8 years of college but still learning the hard way

Today I (Joel) received a distinctly West Texas education. You’d think after 8 years in college I’d know how to answer this question:

“What should you do when it’s 40 degrees C outside, you’re driving your ’77 Nova at 45mph with the windows down because it’s short trip and the a/c takes a while to kick in, and you see (and smell) a large hairy carcass formerly belonging to a now-unindentifiable animal dead-centre in your lane 10 meters ahead? It has not yet been flattened. Should you:

a) swerve around it, like all the drivers behind you who know better

b) speed up and try to flatten it, just for kicks

c) try to straddle it, driving directly over it so that (in theory) your wheels pass by safely on either side, even though the suspension on your car gave out years ago and you already ride mere inches above the ground?”

I opted for “c”, and the results were… instantaneous. Even if my aim wasn’t off and I hadn’t nailed it with the driverside tire, we ride so low that it would probably have got hooked on the underside anyway. We had to smell that thing all the way to our small group meeting and back. People like my younger sisters already think our car is nasty – I’m afraid I can’t really argue with them anymore, at least until that stuff cooks off in the Texas heat.

3 thoughts on “8 years of college but still learning the hard way”

  1. Putrescent doesn’t even begin to describe the stench belonging to that beast….the dead animal, that is, not the car. Of course, now the smell belongs to the car, I suppose. I hope it wears off quickly! Maybe it will be a good fundraising tactic…when we go visit churches, they’ll give us $$ just to get rid of us and our smelly car!!! – jessica

  2. I was Googling ‘edible insects’ and discovered a whole new ‘world’ of your blogs :). What a present for the year of Dragon! It’s a living history of China. Thanks!

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