What I Did During My Good Friday Vacation


A paper by boo.

The plan for this Friday was Girls Night Out so LunarGeography offered to pick me up from work and drive us to the festivities. First we had to zoom back to her house to medicate a kitty then we were going to swing by Kroger’s for snacks before landing on TheRCK’s doorstep. Thus at 5:30ish we set out on the first leg of our jaunt, with coffees (because coffee makes a snowy day cozier!).

By 6:00 we discovered that our planned route down Geddes (bypassing the sloppier more crowded Washtenaw) was a mistake, as people could no longer get up the hill after the park. They also weren’t able to get back up the hill at the top of the cemetery anymore so a good mile stretch of road became one slippery ice rink with impassable east and west endpoints. Sadly, we were in the middle.

But! Some cars were able to tough it out a-spinning and a-sliding with their engines screaming bloody murder until they could reach a side road that could get them somewhere or even the top of the hill of utter iciness if they had a good running start. LG’s car was one of those plucky cars right up to the point that the electrical system gave out.

ZORCH! Doah. LG called for a tow and got an estimated time of arrival of 2 hours since everybody everywhere was also sliding all over the place. Stoopid spring blizzard. We spent the next two hours pushing cars up the hill with some of the other hopelessly trapped travelers and some of the local neighbors. I think we rescued 10, maybe more cars but my personal accomplishment high point was getting a full sized pick-up truck that did not have four wheel drive far enough up Geddes so he could take the side road bypass. It took six of us 40 minutes to manhandle that beastie about a block and a half.

Hey, at least I got my work out hours covered for Friday, but I’m not sure the Active U program has a pull down choice for “Pushing cars up an icy incline for 2 hours in the cold and snow”. I also got completely covered in truck road slush slop since I cleverly was pushing right behind the drive wheel.

One of the neighbor women took pity on our poor frozen selves and offered to take us back to her warm house to wait for the tow truck. She even offered to fix us some hot tea. We said, “Yes please, thank you, we love you wonderful person stranger” because two hours of pushing moroons just gets you went and cold.

Shelia, the awesome lady with awesome tea and an awesome house (with a POTTY! Perhaps coffee right after work and right before getting your car hopelessly mired wasn’t the best idea), fixed us tea and nachos while we waited for the tow truck to call. And waited. And waited until around 9pm LG called AAA back and asked where her tow was. AAA said it was on the way so we bid our adieus and Shelia drove us back to the car. LG and I sat and waited. And waited, and talked, and got kinda cold because the car had no power. 40 minutes later, LG called up and asked where the hell her tow was.

Tow? Oh, yeah. About that, there was an emergency and they diverted the truck that was “on the way”. It’ll be another hour before we can get anyone to you. Kthnxbai.

Oh LG was fit to be tied. However, we were saved again by Shelia who came driving back out to see what was going on and took us back to her house for more warm and more tea. Shelia gets the citizen of the year award and if you ever run into her, let her know she is the BOMB! Then, finally, we got a call around 11pm that the truck was truly most sincerely on the way so we trundled back to the car. Indeed, there at the top of the hill was the tow truck. Huzzah! He backed up to the poor, sad, cold LG mobile, hooked it up (after quite a bit of digging to get the tow boots affixed to the wheels) and then promptly got the tow truck stuck.

I guess this particular tow truck fleet didn’t’ believe in 4WD vehicles because the next 20 minutes of our night went like this:

wreeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeee
*parking brake chunk*
Dig dig throw down traction stuff climb back into cab
wreeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeee
*parking brake chunk*
Dig dig some more throw down traction stuff climb back into cab
wreeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeee
*parking brake chunk*
Dig dig again throw down even more traction stuff climb back into cab
wreeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeee
*parking brake chunk*
Dig dig throw down a giant 4×4 piece of wood (?) climb back into cab
wreeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeee
*parking brake chunk*
Retrieve giant 4×4 piece of wood and fiddle faddle with the tow works in back climb into cab.
wreeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeee

We finally finished our Friday night adventure early Saturday morning after TheMan drove us home from the dealership. In our 4×4 pick-up. Which had absolutely no problem handling the icy roads.


2007: Imagine both our surprises when my knee came down on the cat rather than the expected carpeting. Squish kitty indeed.

2006: Damn! I’ve done so much nothing that if I were my manager, I’d have fired me back in February.

2005: But I’m not going to talk about Easter because I’m in denial. Ain’t here yet!

2004: The fashion for booniverse denizens (population 1) is a nice soft mustardy yellow shirt (it is kind of the color of brown mustard mixed with a blobbit of mayo; I like it, very mayo-mustardy in a good way), matchy tan trouser socks (hey, I need to do laundry and ran out of fuzzy socks OK? Besides, I’m stylin in my snazzy trouser socks), sandals…because duhhhh and peridot accent jewelry.

2003: Too tired to update.

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