Some of you may know that over Christmas, we discovered that my car hood was closing but not latching. Several of us concurred that the hood was probably unlikely to fly up while driving and therefore was not an urgent concern.
The problem here is that those of us making this assumption really don't know anything - at least, not about cars. So yesterday while Laura was driving along Lake Shore Drive, the hood did in fact fly up. Oops. Luckily, she was able to pull over and several very nice people who seemed to know at least a little more about cars were able to get the hood down and tie it in place, and she and Cecil both returned safely.
Unfortunately, Cecil is now at the Toyota dealership waiting for a new hood, and probably a new fender and column as well. Now, apparently, when a hood flies up on its own, it often shatters the windshield. This did not happen, and I am as thankful for that as I'm sure Laura will be when she discovers this. On the other hand, I can't imagine that a new hood, fender, and column will come in at anything other than Expensive. Yikes.
However, while today was not a good car day/money day, it was an excellent mail day. I got a very funny "happy monday" card from Susie, an Ohio State Buckeyes postcard from Heather, and a package from Rhonda with a beautiful painted plate from her recent trip to Jerusalem.
This means that overall, today was still a much better day than the last few. Huzzah for that!