The Happy Honda Lives Again!
Well, the other day I went out to the Happy Honda to make a quick trip to the Thai place just down the street to pick up our dinner. Now, I have to be honest… nearly every time I’ve started the Happy Honda since we got her, I’ve given her a ‘good game’ pat on the dashboard when she starts up. I did that because I knew it would just be a matter of time before she gave out… she is, after all, 21 years old.
Sure enough, I tried to start her up, and she wouldn’t even try to turn over. “Oh, no,” I thought, “it’s over.” But after a quick look around I surmised that my problem was most likely just a dead battery. The back left door had been left slightly ajar and the dome light was on. Usually that’s not quite enough to kill a battery, but we don’t drive our car every day, or even every other day, so who knows how long it was on.
As a rule, I usually say that things like this always happen at the worst possible moment. But, perhaps as a testament to my never-failing positivity, the first thing I thought after I got out of the car was, “Well, all in all, this is probably the best time for this to happen.” After all, I wasn’t going on an urgent errand, I was just headed to get Thai food; I wasn’t headed far, the place was easily within biking distance; it wasn’t raining or freezing cold, it was a lovely Cambridge summer evening, and the bike ride down Sidgwick Avenue was quiet, peaceful, and pretty.
The next day I set out to fix the car. Step 1: find another car to jump mine; step 2: find jumper cables. As luck would have it, some friends of ours (Sarah and Joel) are out of town and we happened to have their car keys, so step 1 was covered. Step 2 was a little more complicated, as we don’t know very many people who have cars, and none of them have jumper cables. After a couple of days searching, I stumbled upon some today, and was able to get the job done with minimal hassle. In fact, Candice and I made a lunch date out of it… since the car needed to be driven for a while to charge the battery, we drove to a shopping center and left the car on while I ran into Subway for sandwiches. Asher was in the back just chilling in his car seat.
I’ll give it to you straight, folks… when it comes to blog posts, I tend to have a flair for the dramatic… and a dead car battery has such potential for being a dramatic blog post… but in this case, bringing the Happy Honda back to life was… well…
I’ll leave you with my favorite picture from today… sleeping on daddy’s chest: