Well, momma said there’d be days like this ……
Yeh, I know this isn’t a blog which details my personal life, and I don’t typically like to share, but, sometimes they’re too awesome not to share. Other times, like today, well, they’re too …… something.
Happily, though, I did survive the huge winter storm Goliath which has swept across the Plains and Midwest. We were fortunate to miss the brunt of the storm. Many were not. My thoughts and prayers go out to the survivors who lost loved ones as a result of the storm. I think it’s important to count our blessings when we get frustrated with life.
Currently, I’m trying to figure out how to get inside my truck, which now has two broken opening mechanisms from the outside. My driver’s side door handle broke a while back. NBD for a spry and lithe young guy like me. I just crawled over from the passenger side. Well, until this morning. The storm dumped a lot of rain and then snow on top of us. Then, of course, it got cold. So, as I went to hop into my truck this morning I snapped the inside mechanism ….. whatever it is. When it happened to my driver’s side, I took the door panel off to see if I couldn’t fix it ……. forget fixing it, I couldn’t reach it! If and when I ever get one of the doors open, I’m going to have to cut some metal out just to get to the mechanism. But, that wasn’t running through my mind this morning. It wouldn’t have bothered me much, but, after a moment standing there processing the snapping sound I heard and the lack of tension on the door handle, I noticed I didn’t really park properly out of the way of my wife’s car. (Her fault!!! She parked too far to the north!!!) And, I saw where one of her tires was low ….. as far as I could tell, the sun doesn’t come up that early in the winter. So, I went in a brewed a pot of coffee and sat for a bit. Finally, when I could see, I figured I could limp the poor tire to the local gas station and air it out, but, getting out of the driveway would be a trick. After doing some nifty turning on a semi-frozen yard, I was able to angle out of my driveway and go on about my business.
Coming home, my son-in-law was on my steps taking to my wife. He needed a jump. I was able to take the same angle into the drive to park. Getting back out was another matter. Taking some of the same turns to get out, it became apparent that there had been some significant thawing of the ground ……… sigh. Down she went! Yep! The water was still there! Well, mixed with the ground to make some very soft mud. We tried the various fixes for getting unstuck to no avail. Son-in-law even did some shoveling. It wouldn’t have been so bad, but, where the front-wheel drive vehicle was it couldn’t really go forward because some jackass didn’t get the truck parked properly! Finally, Mrs. Suyts had to get behind the wheel so we could have two pushers. The woman knows not to stop when getting the car moving! The yard lost the war, though. Then, …………
Well, when comparing my minor inconveniences the storm brought to what many others went through, things don’t look so bad. I’m truly a blessed man!
I had thought some Stevie Ray for the post, but, how about some Van Morrison! It’s a special treat is that if you let the video play through you’ll get some other fantastic music!