Hellidays - When Bad Holidays Happen To Good People

My cousin had chosen Thanksgiving weekend for his wedding ceremony in Boulder, Colorado. He and I are very close, so he asked me to be a witness. My boyfriend and I decided to drive there from Brooklyn because we both love a good road trip.

We left at 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, planning to drive straight through to arrive just in time for a family reunion around the Thanksgiving turkey. We were making great progress having gone 700 miles as we crossed the border from Ohio into Indiana. That’s when our 11 year-old Nissan Pathfinder decided it couldn’t go another foot. Bad distributor cap.

It was about 4:30 p.m. and getting dark. We called our road club for a tow to the nearest garage. Then, we waited in the cold for about two hours. Finally, the truck came and took us an hour down the road to the nearest Nissan dealership. By the time we got to the town, it was almost 8 p.m. We knew it would be Friday morning before the dealership would be open, so we decided to get a motel room.

We got some beer and wine, decided to relax, warm up and call my cousin with the bad news that it was unlikely we would make the wedding on Saturday morning. He was disappointed but said he would ask my brother to fill in for me.

By now, we thought it was a stroke of providence. A chance to relax, enjoy each other’s company, get a turkey dinner at a quaint country inn.

Except absolutely NOTHING was open. No quaint country inn, diner, fast food restaurant, not even a Chinese restaurant. So, we feasted on microwave popcorn, hot tamales, M&Ms and potato chips from the vending machine in the motel lobby. Then, we topped it off with bad cheese nachos from the $1.50 movie theater when it opened at 7 p.m.

The car was repaired by noon on Friday. We had to hitchhike to the dealership. We left the dealership at 1:30, calculating that if we really pushed it, we could make the wedding. Which we did after driving 1200 miles in 14 hours.

My cousin was flabbergasted, but delighted.
Posted on 12/16/2009 at 08:55AM by Anonymous
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