Southern Man

Monday, October 29, 2012


Any time one comments on the joy and comfort of "routine" life throws you a curve ball. Southern Man slipped out of work at mid-afternoon to hit the coin-op laundromat and do a little geocaching. So he pulls into the laundromat and finds - surprise - that the doors are locked. OK, fine, there are plenty of other laundromats on the route home so he put the laundry back into The Hyundai and hopped in and -

the key wouldn't turn.

Well, that came right out of left field. After fiddling with it for a while and determining that the ignition was well and truly broken Southern Man called his favorite tow service and after a wait of a couple of hours finally got hooked up and to the Hyundai dealer right as the service department was closing.

He'd called ahead to let them know he was coming in and to arrange a ride home but fortunately they had a loaner car so Southern Man gets to ride around for a day or two in this:

Why, yes, that is a 2013 Sonata.

It's very nice and would give Southern Man a mild case of new-car fever but the other two aren't quite yet paid for, so no. Not yet. Besides, the Sonata is a four door and Southern Man is in the coupe phase of his life.


Southern Man is pleased that cars like this exist and that in not too many years he'll be able to spoil himself a bit and purchase one. He's thankful that his roadside assistance package means the tow didn't cost him anything out-of-pocket. He's not so happy that The Hyundai is broken and that it's going to cost him money to get it fixed. But in the meantime he will enjoy the Sonata for a day or two.


At Tuesday, October 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You need a tow service so much that you have a favorite one? Hmmmm....Is it all that red dirt on the land?

At Tuesday, October 30, 2012, Blogger Southern Man said...

Back in my married days when we had old cars we got towed so often that the insurance company threatened to revoke our roadside service coverage. There was one memorable Valentine's Day when we both had to get towed to the shop. I think my old Explorer hooked up with every tow truck that service operates.

At Wednesday, October 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I can shed some light on Southern Man's acquaintence with tow truck. He tends to NOT get his cars fixed when they first show signs of trouble. He waits until, well, they need a tow. I used to ride to lunch with him in cars that banged and jerked so much it was a wonder we made it back to the office.

Girl Programmer.

At Wednesday, October 31, 2012, Blogger Southern Man said...

Southern Man sez: any driveable vehicle is not in need of repair!

At Thursday, November 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ladies, I noticed some of you showed some romantic interest in Southern Man. He is a nice guy, but you have been warned about his approach to transportation. "Driveable" to him means it will start, and go forward, and THAT IS ALL. Keep your own car.

Girl Programmer

At Thursday, November 01, 2012, Blogger Southern Man said...

Ouch. "Nice guy?" That's the romantic kiss of death, GP. But, yes, I did drive a car for some time that had no working reverse gear. So?


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