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    • #447171
      Ohio Barbarian
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      Well, the adventure began when we went to the wrong hotel near Detroit. Who knew there would be two Hampton Inns in Auburn Hills, of all places? That was easily corrected, but this morning the car wouldn’t start. Probably, hopefully, a dead battery. It never occurred to me to check the damned thing. At least I joined AAA a few months ago.

      I texted them, and today being Sunday, the only response so far is that they don’t know when someone will be out to try replacing the battery. I wouldn’t be surprised if it won’t be until tomorrow. We have to just wait. If nothing else, we do have some friends in the area. We just have to hope the old car will be operable sometime tomorrow so we can continue on. Otherwise, I’ll be out a whole helluva lot of money for nothing. So now we wait. At least we’d planned for another night here.

      I’d far rather be at home right now. So it goes.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

    • #447179
      jbnw
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      Hopefully just a battery – not fun, but not the worst it could be.

    • #447180
      Pam2
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      Auburn Hills, where stadiums go to die. Sorry about the dead battery.

    • #447183
      djean111
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      I assume you have not put a dog (a la Mittens) or an expired elderly relative on the roof of your car.

      America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

      Everything I post is just my opinion, and, honestly, I would love to be wrong.

    • #447186
      David the Gnome
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      Makes me think of “Uncle Buck”, it could always be worse.

      Vacations can go wrong in all kinds of weird and funny ways.  When my fiance and I went to Old Orchard Beach (Maine) more than half of the businesses were closed.  Still, we managed to have a pretty good time.  I’m kinda crazy about the ocean.  Always feels like coming home.

      Driving through the traffic downstate was crazy.  I was sure I was going to have an accident or a heart attack.

    • #447213
      Ohio Barbarian
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      Which was five years old. They had it replaced by noon.

      In another stroke of luck, the Browns are on the TV and all the local Lions fans are quite sensibly pulling for them since they are in the process of beating Barack Obama’s favorite team, the division rival Chicago Bears.

      And Coney Island chili dogs, a Detroit invention, not a New York one, are fantastic.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

      • #447281
        3fingerbrown
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        Beg to differ OB! I believe President Carpetbagger’s favorite sports teams changes according to the proximity one is to his newest mansion.

        All governments lie to their citizen's, but only Americans believe theirs.

        • #447297
          Ohio Barbarian
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          In which case, that would make Obama a Patriots and Red Sox fan. Good. I can’t stand them, either.

          It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

          You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

    • #447214
      So Far From Heaven
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      and didn’t check your battery status?

      No shit.

      How about the fucking tires? Radiator? Damn air-conditioning? How about the fucking brakes? Might want to stop somewhere.

      No tools in da car? You coulda had a batt delivered from a parts store, ya know. They can bill ya a bazillion dollah right there at yur room for it!

      • #447217
        Ohio Barbarian
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        Oh well, no harm done, except some frustration in the morning. On the bright side, I got to see the Browns crush Da Bears. I wasn’t expecting them to be on in Detroit, but they were.

        Tomorrow it’s on to Mackinaw City. I get to drive thru Flint; that should be fun. If any city is going to make Cleveland look like a thriving, prosperous city, it’s Flint.

        It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

        You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

    • #447225
      Utopian Leftist
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      I get to drive thru Flint; that should be fun.

      If they offer you some of Barry’s Amazing Brownwater™ . . . run! 😉

      My battery once died on the very sharp, upward curve of a highway off ramp. You literally could not see my tiny Geo Metro until you were feet away. This was back in the 1990’s before cell phones. Amazingly, by the time (an hour) a cop went by me, no one had smashed me to smithereens and my battery had acquired exactly enough juice to honk at him.

      “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” ~ Krishnamurti
      "Given the choice between a Republican and a Democrat who acts like a Republican, the voter will choose a Republican every time." ~ Harry Truman

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      Pam2
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      • #447554
        Ohio Barbarian
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        Damned good stuff. What a gorgeous little town! And our hotel is right on the beach. We watched the sunrise this morning. It is very peaceful here. We love it. Off to the island today. Looks like one of the ferries hauls ass. We’re taking that one, so I can find out if Mrs. Barbarian gets sea sick in the mild stuff.

        It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

        You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

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