A Stressed Bride’s New Chariot Bites the Dust

September 20, 2010 at 9:23 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 12 Comments
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I got a super fly new car last week.  I’m talkin’ Bluetooth, iPod docking station, steering wheel controls, intelligent key (which means it never leaves my purse – not to unlock doors, open the trunk, start the car, etc), a sleek spoiler and sporty alloy wheels.  I fell for it immediately.  I couldn’t stop caressing it; I had a bad case of verbal diarrhea; I volunteered to drive everywhere; I was, in a word, obsessed.

Until yesterday, when my car crush turned to pure, unadulterated rage.

The future-hubs and I were in CT for fasting-tastic Yom Kippur.  We planned to head back to Beantown around 10:30 a.m. to tackle some of the innumerable tasks on our wedding to do list, go grocery shopping (shameful admission: we haven’t been to the store in nearly a month), do homework and chores, etc.  The only problem?  My new chariot wouldn’t start.  My BRAND NEW, less-than-five-days-old, hadn’t-even-been-named car was dead.  Deceased.  Pushing up daisies.  It bought the farm.  It kicked the bucket.  It… well, you get the idea. I had a dead chariot on my hands (and in my parents’ driveway).

Andrew and I went through the manual to troubleshoot, to no avail.  I called AAA, which determined it could do nothing to help (though the gentleman who gave us said sad news, Luis, was very compassionate about it – thanks, Luis, for breaking it to me gently).  I called the dealership, I called Nissan Roadside Assistance, I called every affiliated service provider I could think of.  I had a breakdown.  I had another breakdown.  I worried my parents with my irrational and erratic behavior.  I required numerous reassurances and soothing words from Andrew.  I lost my wits.  Again.  I lamented turning in Blue Steel.  I felt sorry for myself.  And hours later (literally hours), I finally got the dealership to agree to tow it on their dime back to Massachusetts, to (eventually) provide me with a courtesy vehicle (though not in time to make it to work today) and fix my brand-spankin’-new car.

But that still left us love birds stuck in the Nutmeg State… what were a stressed bride-to-be and a busy-full-time-worker-plus-part-time-MBA-student to do?

Turn to my everyday heroes, of course.  I’d like to give a shout-out to our Knight in Shining Audi, “Rhymes-With-Father-of-the-Bride,” who graciously hauled Andrew, my sorry butt, and all our baggage (physical and emotional) back to Chez Gerrowski last night, then immediately turned around and drove the two hours (if you’re obeying the speed limit) straight back to CT.  Pops sure came through when it counted – as always!  What a guy!  And to “Sarah’s Mo,” who took a break from saving the world to handle the tow trucker while I was dissolved in a puddle of pity party en route back to Boston.

And as for my car?  Well, this gal has far too much to do to be without a faithful steed – so they’d best be fixin’ her up real pretty and real fast!  Or I may not be able to control my inner ‘zilla!



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  1. You should have left the sword in the truck as a warning. Get it fixed, or else …
    I’m sorry you had to go through that – that sucks.

    • LOL!! Love that idea! The Sword in the Sentra 🙂 Maybe I’ll bring it with me when I go pick it up (whenever it’s fixed)…

  2. Love the blog Sarah – soooo sorry that this happened though 😦 Hopefully they get it all fixed up soon – maybe upgrade?? Never hurts to ask / demand / etc 🙂

    • Yeah, you’re not kidding. At the very least they’re going to pay the $900 towing fee and give me a free rental car…
      And this is a good exercise in self-control and not letting my inner ‘zilla out. Yay?

  3. Ahhhhh!!! Seriously!?!?!?
    I am SO sorry!!!! What new car kicks it 5 days in??? They better fix it soon or else!!!! Hang in there.

    • Thanks, Kris. Needless to say, another stress on my plate right now isn’t exactly what I’ve been wishing for, but it’s all good. Right? 😉 XO

  4. That’s why you should buy American. Your Obama/commie beliefs and purchasing habits finally cost you. Jesus smote thee for your heathen ways. It’s people like you that caused the recession and Katrina. Sigh. None of this would have happened if Dubya was still in office….

    • Thanks heavens I just repented for all those sins to Jewish g-d… Perhaps this year I will truly atone and show you how dedicated I am to being a better person. All hail Dubya!

      • Geez, Sarah, just don’t pay attention to what this lunatic says anymore. He’s clearly off in the head.

        • Anyone who is buying me a zillion dollar bezel-set diamond necklace for our wedding day can’t be all bad, Steve… It isn’t his fault he’s from Texas!

  5. Gosh…That’s just what FOTBs

    • Nope, not all FOTBs are as wonderful as my FOTB! You saved us from quite a pickle yesterday. XOXO

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