Friday, September 26, 2008
We Are Only Visitors Here
That VISITOR score would be us.
Post game glamour shots of my cousin Rick (a former St. Augustine High football star) with Junior.
It was a cold windy night at the Florida School For The Deaf and Blind football stadium. The football field sits out in a saltmarsh and last night a Northeaster had pushed a flood tide to it's limits, flooding some streets and turning the game site into a semi-island. Directly behind the bleachers in the photo above is a one lane drive and then the Atlantic Ocean.
In the picture above, from left to right is my oldest pal (since first grade) Kevin (another former St. Augustine High football star), FC (not a football star) , and my cousin Rick.
I stood up at the top of the seats to take this picture as Kevin drove off demonstrating his impeccable taste in internal combustion transportation ... a 1979 CJ-5 JEEP.
The blackness beyond the trees is ocean water.
As WE were leaving the stadium, post game, my wife's 2001 Ford Escape decided to refuse to go into gear for more than a few minutes at a time.
Not one hint of this impending problem and boom, 2.5 hours from home, we essentially are broken down.
I turned the car off for a few minutes and tried it again. It worked! We had gear engagement ... for about 3 minutes and then it left.
I pulled over and turned it off for about a minute.
I crossed my fingers and started her up ... and bingo! She engaged again ... for about 3 minutes.
Obviously we weren't driving 125 miles home like this so I pointed her towards my parent's house and repeated the "turn the engine off for a minute, drive for 3 minutes until it disengaged, turn the engine off for a minute, drive for 3 minutes ...
It took us a while ... the intersections and one railroad crossing were especially titillating, but we made it to Mom and Dad's.
There we parked the Escape (which I was just bragging on yesterday and is paid off this month) and borrowed Dad's little Dodge Dakota truck for the ride home.
First we had to stop at Steak and Shake and refuel Junior. By this time it was midnight, so I drank a cup of coffee (two) for the long drive across the state.
The coffee did its magic for the drive, but it also kept me wide awake long after I got home at 2:30 am.
I went to bed this morning at 3:30 am and got up at 5:00 am to get Junior to school in time for a FFA field trip.
We did win the football game though.