Good Bye Rhapsody!

This doesn’t have anything to do with ebooks. This afternoon I was driving down I-95 to Boca Raton with my wife, daughters, and my oldest daughter’s boyfriend. Suddenly the car made three loud banging noises and the engine stopped running. I was just coasting down the highway in the fast lane. An 18 wheeler was behind me in the far right lane… Somehow he noticed my plight, turned his hazard lights on, and moved to the left blocking the two lanes of traffic between me and the shoulder of the road (I don’t know who you are, but we thank you with all our hearts!). We pulled off the highway and the car coasted to a stop. I thought the surpentine belt snapped… I opened the hood and discovered the the belt was fine, but the engine was on fire (and so was the grass under the car). I quickly got everyone out of the car and away from the danger. I called 9-1-1 and asked for help. By the time help arrived (which was only a few minutes) the entire car was engulfed in flames. A firewoman said she saw debris from my car on the highway and said I may have thrown a rod.

I called my insurance company and reported the incident. They said I could call Enterprise and they would bring a rental car to me. So I called Enterprise and was told they wouldn’t have a car available until Tuesday (the Daytona 500 is in progress and every rental car from Jacksonville to Miami was rented out). There’s a lesson here… One moment you’re in complete control of your life and in the blink of eye you’re standing on the side of the highway, over 100 miles from home, stranded! The Florida Highway Patrol took care of us… They called a couple of units and transported all of us to the local McDonalds. That was totally above and beyond the call of duty! Thanks FHP!

Our car had a name… We called her Rhapsody and she was a 1997 Saab 900. She served us almost seven years and was the most reliable car we ever had. I still can’t believe she’s gone!

I  ended up calling my brother-in-law and he rescued us! He drove over 200 miles round trip and delivered us to our front door. Thanks Butch! We so appreciate your help!

And so ends a rather strange day! We’re all safe, nobody was injured, and my mechanic told me he’s rebuilding a car that he’ll sell to us for a good price… Life Rocks!

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