Last night driving home from work in the early morning on US 131, my car died on the expressway. I’m guessing it was the alternator. All of a sudden my dashboard dimmed. My headlights appeared to dim, but I could click the bright lights on and off…the car seemed to lose power, so I managed to pull off to the side of the road. I put on the hazard flashers…which worked for a few minutes…then got slower and slower and then stopped altogether. The headlights wouldn’t turn off, but seemed to be dimmer. I called my wife (not wanting to bother 911) and she and my daughter showed up about 20 minutes later. In the meantime, unrelated by kind of spooky…one by one, four of the street lights turned off. So, it got kind of dark where I was. It was snowing and a decided to leave the vehicle and go about a 1/2 block south, where a concrete barrier would protect me in case a car spun out (it was snowing and cars were whizzing by. My daughter is a lawyer and found a non-emergency police number and they called a tow truck (I didn’t want to leave the vehicle there…it’s a 2002 that I got in 2001 used – figure that out with 166,000 miles on it and some rust, so it isn’t worth much, but I didn’t want it there nonetheless). A very pleasant policeman arrived and sat there with his lights on until the tow truck came. The tow truck got the vehicle up (and over to Russ and Ron’s on Alpine) in a matter of minutes ( a very pleasant and efficient driver – I thanked him several times for working on Thanksgiving morning). It was cheaper than I thought it would be.
I got to sleep around 6 am and got up to eat at noon. The food was perfect (traditional – turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, bread, cranberry sauce, Alpine Township apple pie, the decorations were simple and perfect and it was nice having daughter 3 and her family here. The snow was falling all day…fat, fluffy flakes – floating – dancing through the air on a gentle breeze. It was a Currier and Ives picture worthy of the softest and most perfect White Christmas. Most of my relatives live a distance away and it’s always nice when we can get together (a shout out to daughter 1 – joining the very big Jones family Christmas in Texas this weekend and to my mother (who just had a tooth pulled yesterday) and sister enjoying the day in Oak Ridge, Tennessee). I’m off today…I work tomorrow…it should be a good day for everyone out shopping as the snow will taper off and the road conditions will improve. UPDATE: Daughter 1′s significant other is a significant runner. Thanksgiving morning he finished 52nd in the Houston Turkey Trot. He beat all the women…again…3 years ago when he ran in that race, they made a mistake and registered him as a woman. He pointed out the mistake, but it didn’t get changed and one list had him as the top woman’s finisher.
Fresh snow cover means cold nighttime temperatures with clear skies and calm winds. The temperature reached zero in Cadillac last night, -3 in Gaylord and -5 at Indian River. If it clears out tonight, it’ll get chilly. I’m tracking a good storm system for the latter half of next week…looks like more rain than snow for us right now, but too early to tell for sure…cold air to follow around the 8th-10th. (more…)