Over on meisha in progress, she asked us to tell about a scary experience we've had (for Aloha Friday). Since mine was getting way to long for the comment section (me, wordy? NEVER!), I decided to post it here instead:
Okay, I have one (by the way, this is my first time doing Aloha Friday, too). When I was a teen, my parents went out of town for the weekend. My dad warned me to not use the car for anything other than running to the store or going to church because it was having problems and a mechanice would be coming by to work on it.
I had a friend staying over and we decided to head to the store. I turned the key and smoke poured into the interior through the vents. I yanked the key out and we both jumped out.
Loud popping and crackling sounds came from the hood and smoke billowed from under the hood and inside the car.
My friend went to open the hood and I yelled at her to get back and ran inside to call a guy friend. He and another friend of ours decided I was overreacting and went back to bed (can we say partying too hard?).
I called the fire department and then went outside to wait praying it wouldn't catch the house on fire or that my brother and sister wouldn't come around the side of the house (they were off playing).
The hood was turning white, paint bubbling. We heard sirens and were relieved. Then we didn't hear sirens. Finally, we heard them again and they pulled up.
After the fire was put out, a fireman came up and decided to be patranizing. I lit in to him and the fire chief walked over and apologized. Vindicated.
After they left, I called my guy friends back and mentioned that the firemen had put the fire out and we no longer needed their help, but thanks anyway!
Guess who showed up within five minutes/ Yeah. They felt like jerks lol. But hey, we made a day out of it at the beach.
Turns out, that mechanic, well, he came by all right. While we were sleeping, he removed the carberator and then put everything back the way it was (minus said carberator).
I let dad deal with that one. The afttermath: tired and engine melted onto the driveway, heavy smoke and water damage to the interior. Basically, i totalled our car without even leaving the driveway. how talented is that?
Dad's reaction: he said I should have sold tickets.