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13 June 2013 @ 02:48 am
A lot to think about today - let's just say that there was A LOT on my plate and on my mind - I may post about it later, but for right now, we are going to focus on the funny, because that's what I need at the moment.

I was at a function at the local botanical gardens this afternoon. I parked and ran in during a downpour, noticing that it was coming down fast enough than the drops were splashing in the puddles and I was soaked from a 15 meter dash. But I was running late and there was no time to wait for the rain to let up, so it is what it is and I appear at the function with soggy coat and hair. Well, after the function, I was going to go out to dinner with some folks and was pleased to note as I headed to my car that the rain had let up somewhat... except that then I further noticed that the car was not *quite* the right shape.

Upon closer inspection, this was due to the fact that the car was submerged literally halfway up the tires in a HUGE puddle. I do not have a large car, so this is a good chunk of the car's base. I could not get to the door without getting wet nearly to the knee and then risking flooding the car when I opened the door. After considering my options for a bit, I went back inside to find the always-awesome corvusjoyous,, who has a giant van and who has saved my ass innumerable times before. She was kind enough to give me a ride to my car, once the situation was explained. :P Of course, there was a car parked next to me, but happily my little hatchback had just been cleaned out and, by some miracle, not only was it not full of crap, there was no carseat in it and the back seats were down.

So, picture this: corvusjoyous maneuvers her van as close to the back of my car as she can without hitting the neighboring, longer vehicle. I am sitting in the back seat with the sliding van door open, spotting and trying to assess the gap. By carefully holding on to the seat pocket of the front passenger seat and leaning out as far as my little fingers could reach, I am able to pop open up the hatch, which is still well above the waterline. I toss over my keys and my phone and then, Bond-girl-style, leap over from one vehicle to the other in three inch leather heels! Woot!

A quick scramble over the seats and I was able to pull the car out of the little lake and get on my way, mostly dry and with a story to tell... We really should have gotten someone to take video. The success was impressive, a failure would have been hilarious
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Albredaalbreda on June 13th, 2013 10:11 am (UTC)
That is seriously excellent, and just the kind of thing I envision you doing with fair regularity, honestly. Right down to the nonchalance of doing it all without taking your heels off! :D
world_rim_walke: Cuteworld_rim_walke on June 13th, 2013 02:39 pm (UTC)
I agree with this.
eithni: excellenteithni on June 14th, 2013 03:29 am (UTC)
:D Happily, I don't generally have adventures that involve that depth of water without some pre-planning, but it was a fun little challenge for the night. If you're gonna do something, do it with confidence and *style*.
Aaron (Rusty) Lloydrustmon on June 13th, 2013 12:57 pm (UTC)
100% awesome. *HUG*
stitchwhich on June 13th, 2013 02:03 pm (UTC)
You are an intrepid woman!

Would that had been possible for a friend of mine who was silly enough to buy a low-riding sports car with his re-enlistment bonus - while stationed in Norfolk, VA. We had a gully-washer (as usual in the spring) which flooded the roads and he (stupidly) drove through a flooded street and into a mild pond... and that is when he learned that the computer module-control for his electrical system was mounted on the undercarriage, directly below the driver's seat. Shorted out his whole car and totalled it. It was a very shiny totalled car, though.
eithni: roadtrip!eithni on June 14th, 2013 03:32 am (UTC)
Whoops! Happily, my little car seems to be none the worse for his bath, but I was careful to get out of it as soon as possible to prevent any exhaust issues.
Gwynethgwyneth1362 on June 13th, 2013 04:43 pm (UTC)
Yay for you and ingenuity!
reneekytokorpireneekytokorpi on June 13th, 2013 06:31 pm (UTC)
Creative problem solving, go! I'm glad your car is alright. :)
DameJ: Grand Canaldamej on June 13th, 2013 11:42 pm (UTC)
Well done. I only had to wade ankle-deep to get into my car. If I had realized how badly drained the parking lot was, I would have parked one row closer to the building, even if it meant a longer walk to the entrance. I got there just as the first drops were falling, so I stayed mostly dry.
eithni: WTFeithni on June 14th, 2013 03:33 am (UTC)
Yeah, even with how hard it was coming down as I arrived, I would have chosen a longer walk if I had realized how deep that end of the lot would flood!
Ulfhildr: lolyuri_shoujo on June 13th, 2013 11:56 pm (UTC)
Lol that is a great image XD and glad the car is ok sitting in that much water, eep!

I love spontaneous car problem solving, it's usually hilarious. Last good one I had was my brother bought something furnitury at target and it didn't fit in his car with his four passengers. So we all took our belts off and strapped it down that way. Win.
eithni: jumpingeithni on June 14th, 2013 03:35 am (UTC)
Nice! McGuyvering for the win!
DameJdamej on June 14th, 2013 12:43 pm (UTC)
Once on the way to Castel Rouge, the driver's door on my old Cavalier started rattling badly as we approached Grand Forks. When we stopped and I opened the door, I discovered the pin on the hinge had broken, and the door sort of lurched downward (and wouldn't close again because I couldn't line it up properly). There was a Home Depot or Menard's nearby, and we were caravanning with the Reardons, so they drove over and obtained a large bolt that served as a replacement hinge pin. It lasted for years, until I replaced the car for other reasons.
corvusjoyous: crowcorvusjoyous on June 14th, 2013 03:54 am (UTC)
To further enhance the image, I should mention the Beatles song "Help!" was playing on the radio at the time.

:) 'twas a fun adventure, and I'll happily go on any other adventures with ya!
eithni: Yummy!eithni on June 14th, 2013 04:10 am (UTC)
That's right! I'd forgotten that! :)