Last night I was on my way to meet my dinner companion. I set out with a little time to spare and happily sang along with the radio as Chicago traffic lurched and jerked on its congested way from my River North office to my friend's place up north.
As I pulled onto the main street along my route, I noticed that the tank was at 1/4 full, and a few mins later saw the "get gas soon" light turn on. Usually this means I have a few more gallons to spare and needn't hurry to refuel, so long as I tend to the matter within 5-10 miles.
Not even 1 mile down the road, I pulled through an intersection driving in the far left lane, and felt my car wheezing to a crawl. Thinking the heat had caused it to stall, I was LUCKY , because AT THAT VERY SECOND, there was a rare break in traffic in the right lane, so I was able to very quickly crank the wheel and get into the right lane. Traffic was HEAVY so this break was amazingly fortuitous! As soon as I pulled over, traffic turned into bumper to bumper chaos again! wow!
NOT ONLY THAT...As I eased into the far right, the safest position I hoped for, THERE WAS A PARKING SPOT RIGHT ALONG THE CURB!!!
Even better, I was able to pull into it without parallel parking. Given how rare parking is in CHicago, much less EASY parking like this...I figured it was a miracle, and sent some gratitude skyward. Phew!
It doesn't just stop there.
As I looked to the left, and then the right...
...I realized that my car had stopped at the curb alongside a GAS STATION!!!!
. Although I couldn't restart my car to pull in, I had only about 15 ft to walk in order to buy gas,and get going again.
Inside the gas station, I met the sweetest attendant, another miracle since so many Chicago "service" workers are either mean or at best, indifferent. This gas station and the sweet lady must have appeared out of somewhere supernatural. It was really just uncanny.
Not only that, but car issues like that can just kill the evening if you have to wait for AAA to tow you or get gas,, or you have to walk through the heat to a gas station, etc. This whole snafu resolved itself so nicely that I was only 30 mins late for my dinner..which, to add to the pile of happy fortune, was keen for my dinner companion as he was overjoyed to have been able to take a 20 minute power nap while waiting for me.
It was funny; even as I felt the car give way, I decided not to get upset and let the flow carry me through. I really chose to believe that my much ancticipated dinner plans would still be enjoyed...and they were.
Definitely choosing to see the glass as half FULL affected the universal calibration...dialing up the "smooth cycle"
Hope you guys are similarly lucky!!!