Some say the world will end with fire.

Others say with ice.

From what I've tasted of desire

I hold with those that favor fire.

But if I had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate,

To say that for destruction ice,

Is also great and would suffice.

Robert Frost


"Good things come to those who wait, but, only the things LEFT by those who hustle." - Unknown (at least by me)

"Life is wonderful, without it you are dead." - Hy "Pete" Peterson - Park City and Kenecott Miner

"Don't worry about those people in your past---there is a reason they are not in your present." - Unknown

"Life's tough - it's even tougher if you're stupid." - John Wayne

"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary!" - Vince Lombardi

"If you aren’t living on the edge, you’re probably taking up too much space.” ~ Attributed to Jim Whittaker by Doug ‘Swani’ Swantner, Alaska Smokejumper and Air Attack Base Manager (Ret.)

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I am married and have seven children and twenty grandchildren. I retired January 1, 2010 after working 39+ years for the Forest Service...NEW CHAPTER IN MY LIFE HAS BEGUN!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Last night on the way home from Foster Parent classes in a town about 50 miles north I started to pass a pickup truck that was going pretty slow. I got even with the truck and then the car wouldn't gain any speep. Nope.No.Speed. There was a car coming and I struggled to get past the pickup and back on my side of the road in time to miss the oncoming traffic. It wasn't really close but it scared me that I couldn't get the car to go any faster.

When I got back in my lane the check engine light was flashing---FLASHING---I have never seen one do that before. I rolled the window down to listen to the car and it was having a really hard time running. It was like it was running on two cylinders or that the exhaust was plugged. Since we were only about 30 miles from home when it did this I decided to limp it on in to home if I could. The best I could get out of the car was 60 miles an hour and that only when we were going downhill. So much of our interstate time was at 45-55 m.p.h. There wasn't a lot of traffic so we didn't pose a serious lane impediment.

When we got off the freeway I ran the stop sign because I didn't dare stop, because I didn't think I could get the car started again. Shortly after that a police car pulled in behind me followed me a couple of blocks and then passed me. I told Inklings the reason he didn't stop us was because he could tell something was wrong with the car. I ran the stop sign at the turn to our house and barely got the car up the drive way and into the garage.

Hope I can get it to the shop here in a few minutes. I'm just killing time right now waiting for them to open. My bet the problem is a plugged catalytic converter or that one of the coils is blowing the spark out the side of the coil again. I hope one of the above is all it is!!!


Amber said...

that's scary, I'm glad it made it all the way home, I hope it's just something minor!

Native Minnow said...

Could it just be something as simple as bad spark plugs? I'll hope for that.

Dee Ice Hole said...

Coil cover; 2 coils; spark organizer; four plug boots, four spark plugs. $548.12 but it has been 70,000 miles since we changed anything in the spark arena and fivce years. $0.007/mile---pretty cheap when you look at it that way.

Dee Ice Hole said...

Could have gotten by for $75.00 if I had started at the right place.

PsychDoctor said...

I drove mine about 10 miles after the light started flashing. The mechanics told me that when it flashes, you are supposed to pull over immediately and get it towed. They said I could have burned up my catalytic converter... (?)