Typically, this intersection runs very smooth for 5 o’clock commuters going home. But on this night, there was a bit of drama.
You’re driving home thinking about whatever it is that helps you unwind from the day and suddenly see a disturbance in the traffic pattern.
As you get closer you see a car stopped “in the middle of traffic” with its hood up. What’s your first thought? An expletive? A sigh? Looky-loo curiosity? Me too.
As cars made their way around the disturbance you could see a woman frantically darting from the hood, back in the car, back to the hood, back in the car. Repeat.
Since I was on a bike, I passed her on the driver side just as she got back in. She looked stressed and nervous but fiercely determined.
I couldn’t leave the scene.
I backed up and asked if she had help coming. “No,” she smiled as she went back to the hood.
I got off my bike and came by her side. She was poking the engine with some kind of stick as she muttered, “This usually gets it. “
She got back in the car and I asked, “Do you want me to push you out of traffic?” Again she smiled while cranking the engine. That fierce determination starting to wilt.
She got out, whisked past me (standing there like a slug), and started poking just a bit harder! Then in almost regretful desperation she looked up and said, “Can you get in and try to start it?” And suddenly I was alive.
The car was a VW Jetta. A small one. At 6’4” with a helmet on I swear I could NOT get in the car! I held my breath, tucked my knees, twisted my neck and willed myself in this tiny cockpit. Once in and awkwardly positioned, I immediately forgot how to operate a car.
(What did she ask me to do? Oh yeah try to start it! I - need - to... turn the key bro!!).
After a bit more panic induced comedic moments (mostly on my part) we got it started. I heard this voice behind me “It started Mommy!!” Had no idea there was anyone else in the car but his joy became mine.
As she took my place in the driver seat (yeah it took me a minute to unfold and get out) she said “You’re a life saver” ☺️
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