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Sunday, November 19, 2006
  an interesting day in the life of a constant traveller...
Saturdays can be pretty interesting. This was the end of my last one. This is some of what I sent my boss in an email about my Saturday travelling from the west coast to the east coast...

When I got back to Norfolk, no problems with flights or anything like that, however....,comma...pause for effect...as I walked up to my truck...and pushed the unlock button...nothing happened...now this happens once in a while, usually when I'm over at Oceana...but it still happens, so I unlocked the truck with the key...no interior lights...damn! I reach in the tool box and grabbed the jumper cables...I wait a little while and a young guy in a pick up drives by. I hold up the cables, hands clasped in prayer and beg for a jump. He stops...nice guy! I get the jump, the truck starts, but it won't stay running. I notice when the truck starts with the jump that my illegal in VA radar detector says in a loud clear voice, "Welcome, buckle your seat belt!"

So, I call my 20 year old daughter, "Help me!" I say. Because I've responded correctly in the past when she's asked me, she says sure, I'll come get you. How do I get there? My daughter, who's lived in Virginia Beach for most of her life and rode in the car a million times to the airport told me she didn't know how to get to the airport. I told her to get on the 64, head towards Hampton and follow the signs for the airport. Somehow, she ended up on the 464!!! I managed to guide her in and get home. Since you don't live around here you really can't understand how far out of the way she was...I live 10 minutes from the airport and she was at least 20 minutes in the wrong direction...and at one point was only two minutes away from me...but she still saved me, so I bought her lunch today.

Thanks to my buddy Rick, I now have my baby back! New battery, new lugs...life is good once again.

Travelling all day sucks as it is...but ending it like that...because of something stupid I did!!! Let's hope I learn from this...
 
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Sounds like someone needs a Tom Tom for Christmas.
 
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