Monday, February 05, 2007

Cold Weather and a Good Samaritan

It's frigid outside...and especially so at 4:30 in the morning...which is when we had to leave so hubby could catch a plane.

On the way to the airport, the wiper fluid wasn't working well and the conclusion (while driving) was that the line must be frozen. It wasn't too much of a problem until after I dropped him off and started home. When the trucks came by on the wet roads and the wiper fluid didn't come out - I couldn't see at all.

I concluded that I must be out of wiper fluid since even the passenger side had stopped working, so I stopped at the first available place to purchase some. Which is when the difficulty started...

I couldn't find the hood release. (Now, I know that some of you may be thinking "what a girl" but this is something I usually don't have to worry about, so I never really paid that much attention to it.) Fortunately, there was a gentleman at the station who offered to take a look under the dash, too. He couldn't find the release, but thought maybe it was by the seat...turns out - nope!

Well, never one to eschew instructions, I got out the owners manual and, while I was looking it up, the gentleman decided to wash the windows for me - front and back. He stayed while I opened the hood and located the wiper fluid container. While I thanked him profusely for his kindness, he was gone before I finished filling the fluid, so I didn't get a chance to offer him a cup of coffee or anything.

So, many thanks to the kind man who helped me out at 5:30 this morning.

ASIDE: Great photo our our friend, Ryan Lashaway, and his iceboat in today's Blade. We ran into many snags getting out on the ice...cold weather (usually don't sail under 10 degrees) and too much wind on Saturday. Sunday, the water the wind pushed out previously came back in, filled around the boats and froze - leaving the boats stuck and too much water under the thin layer of ice separating us from the good ice and a successful iceboating day. Rumor has it that it's supposed to warm up to around 20 by next weekend. If we actually manage to sail, I'll post photos here.

Stay warm!!!


Unknown said...

I'm not going to tease you about being such a "girl" lol - especially since I know there are a few different makes of vehicles that seem to take pleasure in making you have to figure out how to open the hood.

I wondered when I saw the picture in the Blade if that was someone you knew. Here's to hoping next weekend is better.


Maggie said...

The worst part about that stupid hood release is that, after reading the owner's manual, I remember that it's on the side panel and then I feel really foolish.

Hooda Thunkit (Dave Zawodny) said...


I understand perfectly what you went through with the hood opening; I found mine near the driver's door opening where I would have expected the foot brake release (the foot brake doesn't have a separate release, it's pump on - pump off.

Sheesh! Modern cars... ;-)

Unknown said...

It happens Maggie, back years ago when I worked at a gas station it never ceased to amaze me how many women (and a few men) didn't know how to check or add oil or other fluids to their cars, let alone open the hood. It used to be pretty easy to figure out how to open something as simple as a hood.


Kate said...

Not a really a question of a 'girl' thing. Most people don't do their own car maintenance anymore. Washer fluid, oil changes - nothing. You can drive into Valvoline and for about 35.00 you tires, fluids, oil change and lube will all be done in about 15 minutes. While you sit and listen to the radio. So why would we know?

You're right. That's what the owners' manual in the glovebox is for :-)

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