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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Soooo Busted

I just read a hilarious post by Becca that reminded me of something that I apparently had buried deep in my grey matter in an attempt to protect my fragile male ego...but what the hell, I'll share it with y'all.

Years ago, I was driving from West Virginia where I had dropped off JM, her sisters and her mom for a visit, to Boston (where I lved at the time) in my 1974 VW Squareback.  I had just installed a new rebuilt engine and was pretty happy with how well my old girl was running.


Somewhere in Connecticut, in the early daylight hours of the morning, I developed an oil leak from the valve cover.  Unfortunately, with this type of engine, if there is an oil leak from the valve cover...it drips directly onto the exhaust pipe.

I looked in the rear view mirror and holy crap...so much smoke was coming from my car that I looked like an old coal train!!


Being the thoughtful person that I am, and not wanting to be responsible for a massive wreck on the interstate because no one else could see through cloud of smoke I was leaving...I decided I had better pull over and see if I could rectify the situation.  I found a reasonably level spot and pulled over onto the shoulder.  I crawled up under the car and quickly realized what was causing the problem.  The leak was very minor and I was not losing enough oil to cause a real mechanical problem...it was just creating all that friggin' smoke. 

So, I figure about the only thing I can do at the time is to try and wipe off the exhaust to minimize the smoke.  I start digging around in the car looking for something I could use and this is the only thing I found...

I can only guess at JM's mother's surprise when she went to look for them :-)  Despite my initial misgivings, I figured they were supposed to be absorbant...and they were disposable...and most importantly, they were all I had...and no one would ever know!  So, back under the car I went with my trusty pack of Kotex.

As I was woking, I saw a shadow approaching and peeked out from under the car...to see a Connecticut State Trooper standing there...he looked from the Kotex package to me and back at the Kotex package and started laughing so hard tears were rolling down his cheeks! 



Once he got himself under control, he asked if I needed a tow truck.  I assured him I had the situation under control...he thanked me for the best laugh he'd had in ages and when about his merry way!!!

Needless to say...I was just a tad embarrassed by the whole situation...not real manly to repair your car with Kotex :-)


22 comments:

Bursts of Bubbles said...

You describe it so well that I can't stop laughing and my mum is beginning to think I'm insane.... actually she already knows I am.

Aren't you lucky it was a pad and not a tampon as that would have been far worse.... Also I guess men have a use for them after all.

Odie Langley said...

That was a really good one. Thanks for the laugh.

Jumble Mash said...

HAHAHAHA I actually remember you telling me this story a long time ago. That's too funny. I should have gotten you a pack to keep in the truck...ya know..just in case.

caterpillar said...

hehehe....but it did work, didn't it? Must say, Dad, very resourceful... :)

Cinderita said...

Okay, not sharing that with us would've been a crime. hee hee

DW said...

Love the cop's reaction!

It just so happens that these types of pads work great for catching stray drips from oil changes, too. So do diapers. :-)

Miss Vicki said...

Awesome post today :)

Bouncin' Barb said...

Hey panty hose work great for if you break a fan belt. Carry around panty hose and maxi pads and then see the looks you get when you're shopping for them!! This was great!

becca said...

this was to funny and i am truly sorry for reminding you of such an embrassing moment. actually no i'm not as you gave me the best laugh ever today thank you.

Jess said...

That's an awesomely funny story! Thanks for sharing!

Jimmy said...

I can just see the look on the Troopers face Ha Ha he is probably still telling the story of the VW getting it's pad changed on the side of the road.

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

that was too funny! I can just visualize this whole situation. thanks for the great laugh.

lyndylou said...

Ha ha ha, handy things them! :)

ib said...

Dad, you still have that Squareback? I want one, seriously. I love the older dubs. That car is PIMP.

caterpillar said...

Merry Christmas, Dad!

Chief aka Dad http://unsoundreasoning.blogspot.com said...

@Barb...I should have contacted Kotex later and offered to do ma product endorsement!

@Odie...you're welcome

@JM...I might need one for the truck...I think she's one her last leg

@caterpillar...gottta be able to improvise...and Merry Christmas to you too

@Cinderita...well I don't wanna commit a crime :-)

@DW...the cop was very good...and I couldn't blame him one bit for laughing...the scene had to look ridiculous

@Vicki...thank you ma'am

@becca...I'm a kindred spirit with your boys :-) Glad you got a chuckle...I know I did when I read about the scud missiles :-)

@Jess..you're welcome...have fun in TN

@Jimmy...yep, I bet you're right

@Teresa...you're welcome kind lady

@lyndylou...yep...might even stop a leak in your window!

@ib...I wish I did...got offered an obscene amount for it from a California DUDE when I lived in Boston...and with 3 kids...it had to go...I also had a 67 Bettle that I baja'd before the squareback...it was Pearl White with Hot Pink trim!

On My Soapbox said...

Chief, I have been lurking on your blog for a bit, but your stories have encouraged me to come out of my shell. I've started my own blog, but it will not be nice like yours and JM's (it will eventually have controversial topics). Just wanted to thank you for getting me to crawl out from under my rock. :-)

Mrs. Hyde said...

Gotta admit...I was not expecting Kotex. That's funny as hell. I'm going to keep a box in my trunk from now on.

ib said...

Oh well, that would be a pretty tits restoration candidate.

Merry Christmas to you and your girls.

Chief aka Dad http://unsoundreasoning.blogspot.com said...

@Soapbox...welcome to the light :-) I checked out your blog and am pleased as punch to be the first of many followers...and I like controversy...let the games begin :-)

@Mrs. Hyde...just trying to make life a little easier on you...who needs a toolbox if you have some pads available!

@ib...lol...who's tits are we restoring???

Mynx said...

OMG I cant beleive I missed this fantastic story. Would you beleive I was forced to use one when one of the boys had a nose bleed on the way to school. Luckily they were too young to realise the true purpose. Good thing I wasn't carrying a tampon.

Chief aka Dad http://unsoundreasoning.blogspot.com said...

@Mynx...maybe we should offer to do a commercial for them....The Many Uses of Kotex :-)