UNEXPECTED “UPLIFT”

In my recent Glimmers of Hope posts after the Boston Marathon bombings, I’ve pretty obviously been seeking inspiration and uplift. Well, how does the old saying go? Be careful what you wish for. This morning brought uplift all right, but hardly in the way I anticipated or was looking for!

Up, up and ----

The trusty Subaru had got us to Amherst and back for the HD opera on Saturday, entered peacefully into its garage, all was well. Until the next morning, when I discovered a lake of reddish-brown fluid on the garage floor. Not gasoline, thank goodness. But (thanks to googling) it’s either transmission fluid or engine oil. Either way, definitely NOT A GOOD THING.

This morning I called the AAA. Ernie’s Towing came promptly, with a strong arm for the winch and steel cable and chains to lift up and fasten the car. (Subarus are all-wheel drive, which means they must be towed on a flat bed.) After which — to my amazement and profound gratitude — he used Kitty Litter and a broom to clear up most of the oil, and away went the car.

And off it goes --- photo by Frank

What this is likely to cost in terms of keeping a 2004 car running is unknown at the moment. Ryan’s hasn’t called with the diagnosis yet.  But the politeness and concern of everyone — from the AAA call center folks to the towing guy to our auto repair guru and to our neighbors (with offers of cars and shopping trips) make it a little easier to take. Keep your fingers crossed for us!

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19 Responses to UNEXPECTED “UPLIFT”

  1. Lucid Gypsy says:

    On the bright side, at least you made your evening out and home again. Hope its repairable!

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  2. That supportive community makes a world of difference, doesn’t it? I’m so glad you had AAA and caring people to help you out.

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  3. My fingers ARE crossed and your neighbors sure sound uplifting. And those guys are lifting the be-jeez us outta that vehicle!

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      Would you believe it was ONE GUY in the tow truck did the whole job? I was amazed!
      (And cleaned up the garage for good measure —-)
      They didn’t nickname this Pleasant Valley for nothin’!

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  4. Pauline says:

    Glad it’s fixable. My 1999 Subaru is still plugging along. The driver’s side window no longer goes down, the brakes and exhaust system are threatening mutiny and there’s this funny little hitch in its giddy-up when it starts up of a morning. I hope, if it has to leak something, it does it in the driveway and not the highway.

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  5. Little surprises around every turn…oy.

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  6. Angelia Sims says:

    Oh man! Hope it works out. I hate saying good-bye to my cars. We get so attached. Hopefully a little face-lift and it will all be fine. See? There’s a lift in the right direction. 🙂

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  7. Kavita Joshi says:

    awe…so sad to know about this..hope you have a nice weekend ahead dear

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  8. 2e0mca says:

    Better to get it sorted – you should get many more years of service from your Subaru 🙂

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  9. Tina Schell says:

    Bummer but love that you tied it to needing a lift LOL

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