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and now a car ghost haunts the highways

and now a car ghost haunts the highways

Tue, 11/18/2008 - 00:30 by Ananth in response to rest in pieces redux

This happened a couple of weeks ago, on the way home from an Art Fight. Jami dropped us off at Yuko's car, which was parked at a remote location ... Yuko was tired and isn't much of a night driver, so I offered to drive. We hopped onto the beltway and we were about 15 minutes away from my house when the engine started hesitating. The hesitation built into a rumbling, and then the engine groaned. We got off the beltway as the speedometer forcibly dropped from 30 to 20 to 5. The hood popped to a burst of smoke and Yuko and I stared a minute, feeling - eerily - that we were witnessing the passing of her car. 

It reminded me of my junior year of high school ... Fil's car was The Car, that is, the first car we all had access to. I was with Fil when his car kicked the bucket too, and it was a similar experience. There was a moment of silence, as though it had been a person, and then we hiked to a nearby school to find a telephone. In the end, we held a funeral for it ... we buried the steering wheel in Fil's backyard, where it lies to this day. 

Comments

I had the exact same thing

Comment by Halibetlector (not verified) Tue, 11/18/2008 - 01:11

I had the exact same thing happen to my car, except I was driving from NY to CA at the time and it decided to die on I-80 in Wyoming between Cheyenne and Laramie. December in Wyoming with no cell reception and a smoking car packed to the roof with stuff. It was actually pretty fun :)

You bastards should have

Comment by Jamie Noguchi (not verified) Tue, 11/18/2008 - 10:56

You bastards should have called me! I could have totally picked you up and driven you home. AND I has the Triple A! I'm glad you made it back safe.

Aww, shucks!

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 11/18/2008 - 11:54

Naw, it was cool. I also have the AAA!

The problem was that we were driving to Ananth's folks' place, which is in Bethesda, and it was LIKE 3AM. We were able to get the car towed to Ananth's house just fine. :D

Hahahaha, it's funny that we were hanging out last night and you wound up finding this out from the comic today. XD I guess we just never talk about stuff that happens to us.

ARGLBARGL

Comment by Aido Tue, 11/18/2008 - 11:55

 DANGIT

Sorry, that was me--! D:

RIP...

Comment by Rose (not verified) Wed, 11/19/2008 - 10:15

RIP Yuko's car. -takes off hat-

Make/model/year

Comment by Xed the Dread (not verified) Thu, 11/27/2008 - 15:09

Year, Make, Model

I work as a mechanic to pay for my expensive schooling and as such i have access to various "discount" auto parts
We can fix it, we can rebuild It, We have the technology, We have the capability. We can create the worlds first....wait my bad.

But yeah, we can fix it with a lil elbow grease.
If not...Then she can buy my VW It never breaks down :D

Either way glad to see you folks safe, last car i had fail on me ended up careening into a rock wall off the highway.