Got into the car with all the ephemera, stuck the key in and..NOTHING. Dead battery. Not even a whirr. Ooops, I saw the lights were on, and had been since yesterday morning. 24 hours is enough to drain a battery 100%.
It was my turn today---earlier this week my sister in NY locked her keys in the car (no spare...) and my cousin in CT was at Home Depot with a pile of stuff and realized she left her wallet home. What gives?
It was not worth getting ticked off, or even muttering a curse. Totally my fault. No need for an attitude.
Called roadside assistance, and went thru all the questions--assuring the operator that I didn't need medical attention and that I was indeed safe. I'd made it 20 feet from my front door and I'm in a gated community! The "Pop-a-Lock" guy was here within 15 minutes, saw my NY plates and said "Welcome to Charlotte!" I had to smile. He used a portable battery booster...the car started right up. Gotta get me one of them...(a portable booster, not a pop-a-lock guy.) Not that it happens often, but there'd be no need to call for help, or wave someone down, or pop 2 hoods and have cables all over the place. He said it was fine to head out, just keep the car running for 30-40 minutes.
I drove down to Matthews, NC...about 15 minutes away. Parked where a running car would not be annoying and I definitely kept it going with a few revs for a good 40 minutes. My Saturday got a late start...and some stuff was already sold out at the farmer's market...but I got some great herbs, fresh goat cheese, tomatoes and stuff for the week. Not much to Matthews...just a little one-light town with super friendly farmers! Leave your worries and your New York behind.
The hardware store is so old fashioned. Gold pans?!