Wednesday, September 24, 2008

You Can't Help But Feel Good When This Happens

I ran out of gas today. I know, you are thinking, "What is so good about that?"

I knew I might run out. The "empty" light had come on a long time ago. But I kept thinking, "Now is not a good time to stop for gas" and "It is too expensive at this location." So I drove some more.

Eventually, the engine stopped running and the car coasted along for a moment. "Oh no!" I cried. I would have said, "I can't believe this" but in fact I could believe it.

Luckily the gas had run out on a slight downward slope. I put on the hazard lights and coasted. Then, out of nowhere, a sign! A convenience store complete with gas pumps. I cranked the wheel hard and bumped up into the parking lot.

The car pulled to a stop next to the pump. I didn't even have to use the brakes, it just rolled right up and came to a stop by itself.

When something like this happens, you can't help but feel glad, like the world is on your side.

Then I found a million dollar bill pinned to my shirt.



  1. Anonymous7:35 AM

    what about the part where you cursed your engine to eternal damnation?

  2. The last time I did that my engine caught on fire and started blowing purple smoke through the vents. Then it would only drive in reverse. It was a Chevy Nova... the first car that truly belonged to me. I used to race people at stop lights. Her V-8 engine would kick in and the whole world would fly away. Do you remember when we were driving? Driving in my car and we drove so fast you felt like you were drunk and the city lights lay out before us and my arm felt nice around your shoulders and you... you had a feeling that you belonged. You had a feeling you could be someone. It was a fast car. So fast it could get us out of here and we had to make a decision to leave that night or live and die that way.

    And now that engine is in Hell.

    I guess I always regretted that.

  3. Anonymous12:45 PM

    you lost me at she-bear