Those of you who do not know Daphney will think this story is unbelievable. Those of you who know her a little, well, you will think, haha that is so funny! Those of you who know her very well.....you know that this is just another day.
She came to pick me up Thursday morning. Karen met us at my house and we headed out on our long weekend to the beach. We have a tennis tournament to play in in Sandestin! yay! There is a welcome party on Thursday night and we will play on Friday at 7:30am. We wanted to get a little beach time in before the tournament. We were driving along, laughing and laughing and wishing we were already there. All of a sudden the road got very bumpy! uh-oh! Daphney asked if we thought we had a flat tire. This is a VERY common occurence for Daphney. She has had her car for a little over a year and has had 6 flats!! Seriously. So, we pull over....I get out and walk around. Yes, the right front tire is flat. OH NO. We are 8 miles from the next exit. The last exit is only 1/2 mile back.....yes, we cross over the median and go back to the last exit. We were almost flattened by an 18 wheeler and then again by a dump truck. yikes! We get to the gas station and call the Volvo roadside assistance. Did I mention that her car doesn't have a spare? It doesn't come with one. Seriously! We are in Letohatchee. There are no teeth in the mouths of the people that are hanging out at the gas station. Seriously. Little worried. It will be ok. The wrecker that is coming is coming from Montgomery. 30 minutes back. We call around to see if we can find a tire closer. They will have to bring it to us and change it. No one had the tire. The wrecker gets there and we are loaded into his cab and the car is loaded onto the back. We are on our way back to Montgomery to the Volvo dealership. UGH! It's cloudy so we hope that it's cloudy at the beach, too.
When we get to the dealership they do not sell tires. ha! While they are trying to figure out what to do with us, we get some coffee. It saved the day. We felt so much better after our coffee!
They decide that Ken, the wrecker, can take us to the tire place.
We get there and Ronnie is going to help us out.
He informes us that the wheel is cracked and will need to be welded together. They can't do that. Someone else will have to! Great! We are starving. They have chicken. We eat it. Ronnie can't get over us. We are laughing and being a little loud. Karen, the third amigo, is loud.....and funny! 2 hours later......we have a car to drive. Ronnie makes us coffee for the road. We tried to get him to trade cars with us for the weekend. He wouldn't do it. Actually, we asked several people to trade, no takers. So, here we go on our way again. We pass a restaurant called Rock Bottom. Have we been there? We thought so! ;-)
Passing Letohatchee! woo hoo! We are ready for a pick me up after we go through Georgiana. We stop at C&H store to get a Dt. Mtn Dew and snicker. After the bathroom break and our sugar fix, we go out to the car. The doors are LOCKED and the keys are INSIDE! bwahhaaaahaahhhaa. All you can do is laugh! We do. The ladies inside all come out to help us. They have a "local" that can get the keys out for us. Fabulous! We call roadside assistance, again, and tell them the situation. The wrecker that is coming to help us is........are you ready? Ken, the same wrecker that took us back to Montgomery. So, here we are in a town they call Kokomo. We are meeting everyone who lives there. Tony, the local ladies man comes by and tells us that he will drive us to the beach. He asked if we were on TV! We think it's because we have all of our teeth. He also offers his house for us to spend the night if we need to! thanks, tony! Luckily the "local" showed up and had a suitcase with tools to open a car! He puts a bloodpressure cuff between the front and back windows and pumps it up. He has a stick that has a little crook on the end. Tries to push the button on the door, can't get it to work. Next he gets the key out of the ignition, pulls it up to the window........and drops it into the seat! Seriously. There are like 8 people standing around the car. We are all telling the guy how to push the unlock button on the key. Once he finally does it, we all jump up and SCREAM! We call Ken and tell him not to bother. WE are on our way......AGAIN.
Can you believe 10 minutes later.....we were pulled over for speeding? Ha! Daphney had been pulled over 3 weeks ago in the same spot by the same cop and had gotten a ticket. He walked back to his car and we were just waiting for the ticket. How could she not get one? As he was coming back to our car....we notice he has no ticket. Either Daphney is going to jail or we're not getting one! Shut the front door! He asks us why he shouldn't give us a ticket. We all just start talking at the same time. Trying to tell him our story and he finally just stops us. He didn't give us a ticket. Do you think we can make it the rest of the way? We did. Got to the house at 6:30pm. 10 hours. We took showers and raced over to Graffiti's for the welcome party. No one was there! They had all left. So, we went to Bluepoint Fishclub and ate dinner. The food was not so good. The martini was fabulous! Jacob was playing the guitar. We had a great ending to a crazy day!