Sunday, May 2, 2010

This is Why I'm Not in Charge of the Cars

I need to update on Psychic Dave.  And how I think he gets his psychic powers either through people's toes or his dog's excessive licking issues.  Trust me - it will all be in the recap.

But first I need to tell you a story about my car.

Last week I had to drive down to Kansas City to give a presentation on legal stuff.

It was super exciting.  (Not). 

On the drive back up to Nebraska, a warning light on my dashboard lit up.

I picked up my cell phone and called Scott.  (Sorry, Oprah).

Scott:  Hello?

Me:  Hey, a warning light just popped up on my dashboard.

Scott:  What does it say?

Me:  It doesn't say anything.  It's a picture.

Scott:  Well, what's it a picture of?


I looked at it closely.

Me:  Um...a helicopter.

Scott:  What?

Me:  Or maybe a video camera.

Scott:  You have a picture of a helicopter or a video camera on your dashboard.

Me:  Or it might be a fish. A fish wearing a graduation cap.

Scott:  Okay, let's back up.  What shape is it?

Me:  It's a circle-square.

Scott:  A what?

Me:  You know, like a circle-ish square.

Scott:  No, I don't know.

Me:  It's like a blob.  Like a blobby square.

Scott:  Is it the oil pressure guage?

Me:  I dunno.  What's that look like?

Bless his heart, he tried to speak to me in my own language.

Scott:  Um...like a genie lamp.

Me:  No, it's definitely a helicopter.

Luckily I made it home before my car exploded.  When I showed the actual light to Scott, he informed me that it was a picture of an "engine block."  Whatever that is.

I said to him, though, "Seriously - doesn't it look like a helicopter?"

And he said.  "Maybe.  But I would have gone with submarine."

Hmm.  I can totally see it.

65 comments:

VKT said...

Lol....you are a riot. Now, when are you going to tell us what happened with psychic Dave????

Jessica Warrick said...

LMAO men think we women know the same stuff about cars as they do i would have totally been like i dont know it looks like a engine thingy to me. But that is only because i have seena nd engine before. lol

Aging Mommy said...

Love it! I would have had no idea what this meant - only warning sign I understand is the one that shows a picture of my car and an arrow showing me which door I have not shut properly, which happens ALL the time!!

Jennifer @ The Toy Box Years said...

This very thing happened to me last Monday morning!!!! But the conversation was with my dad and not my husband since he was unreachable in the field.

Thank goodness it was only the "change the oil you stupid dummy because I'm 15,000 miles overdue" light.

Hope yours was an easy fix too!

Jen said...

It totally does look like a helicopter.

criticalcrass said...

it looks a helluva lot more like a helicopter than a submarine.

bbcd mama said...

That was really funny. And I love how he tried to talk to you in your own language, too.

Chelle said...

Dude--I totally go the helicopter! Haha! Why can't a light that says "Engine" light up?! Geez...

xoxo

Sadia said...

That's HYSTERICAL. I'm married to a helicopter mechanic, and I'm sure that if I told him that it looked like a helicopter (which it TOTALLY does), he'd point out all the ways in which it doesn't look a helicopter. However, this sort of thing is precisely why I get the oil changed BEFORE it's due when hubby's away, because I'm car clueless.

Cindy said...

Oh my gosh, this made me laugh out loud!!!

MelissaKell said...

Thanks for this, it made me LOL. I could totally hear the whole conversation in my head.... Glad the car (and you) were okay, though.

Mama (Heidi) said...

So glad you were ok. This totally had me cracking up. I see the helicopter for sure.

Emily Ann said...

This is absolutely hilarious! Reminds me of me and my boyfriend... Thank you for making my day!!

LivingInspired said...

I am cracking up!!!! I wouldn't have had any idea what it was either. Good to hear your car didn't blow up and you made it safely home. Who would think that thing is a universal sign drivers would understand? Jeesh

Debbi said...

You are going to send me into an asthma attack from laughing too hard! I hope you have a great SITS day!

Cleo said...

LOVE your wit!!!!!
Stoppin' in for your SITS day!
YAY you!!!! ;)

Shannon said...

My husband and I were on the floor laughing. I think it looks like a helicopter to. Happy sits day!

Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

I hate when those dashboard lights come on. I usually go right to the repair shop at the corner of my street. I think it does kind of look like a helicopter. Your description was very good of such an odd shape!

Congrats on your SITS day!

Cheryl said...

If you'd called me, I'd have saved you some time but then I'd have missed this. I love that your husband tried to speak your language. Nothing says I love you to death like a man who makes that kind of effort. Still giggling.

Happy SITS Day. You wear it well.

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

That one lights up on my car too!!!!! I had to look it up, it does look like a helicopter. It's the emission light. Your gas tank cover is loose or you need to use better fuel. The book, yes the manual for your automobile written by those folks who built it, also said it could be nothing. So clearly they are not rocket scientists.

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma, What's for Dinner
www.mawhats4dinner.com

Sarahviz said...

That light in my car is constantly on! Supposedly it's a short in the electrical in the dash...on my car anyway!
Happy SITS day!

Megan (Best of Fates) said...

So funny - I can already tell I'm going to love your blog!

Erin said...

Haha! This is hilarious...because it's true, it does look like all of those things!

JENNIFER said...

That one lights up on mine....oh dear, I'll have to keep this short and race over to the SUBARU place (where they already think I'm insane) and have it checked out. Your blog is great...I do know how you do it, and I want a Coach in MY life too!

Melinda said...

this conversation could've come from our household LOL
happy SITS day

Angie said...

Totally see the helicopter. And I can totally hear the conversation. My hubby would never let me live it down!
Happy SITS day!

gringationcancun said...

I have to agree with submarine. Definitely a submarine.

Carrie said...

LOL, I guess I'm an odd one out that I know what that symbol means?

Happy SITS day!

chele said...

Happy SITS Day. That conversation was classic.

Marie said...

Hysterical! :)))

Ronnica said...

It DOES look like a helicopter! And how would YOU know it was an engine block? It's not like you've looked at one lately...they put them UNDER the hood for a reason.

Paul and Kerry said...

LOL!! we have similiar conversations. love it. totally a helicopter.

Lacie @ Creative Attempts said...

I have actual tears coming out of my eyes lol that is so funny! you are amazingly witty ha. happy sits day

Sarah said...

Oh, that's fun! My husband says it looks like Christmas lights in my dash. I've become accustom to it and would feel weird if they went away..

the momma said...

That is hysterical! So true! I love those little lights, like that's in any way helpful to determine what's wrong with the car? And like you're going to say "Hey, my engine block is screwy. Guess I'll just pull over here and fix that right up."
Happy SITS day!

Erin I'm Gonna Kill Him said...

Funny blog. I'm a big fan of the play by play conversations my husband and I have, too. I write a lot of those down. They make other laugh while they make me cry.

Chelsea said...

Happy SITS day!! You're right- it's totally a helicopter, you're too funny!

Andrea said...

I can see submarine, but I'd go with you on the helicopter. Why would they put that there???

Happy SITS day!

Belle said...

Don't you just love being married to your best friend?!! :) Seriously the only way to go... That is HI-larious! That and "release the cracker". :D

Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points said...

That cracked me up. I want words. I want "CAR IS OVERHEATING" or "TIMING BELT IS WEARING OUT" or "FOR GOD'S SAKE, DON'T PUSH THIS BUTTOM AGAIN."

But I've noticed that manufacturers seldom have me in mind.

Happy SITS day! Love the blog!

Heather said...

ROFLMAO I just read this post to my husband. He's all like, how is it a fish? I'm like honey, look, it looks like a fish with a graduation cap. It really does. More like that than an engine block. My husband is too serious. I like yours better. :)

Lucy postpartumillness.com said...

Now that is a funny story.

Lori said...

I woulda went with "flux capacitor." That is my go-to description of anything that I am clueless about. It works for pretty much anything. BTW I am an attorney as well :) No twinsies tho.

cheri said...

this is too funny :) i suppose you lose at pictionary?

happy SITS day :)

♥ Becky ♥ said...

OMG that totally made me crack up!!!!

Happy SITS Day!!

Scraps said...

Unfortunately I know that light all too well--3 repairs in 3 weeks before I traded that sucker in and got one that had it's little electronic mind in the right place.

While, yes, it could be a number of minor things it's also something to get checked out--if you have OnStar they can do a diagnostic for you before you call the dealership or mechanic, otherwise you've got to take it in to see if it's something big or little.

magically ordinary said...

How have I never found you before? You are a riot!

Happy SITS day from your newest devoted follower!

Jenny said...

Hilarious. I have found that there is kind of a "dashboard for dummies" section in the owner's manual that has pictures, it helps me a lot!

Happy SITS Day!

Jackie at 3littleones said...

Haha - absolutely hysterical!!!!! (prob b/c I can totally relate and I would have had a similar conversation w/ my husband...) happy sits day!

Kate said...

I was thinking video camera, but I can totally see helicopter or submarine.... too funny! Congrats on your SITS day, your blog is hilarious :)

Natalie said...

Stopoping by from SITS congrats! This post was hilarious - I've had a similar conversation :)

I have three under three - a toddler and twin 8 month olds...but I don't work (outside of the home, anyways). You go girl!

Rachel Cotterill said...

I love this! I wouldn't have had the first clue what it was supposed to represent, either... but a helicopter sounds about right.

Happy SITS day :)

Anti-Supermom said...

Funniest stuff happens in the car!

My check light engine goes on when I don't screw in the gas cap appropriately, how stupid is that?!

Congrats to the fish on his graduation!

:)

shawna said...

Thanks for the laugh at your expense. I know I would've been right there with you" a fish for sure"

pbenjay said...

Loved the helicopter and graduating fish light on your dashboard. Similar mystery light appeared on my dash this weekend and I should NOT have ignored it. Oh dear.

Jennifer Eoff said...

LOL... I love the graduating fish! You are hysterical!

partialemptynester said...

Happy SITS Day!!!!!!! Crackin me up with your descriptions...love it!!!!!

Hannah said...

You're husband must be great. He sounded so patient as you described the picture on your dash board.

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LisaDay said...

A helicopter. I love it. Scott is a keeper.

Happy SITS day. You make me laugh so I am now following you.

LisaDay

mrs. b. said...

LOVES IT! i have always considered it a video camera, myself. and maybe once or twice i've thought "holy crap, i'm being filmed!" maybe.

Greta said...

Wow you sound like my husband and me. I always call him when crap starts lighting up in my van. He tries to dumb it down for me too...sometimes it works. Men are so patient sometimes ;)

Queen Bee said...

LOVE your blog!! Here from SITS! This post had me cracking up... loooove it!

hy said...

really hilarious. i laugh loud

Anonymous said...

Hi - Very funny..I enjoy your blog. I would have to go with VTOL aircraft...vertical takeoff and landing...you know, it flies straight up like a helicopter and then flies forward like a plane?? Cindy (aunt to triplets)

Kristen said...

So I'm sitting at work when I come across your blog. It's the first time I've read it. I stumble upon this post and as I read further and further I begin laughing so hard that I start crying... except I'm in a fancy office so laughing to this extent is not really appropriate. So I try to contain my laughing. Bad idea. I end up with uncontrollable convulsions followed by blurts of hushed laughing and tears streaming down my cheeks. I'm actually wiping a little snot from my nose as I type this. Thanks for the good laugh.