Saturday, July 12, 2014
I could do without days like today.
First, I went out before dawn for a drive, and to go by Walmart for animal food. On the way there, I saw a giant white dog walking down the middle of the road. I pulled over and called him, and he came. He had a collar but all it had on it was a rabies tag. I decided to take him back to the house, and call the vet on Monday to see if I could find his owner.
Got him in the truck, which was nearly impossible because he weighed so much. But when I started the truck, he jumped out and went down a side road. I hope he was headed home, but at least he wasn't walking down the middle of a two lane road.
Went on to Walmart. While I was inside, the intercom came on and they said "will the customer driving the older model red F250 come to the customer service desk."
I figured my lights were on. But when I got there, they told me my truck had rolled off. I always set the parking brake, and I always leave it in gear. If there is a slope in that parking lot, it's not one the eye can discern. But sure enough, my truck had moved about 100 yards from where I parked it, turned 180 degrees, and smacked into one of those concrete flower beds they have out there. It hit it hard enough to put the front wheels on the flower bed.
No damage to the truck, and because nobody else was in the parking lot no damage to other cars. I can't for the life of me figure out how this happened. However, I have jury rigged a little computer in the truck cab, and when I first parked I was fiddling with it, trying to see if Walmart had a network and if they did, whether it was secure or not. Possibly I got distracted by that. Since I leave the windows down, someone may have gotten in there and let the emergency brake off, but that seems very unlikely as nobody was moving around the parking area. The little tiny woman who walked out there with me from Walmart wanted to know if I would like to see the security tapes, but I told her no. I am pretty sure this was operator error. If it was, it was the equivalent of taking off an aircraft with the control surfaces still locked down.
After this I just went on home.
I do have a minor fuel leak where a hose fitting is leaking on the fuel pump. Maybe the truck was sending me a message to get off of top dead center and get my vehicle to the shop. I'll try to do that this week.
It's hotter than the breath of Hades outside, and the humidity is ghastly. Thunderstorms passing through , and putting some rain down but not hard and not for long. My power has gone out at least once every day this week. Monday I am going to light up the power company, I've about had it with this shoddy service. You can be sure that if this was happening out at the lake they'd be swarming like ants. But as they told me once, nobody important lives out here in this part of the county.