Alternator round 2
Car: Nissan Sentra 1994
Weather: Cold Night, Snowy. Silent.
Let me set this up for you. My poor old little car had a strange habit of eating through alternators. I never had to replace a battery in the car. Instead I went through 3 alternators in 4 years.
I will bring you back to alternator #2 its January. It’s a silent snow covered night. I should be inside sipping hot coco or something. Instead I am outside quietly setting up the trickle charger on my car battery muttering profanities softly, with a flash light in my mouth.
Since this was the second alternator I was pretty aware why all this was happening and how much money I did not have to fix it till I got paid.
So I busy myself making sure I have a good connection and that I am getting aps off the meatier from the second extension cored I tried stringing from the garage.
It was so quiet that I could hear my heart beating in my red ears.
My little part of earth was experience a brief complete silence.
When from right behind me in the garage somewhere that could not have been 4 feet from my head a noise.
O what a noise so loud and strange I screamed a stream that no one heard over the other piercing the silence of my mind and place.
I felt myself go hysterical briefly for I feared my death would be attached to the noise.
The 2nd second it was happening it was over.
I now was flashlight-less as it had fallen into the snow. Curled up in the fetal position almost under my front bumper.
I was breathing like I had run from an ax murderer.
After discovering I had not wet myself I got up and marched right into the garage making the door crash into the broom collection in the corner.
I said some chose words inquiring what on God’s green earth are you doing?
To my dad hunched over his own car with earmuffs on, said. “I am setting up my new horn. It’s an Awooooooga horn.”
I was so mad I said some other chose words I am not proud of, along the lines of “Lord have F”*ng mercy”
I went back out in the cold and finished my work angrily.
Since that day the only thing I have heard louder was lightning.
Oh my head…