Thursday, March 19, 2009

My car caught fire

Yeah. You read that right. My dang car caught fire.

In the daycare parking lot (which seems to be a curse for my car), I turned the ignition (which I have to do in neutral now b/c it won't start in 'park' - won't even go into 'park' ever.), and there was a loud pop, a sizzle, and smoke started pouring out of the seams in the hood. Small electrical fire.

And you know what. I was so mad, so pissed, that I stood there and let it burn out, then I started the freaking thing and drove it home. Ha! Damn car. I have no idea if it will start again. Hub, of course, is out of town, and my kid might be stuck at daycare.

As some of you might remember, the thing has been giving me trouble for a while now. It does have 140,000 miles, and I always said I'd drive it until it died . . . Oy. I'm screwed. Can't buy a new car right now. Can't buy new car means can't take kid to daycare. No day care means no big word-counts.

Bah.

6 comments:

Becky said...

Whoah, whoah, whoah. Don't jump to such conclusions, Anxiety Girl! (please see cartoon: http://www.nataliedee.com/050908/now-im-a-superhero.jpg) You drove the thing home, the fire is out. Just drive it, what's the worst that can happen? It catches on fire again and you get out and leave it where it died. Honestly, if it has already been on fire, thrown it's fit, and gone out, it probably won't happen again at least for a while.

There's always the back up plan of putting Baby in a football helmet and bubble wrap and just letting him watch himself. (Reasons why I will never be a parent...) Make sure the duct tape around the bubble wrap isn't too tight!

Jax Cassidy said...

**Hugs** I feel for you. I'm surprised you made it home. Hope it won't be a costly fix.

pseudosu said...

Maybe do what Becky said but invest in a fire extinguisher. My car caught on fire once in a bar parking lot. me and my friend popped the hood and threw snowballs at it until it went out. Then we drove it around partying more...

Kelly Gay said...

That bubble wrap idea sounds so promising, Beck! ;-)

Thanks, Jax. And Sue, OMG, that story is hysterical.

I'll be starting up the beast in a little bit to go pick up my son -- wish me luck!

Yolanda Sfetsos said...

OMG! I hope the car's got all its issues out of the way and you can drive it around (safely) with no probs. :)

Tia Nevitt said...

Yes, please get an extinguisher.

And consider buying a temporary used car. I hear the used car market is very much a buyer's market these days.

I'm still driving my '95 Nissan King Cab. It's a stick shift, which might be why it's lasted so long.