Thursday, March 24, 2011

Back Home & Running Good Even When You Run Bad

Back home as of 6:00pm last night. And what a trip home we had.

We got ready to leave College Station, TX Wednesday at around 11:00 am. With oak table securely fastened to our van's roof and the van and a car packed to the max, we hit the road.

After some lunch and only about 150 miles on the road, we had a major problem. The van started acting up and I had to pull into a tiny liquor store/gas station just outside Jacksonville, TX. The van overheated -- not good. We asked the girls working in the store if they knew anyone who could take a look at our vehicle. One girl said that her father-in-law had an auto body shop just down the road but also worked on cars on the side. I was able to glide down the highway in neutral, and just barely got the van into the guy's yard. His daughter-in-law had already called him. It turned out that the A/C locked up and snapped the belt. A thermostat, serpentine belt, and three hours later, we were back on the road with the A/C to be fixed at our home garage after we got home. And the cost for this? Less than $100! I gave the guy some extra money and might send him some him some certificates for a free lunch for him and his assistant. I left out a lot of details, but we were so lucky, considering the long stretches of open road we were driving, to have this happen at the perfect place and have the guy immediately work on it.

While we were waiting, we also heard that my daughter's boyfriend had sold her bed. My last-minute craigslist ad did the trick!

Because of the delay, we were only able to make it halfway home the first day. We stayed overnight just outside Little Rock, AR, and were able to finish the drive in nine hours yesterday.

Being the degenerate that I am, within two hours of getting home I was on my way to my home poker game. It was the first time we had played in months. I came out the biggest or second biggest winner -- a great way to start life after the long trip.

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Blogger The Poker Meister said...

Run good & run good. The breakdown is a quick branch to more run good.

12:47 PM  
Blogger Lucki Duck said...

Overnight stay in Atlanta and a stop in Jacksonville. Obviously, you love the big city life!

Glad you were the receipient of some "Texas hospitality" in Jacksonville.

Big ups on padding the 'ole bankroll at the home game.

1:15 PM  
Blogger Memphis MOJO said...

You were at that guy's mercy, but he "did you right." Glad it worked out.

9:40 PM  

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