Smith Hill Chronicles
Smith Hill Chronicles
Just a little background: my car is a 21 yr old Mercedes. I’ve had it 2 yrs. Mercedes are wonderful, and dependable cars, but when something breaks, it is “Ball bustingly”expensive to fix (sorry).
I am the son of a master mechanic, so even though I didn’t work in the “shop” with my Daddy, I couldn’t help but learn quite a bit about cars and working on them, sort of by“osmosis”, so I try to do as much as I can to fix things, AND maintain them.
My car had an “issue”with the radiator cap right after I bought it. I would get the “low water“light on the dash, and have to add water.
The remedy for this was a new radiator cap. Now, nearly two years later, I still check the water from time to time.
About 2 months ago,it was low, so I started carrying 2, ½ gallon jugs of water in my car.
About 3 days ago, I checked the reservoir and it was low, so I topped it off. The next day, I had to go to the store, and I noticed the unmistakable smell of radiator water, and thought “I must not have tightened the cap well” and meant to check it once the engine had cooled.
So, today on the way to go play for Montclair Asst. living, I smelled the radiator water, and thought; “I need to check that when I come out and the engine is cool."
When I left, and got into traffic, smelled the radiator water smell, I thought “DAMN”….then, a little while, a VERY little while later, the low water light on the dash came on. I thought; “OH DAMN DAMN!!!!!!”. Luckily there is also a temp gauge. I started watching it.
Traffic on Clairmont was exceptionally slow; I would move about 5 car lengths, then stop. I watched the temp gauge steadily climb. When I got to the intersection of Ponce and Moreland, I had long ago decided I would pullover at the station on the corner. I did this.
Now, the temp gauge had not risen ALL the way to the top, in the red, but it didn’t have far to go. Then I pulled into what had been a service station, but was now a convenience store with gas pumps.
No outside hose.
I went in, explained to the clerk my dilemma, told him I had two jugs, but just as soon as I cracked open the radiator cap, whatever was in there would escape, so what I had wouldn’t be enough. He said, no problem, bring in your jugs.
I got my jugs,popped the hood latch, and when I opened the hood, (of course I knew to crank the car before putting water into it), THERE WAS NO RADIATOR CAP!!! I thought OMG! The pressure had gotten so great it had blown off the cap!
Now, I’m pouring water into the reservoir, and searching around to see if the cap happened to still be lodged somewhere, and at the same time, wondering how on EARTH I would make it home without a radiator cap, when I saw the cap, on the lip of the engine compartment, RIGHT WHERE I HAD PLACED IT WHEN I ADDED WATER 4 DAYS EARLIER!!!
I had been driving for several days, albeit not much until today, with the radiator open, the cap firmly held in place where I had left it, by the hood pressing down on it.
I can be SOO STUPID SOME TIMES!!!!
The Gig was a success at any rate :)
About the author:
I write poetry, which I hope is inspirational.
I am also a working musician, in that I am an old guy who is still making money working and playing music.
I've been playing now for 51 yrs
These days I mainly play for older folks in Nursing Home, Assisted Living and Retirement Communities, plus the occasional party or wedding.