We made it home. Wow – I don’t know where to start becuase I don’t know where I left off. It was really the worst day in a long time but when you put it all into perspective – how bad was it? We were warm, sheltered, had food and got home just a day later. Burned a few stress calories along the way – but what can you do.
So this morning, I got up early and Kevin picked me up. Kevin, I do hope you read this someday – you are really truly one of the nicest guys I have ever met. I am going to work out a cookout or something @ Julie and John’s and you will be the guest of honor.
Anyway… Kevin took me back to the van and I searched the internet from the van and found some tires in Commerce. Good price, good tires. Can do it now. I call in the tow truck and off I go. We get the tires on, get the alignment done and all is well. Took about an hour longer as they expected as Run Flats are SO HARD to get off. They are shit. Anyway… it was done.
I get in the van and all is well, grab some lunch, eat in the hotel and we are driving home. I-85 STOPS… probably due to some debris in the road or something. I was somewhat proud of myself on this one…. I took a deep breath, relaxed and let it go. Good job!
A long weekend. I’d like to send a shout out to some people here –
Uncle Ted: I haven’t talked to you in 25 years and you were willing to drop everything and drive 3+ hours to help me. Thanks. Maybe you can come to this cookout I am planning at your daughters home!
Jay – aka Peeps: Also willing to drop everything and bring me tires if thats what I needed.
Julie and John – Knowing I have only met John once and he was willing to call in his little henchman to come to my rescue – man, that was great. Julie – We must get together.
My kids – Guys, you were the best. In a tough time – Daddy was really stressed. Derek wanted to help, I know. Max didn’t know what to do but he tried and was quiet and good. Given the situation, you guys could have made things so crazy but you were wonderful.
Sarah – I’m not sure who’s job was harder – mine or hers. Watching kids in a hotel room, high on yogurt and fruit loops with next to nothing to do, dealing with me stressed out – thanks for helping me solve all of this. We got r’ done.
Kevin – you saved countless people, countless hours of driving for a complete stranger. I told you I would do something and I promise you I will – very soon.
Thanks for listening – hopefully the next chapter of my life will be a bit more fun than the last 24 hours! My bed is going to feel REALLY good tonight!