It was on a dark and lonely country road

When it happened. We were heading home after having a nice  dinner at one of our favorite places about 15 miles from home.  I was just sitting there content and full from our meal, staring out the window watching the clouds when all of a sudden Bill said “Holy Sh*t, there’s smoke pouring out of the back of the van.” I looked through the rearview mirror on my side and sure enough, there was tons of dark smoke billowing out.  I said “ I wonder if we’re on fire?” Neither one of us could smell anything like something was burning though. The Van started jerking and slowing down drastically. Bill started pulling off of the road onto the shoulder when all of a sudden the van just wouldn’t go anymore.  The road was a narrow two lane road and the shoulder was very very narrow, we were on a curve and still part way on the road so he turned on the hazard lights. I don’t know who’s brilliant idea it was to install those lights on cars but I hope he got a raise.   I told Bill that I bet we blew the transmission. The van’s motor was running smoothly and nothing appeared to be wrong with that so I figured what else could it be.

Another great invention from some brilliant thinker is the cell phone.  I got mine out and called home so someone could look up the number of a towing company for me. While I was doing that Bill was on his phone calling the Sherriff's department so they could send someone out to sit with their lights going so no one would hit us. Even with the hazard lights on people couldn’t really tell that we were part way on the road until they got right up to us so we really needed a cop there.  The police dept. would have called a tow for us but I’d already called. It took the cop about 10 minutes to get there and the tow truck showed up about 20 minutes after that. I was never so glad to see a cop or a tow truck in my life lol.

As he was towing us home he told us of a good transmission man that he recommended. He said he’s the best in town so come Monday morning Bill called him right away. Over the weekend he was talking to my brother-in-law and another friend and they wondered if maybe it wasn’t just a hose that blew so when he talked to the mechanic he asked him about that. The mechanic said  he’d check that out first before he did anything else. Low and behold that’s just what it turned out to be. He replaced the hose, filled the transmission with fluid and took it for a drive and said it was working perfectly. We got it back yesterday and Bill said it ran like a top. Thank God! It was an $88.00 fix minus towing charges instead of $1500.00 which the mechanic said it would cost to rebuild the transmission. To say we are very grateful is an understatement I tell ya.

So what’s up in your world?


  1. Great true life story my friend! I'm so glad things worked out the way that they did!

  2. Thank heaven it was no worse than it turned out.

  3. I am so glad you guys didn't have to pay up the kahzoo for fixin. Happy you got home ok and of course had your cell phone ;-)

  4. That is just plain scary as heck! Man, I'd hate to have the same experience!


  5. Sounds like a towing company should be something we all program into our phones.


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