Monday, November 22, 2010
With a sigh of relief, I hit the entry road into our development, the snow even thicker here, I kept the truck moving forward, until I felt it go loosey goosey in the tail end. I started spinning, remembering Craig's words of wisdom during just this type of thing, foot off the gas, no brakes, and steer in the direction the tail end is fishtailing. I tried to do all those things, and being a rookie at this snow driving I don't think I did too bad until I caught the road sign with my side mirror and it spun me even more dramatically until the pickup was sideways across the road and the rear wheels in the ditch.
Now what? I knew there was probably someone at the club house that could help me, but I didn't have the phone number. Directory assistance did no good as they connected me to their fax machine instead of the office number. Just as I was calling Craig to get his input on the situation, (like he could really do anything from where he was at, but it was nice to hear his voice just the same), one of our neighbors, Terry, comes by and says....." Now how did you manage to do that?" To which I will forever say..."It's my first time driving in these conditions" and hope that gives me a pass for ending up in the ditch.
He immediately tells me to get in his vehicle and he will take me home, and then proceeds to call his wife to call a couple of the other guys who live in the area to come by our house to get the keys to the truck and pull it out of the ditch for me. Within 15 minutes, John and Chuck are at my door, taking my keys and telling me to relax, and that they will take care of it for me. Twenty minutes later, our pickup is in our driveway, minus the glass on the passenger side mirror, and none the worse for the whole experience. I don't even think there were any note worthy scratches either.
To say that I am thankful and appreciative of their help is truly an understatement. Not only did they take care of the truck for me, but made sure the heat and water were running in the house, but Terry called from the store to see if there was anything he could pick up for me while he was there. I was also told to stop by the clubhouse for pizza tomorrow night, and to bring my appetite on Thanksgiving for dinner on Thursday as well.
I can sit back and laugh about it now, but as Craig says, there isn't anyone who lives in the snow that hasn't spun out at least one time in their life......I just got mine done early! Let's hope it's the last time, or if not, it has the same great ending. Thankful I will be this Thanksgiving, and every day for the blessings in my life!