Ms. Adventure

Today’s life pro tip. When the pavement ends, without warning, do not continue on. Even if the map you looked at said the road goes through to a road you know is paved.

At first, when I got stuck, I tried to dig myself out. No luck. So I called USAA roadside assistance. They immediately dispatched a tow truck. A few minutes later, I got a call from the guy from the tow company. He asks: “You passed the fairgrounds?” Yep. “Are you past the church?” Yep. “One or two one-lane bridges?” Two. “Did you pass the state hunting grounds?” Nope. “I know exactly where you’re at. I used to live out that way. I’ll be in my 30-foot truck, you can’t miss me. We’ll pull you out.”

It took 2 hours to pull me out and load my car on the tow truck, and then 20 minutes to get me to pavement. As we’re driving back, the tow truck driver says, “Pulled a 4X4 out of there a week or two ago.”


Going over the first (second I passed on the way in), he says, “This bridge didn’t used to have guard rails. One beer and you had to call your friends to pull you back on the road.”

Four miles closer to pavement, “Pulled a Jeep out of there about a month ago. You got pretty far.”

I responded, “I don’t do anything half-assed.”

“Nope,” he said, “you’re a pretty good driver. Is your car four-wheel drive?” Nope.

And my car, here’s a picture of Tincup Tina, the brave 1990 Mitsubishi Mirage that took me on this adventure: 

At least it was free with my USAA insurance roadside assistance. Him coming to get me 10 miles off-road was $300, plus at least $250 for the pulling me out of dirt. Nice.

Really!?!?!?! I went out to my car this morning and the passenger seat was moved forward. Hmmm…

  1. I leave the car unlocked because fixing a broken window would total the car’s value of $300.
  2. Everything from the glove box (coupons, owner’s manual, car registration, insurance card, extra interior light bulb, extra fuse, pen from Jax Sheriff’s Office, sunglasses case, glasses cleaning rag) was strewn about the passenger seat.
  3. The only thing missing was my prescription sunglasses that I paid $60 for. Really??!!?  They were the old prescription and on the way to be donated to the Lion’s Club.
  4. You didn’t even try to steal the radio. It doesn’t work anyway, so no big deal, though at least with that I could have filed a police report.
  5. Still in the car, though moved around:
    • Umbrella
    • laundry detergent, economy size
    • brake fluid
    • engine oil
    • large container of water (1.5 gallons)
    • 1-liter water bottle
    • 2 bags of clothes for the Goodwill
    • a box full of canvas tote bags
    • Rocawear flannel
    • a beach bag with a beach towel, floppy hat, sunblock, and flip flops

You may think that because you have my address from the registration and insurance (if you were bright enough to write it down as you didn’t take any of these), you will now be able to tell when I’m gone. Wrong. I’ll be parking elsewhere for the next month or so. And my neighbor, who is currently unemployed, knows what happened. He has a German Shepard. He’s home all day. And he’ll be watching my place. Also, I have a very flexible work schedule, so I’ll be stopping by the apartment unexpectedly several times a day the rest of this week.

To the jerk who trashed my car: don’t worry, you will be caught for something else. As your actions show, you aren’t the brightest bulb and that will eventually get you caught. As a friend is fond of saying, Karma is a goddess.

You probably got here because all of my other info on the card I handed you said somcak, and I mentioned I had a WordPress blog so naturally you would go here. It’s okay. The blog you actually want is http://lawlibrarynewsroundup.wordpress.com/.

Poor Ignored Blog!

I have been busy moving and starting work in FL.  I’ll start updating the blog regularly next week with a new schedule.

Work is amazing!  I have found my dream job: Reference Law Librarian.  My co-workers are awesome!

And here, enjoy a kitty picture!

I got a *real* job in Jacksonville, Florida!  I’m super excited and will be moving in the next 2 weeks.  Ack!  So, needless to say, I won’t be posting much here until I get settled there!

Bye PGH, I liked you, and I’m sure I’ll visit!


Yeah, I haven’t blogged in a while – life got busy there!  But I still have my happy kitties!

Feegs had a *bit* of an FHV outbreak, it’s under control now, but here’s a rare pic with an eye-booger:

But how can you not love that face?

NYC Trip

I went to NYC last week.  I arrived Wednesday and took the AirTrain to the subway into Manhattan.

JFK Airport

I got off the subway at 40th Street, and walked to Bryant Park.

Bryant Park

then I walked to…


I then walked to the hotel on 56th between Broadway and 8th.

Hotel Room

Then I met a friend for dinner at Vanessa’s Dumplings (we had Peking duck sesame pancakes and pork dumplings!  YUMMY!).  This was when I realized there is no escaping the people!  There are people everywhere!  We then went to a trivia night at People’s Lounge, which was fundraiser for the New York Women’s Foundation.  In the raffle, I won a bracelet and earrings, my friend won 2 bracelets!  I took the subway back to the hotel  and slept.

Thursday morning, I woke up early and bought a muffin and coffee from a newsstand, then walked to Columbus Circle and sat at the southern edge of Central Park to eat breakfast.

Columbus Circle

Central Park

I then went to MoMA to see the Tim Burton exhibit (FABULOUS!!) and other art.

MoMA Art

I then met one of my bosses from my research job for lunch at Good Burger (think Five Guys but better).

Subway to Battery Park to see the Harbor,

NY Harbor

And the first National Park on my tour, Castle Clinton.

Castle Clinton

Then I walked up to Wall Street!

NY Stock Exchange

To the next National Park – Federal Hall (where George Washington was sworn in).

Balcony that GW was sworn in on

Inside Federal Hall

I then walked to City Hall Park to see the Peter Coffin exhibit “Untitled (Sculpture Silhouettes)” – silhouettes of famous sculptures.  Very interesting!

City Hall Park

Then I walked another few blocks to the next National Park – African Burial Ground.  Amazing.  The museum portion is housed at the street level of the federal building, the burial area around back.  If you don’t know about this, please look it up!  It still gives me chills thinking about it.

I went back to the hotel and rested for an hour or so before taking the subway to Strand Books.  I walked around Union Square and the shops for a bit, before catching the subway to Greenwich Village.  I walked around there a bit, then ate dinner at Caliente Cab – really good Mexican food, if a bit pricey.  Then I took the subway back to 42nd Street to walk and sit around Times Square.

Times Square

Times Square

Then back to the hotel.

Friday, I got up, grabbed a bagel and coffee from the street cart, and went to my final National Park of the trip – the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace.

TR Birthplace

I then ran back to the hotel to check out, then took the subway back to Greenwich Village to have a slice of pizza at Famous Joe’s.  Then off to the airport and back to PGH.

I had a great time!  I loved the food and subway.  I got used to being around so many people all the time.  I loved the big, tall buildings.  And the go, go, go of the city was great.  I’m already planning my return trip to NYC!


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