Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Chapter 11, Page 21 The driver reboots

Mary is a little slow on the recovery.

Sorry. I couldn't resist that pun.

Hmm. Other than that I think this episode speaks (or screams) for itself.


Robert said...

I may have regaled you with this tale already, but once a number of years ago, I was driving my car on I95 in the midst of a snowstorm. The roads were slushy and traffic was somewhat slow, but we were still managing 40 mph down the lanes. A gust of wind smacked into my car, and the next thing I knew, I was driving sideways down the highway.

I said "oh no you don't!" and wrestled with the wheel. The car turned, went back to normal and then with a couple of wobbles suddenly I was had turned sideways the other way. (Thus going 90 degrees and the 180 degrees.)

I snarled at the wheel and managed to get the car turned proper again and then after a couple minor fishtails I suddenly spun so I was driving BACKWARD (with the wheels spinning forward) looking at a line of freaked-out drivers trying to stay as far away as they could.

I mouthed some quiet obscenities to myself and managed to get the car to swing another 180 degrees... at which point I stalled out. I came to a complete stop, put the car in park, turned it back on, put it in drive, and started forward again.

At which point I turned to my mom who was white-knuckled next to me and who hadn't said a word, and said "Now I'm starting to shake."

(And yes, I went 90 degrees, 180 degrees, 270 degrees, and then 180 degrees. All without hitting a single other car on the road. I've managed a couple 720s since then as well.)

It's funny, but sometimes you don't have time to get scared until AFTER things settle down. :)

Rob H.

Brigid said...

@Robert: Woah.

And I don't recall you telling me that one.

Woah. 0.0