A few days ago, my friend Jeff Oakes, his beloved son Jeffery P., and Bob the Soundguy started a rocket run from Johnson City, TN to McPhereson, KS to pick up a 40 channel soundboard. He told me they were driving straight through and would stop and say hello...
Note to readers: It is a 12-15 hr drive from Johnson City to KCMO. McPhereson is another couple of hours beyond us.
On the first approach, they ended up coming through at 5am so they didn't call. Might has well have; I was up. They called again on the way through the OTHER direction at 1:30pm yesterday, but I was in a meeting. They stopped at my house to drop off some hats for my boys and (I suspect) eat a piece of cake (although Jeffy is in denial on this point.)
We spoke briefly at 5pm - they were still in town visiting other friends but fully expected to start the Cannonball Run back to Tennessee (and still hadn't really slept except for powernaps on the road). Then, at 10pm, my phone rang again. Herein, I will provide for you, the reader, an approximate transcript. Jeff's words are in italics to signify exhaustion.
Randy...Randy....our car broke down....problems....
Jeff? Where are you?
Uh...I see a Home Depot. An old junky Sears. Bad neighborhood. Lots of people talking to themselves....
Where? St. Lous?
Corner of 87th & Red Bridge Road
(Note to readers: These two are in Kansas City but never actually intersect)
You're still in KC?
Uh...yeah....car broke down...I see a Home Depot. An old junky Sears....
Do you need me to come get you?
Yes....cold....tired....must get car....towed.....
Using my supersleuth skills, I figured out where they were and raced over. I was there in 10 minutes and hauled their nearly lifeless bodies into the truck, along with the aforementioned 40 channel soundboard. They had been working on the car while watching for snipers or crazy people from the local House of Pancakes.
This morning, refreshed by real sleep and some bagels, they are once again trying to get the car fixed.
Never a dull moment.