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07:23 pm - Disaster just about avoided
And for a week you really don't think about anything but the practicalitites and logistics of feeding and accomodating (or travelling to and being accomodated by) whoever you are spending time with. And getting presents, buying or baking or whatever. I think it's an excellent break from normal cares. I haven't thought about work for days.

Part of the tradition is surely that your car breaks down, and you discover that your AA membership expired six months ago. You know, hypothetically, that might be the sort of thing that might happen to a really disorganised person. And, the much more organised partner of a person like that might have to pretend it is his (or her) car and get the AA out to tow it back up the motorway.

I drove a hundred miles or more with my old and rather disabled parents in the back of my car. Just as we got to our destination the rear shock absorber went Ca-SMASH - a ghastly noise. Thank goodness, thank fate or whatever, that I was not half way round the M25 when it gave way. I could so easily have been. With no AA cover. Cold shivers.

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From:happytune
Date:December 26th, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
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Oh my soul! That must have been incredibly scary for you all - and so cold at the moment. Just very glad you're all safe.
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From:communicator
Date:December 26th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
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It is scary in retrospect. But it all worked out fine. We pulled up at the end of the journey, and CRACK went the back of the car. I phoned the AA and they were all 'who are you?'. It was only afterwards I thought - ten minutes earlier and I would have been in big trouble - pitch black, freezing cold, two old people with me who can barely walk, a broken car, and no breakdown cover. Shit.
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From:iainjcoleman
Date:December 26th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
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Glad it all worked out without major calamities.

It is indeed traditional that cars should break down at exactly the time of year when all the garages shut for a fortnight. My worst one was Christmas Eve 2004 - driving on my own along the M1 to the future in-laws for the Danish Christmas celebration, doing 70 in heavy traffic - when my engine just went completely dead.
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From:communicator
Date:December 26th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
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God - did it coast to a halt or stop with a lurch? My moped engine seized up when I was young and I pitched over the handlebars. And somehow didn't get a scratch on me.

Edited at 2009-12-26 09:19 pm (UTC)
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From:pinkdormouse
Date:December 26th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
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Eep! Glad it all turned out okay.
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From:communicator
Date:December 26th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
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Thanks - and here was me telling you to drive careful
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From:gylfinir
Date:December 26th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
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Oh my goodness! I'm glad you're all ok - that sounds terrifying.
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From:communicator
Date:December 26th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
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Only in retrospect thank goodness. My parents definitely need to lose weight, if they can break my shock absorbers.
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From:kalypso_v
Date:December 26th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
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Eek... thank goodness you were almost there, and were all safe. Yet another reason to add to my list in response to people who ask "Why didn't you keep your mother's car for yourself!"
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From:communicator
Date:December 26th, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
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to be fair I have had more happy experiences than unhappy behind the wheel
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From:matildabj
Date:December 26th, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
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Eeek! Glad it all ended happily...
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From:communicator
Date:December 28th, 2009 11:02 am (UTC)
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Thanks. My parents win a Christmas prize for eating so much pud they broke my car. There is no other explanation.
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From:glitterboy1
Date:December 26th, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
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Oh good grief. Scary enough as it happened, never mind the thinking about how it could have been. I'm glad that you were able to sort it out.

My AA membership gets renewed by direct debit, and I often kick myself for not shopping around. Otoh, if I don't manage to shop around, I probably wouldn't manage the renewal under my own steam, either.
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From:communicator
Date:December 28th, 2009 11:01 am (UTC)
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The AA offices were closed from christmas to tomorrow, so I can't renew. I am thinking of swapping to RAC out of pique.
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From:the_wild_iris
Date:December 26th, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC)
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Ouch. I'm glad that you and your parents didn't end up spending Boxing Day on the Orbital.
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From:communicator
Date:December 28th, 2009 11:00 am (UTC)
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Oh yes. the car broke on Christmas Eve and I didn't stress abotu it - I just thought 'I'll call out the AA in a few days' and then I realised I didn't have AA cover. AArgh.
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From:emeraldsedai
Date:December 27th, 2009 01:44 am (UTC)
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Good lord! I'm glad it wasn't worse!

And I'm glad that up to the ca-SMASH point, you had a carefree holiday.
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From:communicator
Date:December 28th, 2009 10:58 am (UTC)
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Yes, very lucky. H is just going off to the garage now to ask them what they can do and when. I always think I don't drive much, but now I am car-less I immediately realise there are lots of things I can't do that I had planned. You are more self-sufficient, with Clyde.
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From:sallymn
Date:December 27th, 2009 09:39 am (UTC)
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As long as you're okay, that's the main thing...

We have the equivalent NRMA membership, mainly - I admit - for when I locked myself out of the previous cars and when the battery dies.

Edited at 2009-12-27 09:40 am (UTC)
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From:communicator
Date:December 28th, 2009 10:57 am (UTC)
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It's like being in a Union, I always think - you hope you won't need it but when you do, you are bloody glad to have it.
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From:katlinel
Date:December 28th, 2009 10:55 am (UTC)
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Glad it wasn't worse!
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From:communicator
Date:December 28th, 2009 10:56 am (UTC)
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Like you, I found the train journeys I expected to be purgatory were actually fine - we got from Epsom to Coventry in 2 hours.

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