Coming Home

28th November 2006

Thus far, I’ve spent 32 waking hours in a car in the last seven days. Apologies for the lack of posts, I thought the place where we were staying had Internet access, but I was not correct. I am an utter failure at the NaBloPoMo experiment.

Yesterday, we stopped for a van that had slid off the road into a ditch in Nevada. There were three adults and a two-year-old girl in the van. None of them spoke English, and none of them had warm clothes. I stumbled along in halting Spanish, and figured out that two of the adults (the ones with the baby) were deaf and possibly mute. I briefly wondered how we managed to end up in a David Lynch movie.

We took those two and the kid to a dubious bar/grocery called Water Hole #1, and explained the situation to a weathered, unhappy bartender. “What am I supposed to do with them?” he asked. We told him we’d return to tell the other guy where they were, and he’d pick them up.

We bought them some food and drinks, and wrote down what was happening in Spanish so they’d know. As we left, one of the drunk patrons was ambling toward the counter with a variety box of travel-sized cereals for the little girl.

Right now we’re in a hotel in Reno, preparing for the rest of the drive home. First, we’ll need to get chains. And about 16 magazines. And at least three tubes of chapstick.

Tomorrow I’ll return to our regularly scheduled programming. I’m in karmic debt for six posts. Fortunately, I’ve got some time on my hands.

17 thoughts on “Coming Home

  1. Bob

    Ditto Brandy & M. Kennedy!

    Oh, and you HAVE to have the lobster roast over at the Golden Nugget. There is a restaurant just off of the main casino floor to the right as you go in. They cook it in front of you.


  2. MontanaJen

    I can’t cast stones. I just commented to Jess that: “…I had Thanksgiving, a birthday, my sister’s birthday, a playoff game for my alma mater, and a fancy schmancy cocktail party to go to, all while trying to drink seventeen cases of red wine. Needless to say, I missed a few days myself….”

    Your helpful adventure should bank big for you in the Karma department, if I were the boss of the world, I would call a pass on the six days missed…

  3. April

    I thought pregnant ladies were supposed to get all the help! Shouldn’t this be a story about someone escorting you over a puddle of water?

  4. Jill

    Hey, you were in my neck of the woods (I’m at Tahoe) and yeah, I’m betting you needed chains. A foot of snow and counting … Very sweet of you to stop for those people!!! We end up stopping for idiots– er, people unprepared for the Sierra winters — all the time.

  5. Dionna

    You lasted longer than I did though, I went to DC the weekend of the 10th, only to discover that my outrageously priced DC hotel charged $9.95/day for internet access (some people would say NO WAY to $10/day, but 9.95, that’s doable). What a crock!

  6. AmethystGreye

    I’ve managed to only miss two days…I’d like to claim that they slipped passed me because Noah is on a record streak with the fever but it probably wasn’t. At least you have a good reason.

  7. Kristen

    Welcome to Reno!

    Too bad you’re not staying longer. It’s no San Francisco, but it has it’s ups and downs.

    Like, you just missed “100 years of Chairs” at the Museum. You’re sad, I know.

  8. Katie

    You and Brian are the good Samaritans of the west coast, helping stranded folks and finding Dooce’s dog.

  9. Susan

    Hi Mighty Girl,

    I have a question about a shirt order I placed and am not sure how to contact you other than thru commenting. Could someone please contact me about my order. Thanks.

    Have a safe rest of your trip, I look forward to the debt of six posts.

  10. Sarah

    If you don’t have dinner plans yet, i’d like to suggest pinochio’s on moana or la famiglia on lake and first. Both are so yummy.

    And welcome to Reno!

  11. seejanemom

    I was worried for your baby with you gone for so long. Now the worst thing that might have happened is that she has a big flat spot on her head from all that sitting you did. ;) Glad you’re back safe!

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