Wednesday, January 16, 2008

E is for effort...or my fuel level

School is for gaining knowledge - but not necessarily academia lessons only. For example, I learned that if, for some reason, you drive to work on E and park on a slope, come lunch time when you need to drive to a particular college to purchase books and get a student id before the office closes since this college is so small and the id office is only open two days a week, 4 hours at a time, the car probably won’t start...no matter how much you gun the engine.

And, although in the past when the driver was dumb enough to make the same mistake but solved it by coasting to a flat part of the parking lot, starting the car, then driving across the road to a gas station, today – since it’s her lucky day – there will be a car parked in the one spot she needs to coast through.

Then after trying, unsuccessfully, to locate the owner of the car and beg them to move, the driver – my friend…because this story obviously is not about me – will try her car again and it will start.

So, the moral of the story is this: ALWAYS PULL THROUGH TO THE FAR PARKING SPOT IN CASE YOU NEED TO COAST LATER.

12 comments:

Brett said...

your "friends" have a lot of bad luck.

ThomCarter said...

You never cease to amaze me!

RED MOJO said...

A different lesson might be, keep more than a couple tablespoons of gas in your, I mean her, car.

charlotta-love said...

Brett: I know! I'm bad luck to hang out with.

Thom: um, why thanks!

Red Mojo: Actually, I'm the type that fills up once a week regardless of how low or high the meter is. I knew, er my friend knew, that she was in trouble when her weekend had some unexpected trips and not anytime to fill up.

Beth said...

Please thank your friend for sharing this advice.
(I am paranoid about driving on "E"!)

Bone said...

Sage advice, my friend. I mean, your friend.

That could be applied to literally tens of situations in life. I'm almost certain of it.

Sincerity said...

Hmmm. Coasting. I like it. Its good. Its easy. Its a plan B when plan A goes down to empty.

Dorky Dad said...

Got that. Thanks for the lesson. I'll keep it in mind.

Craze said...

Oh my gosh!! Or, she could put some gas in the car before it gets to E!

charlotta-love said...

Beth: I'll tell her you said hello.

Bone: You drive on E too?

Sincerity: I hope there never needs to be a Plan C. well, I guess that would just be 'walking'.

DD: That's what I'm here for, man.

Craze: Oh. Well...yeah, that would probably work.

thethinker said...

I drive on E all of the time (because I'm too cheap to buy gas). Hopefully I'll never get to the point where I can't start the car.

michelle said...

at least u only get in this situation when u drive too much w/in one week....sadly i see the same ppl everday (sometimes 2x or more a day) putting only $3-$5 in their tank. Um, hello??? $3 doesn't even buy u a gallon of gas anymore...and ur wasting more gas by coming here so much...paying lonestar for ur unnecessary candy, chips, and soda...and then paying double the amt in ur gas tank, on ur tobacco and cig habits. (fyi..there are now only a few cig brands--4 in our store--that are below $5)