance.

    2. Sorry about the Tide. I wasn’t sure who to pull for – I want an SEC team in the title game, but I also wanted to see a Boise State – TCU championship. Oh well, at least one of those is still an option.

  7. @free man, Not sure whom to pull for? That hurts. Glad you like the homage to the “Dukes,” at least.

  8. “Quit being a pussyboy and cowboy up”? I love you even more for using that line and I think I just found the person I want to raise my daughter if anything were to ever happen to me…

  9. Hey! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok. I’m definitely enjoying your blog
    and look forward to new posts.

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