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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Too close for Comfort: Things that go BOOM!

I got an interesting call from my sister Sarah last night. (She, my brother in-law, and two darling 18 year old nieces live in Schenectady, although one niece is currently off at college.)

The conversation went something like this:
Me: Hey, how's it going?
Sarah: Well, my car is gone.
Me: Gone? What do you mean gone? Stolen? You sold it?
Sarah: No. It blew up.
Me: (a pause) Did you just say your car blew up?
Sarah: Yup.
Me: Your car blew up?
Sarah: Uh huh.
Me: Holy crap.

Apparently what happened was this--my BIL Rich dropped my niece Addy off at the local college she attends, and drove the car home. He parked it at the curb, since he intended to go out again soon to run some errands. He'd gotten most of the way up the driveway to the house when he heard a big boom. And when he turned around again, the car was ON FIRE. The fire department had to come put it out. This is what's left:

Pretty scary, isn't it! It looks more like something you'd see in Beirut than in suburban Schenectady. My sister tells me that the insurance guy said that sometimes the catalytic converter will overheat and blow. Who knew?

Either way, they are all a little shaken up (especially Addy) and it's not great that they have to replace a dependable (but old enough not to have a lot of value) car while putting two kids through college. But I'm just VERY GRATEFUL that they're all okay. Cars can be replaced--my family cannot.

Holy crap. This was definitely too close for comfort.


  1. Holy CRAP. I'm really glad they're all okay. That's scary...I'm sending them FGBVs that they find a new, inexpensive, dependable car.

    Random note: Is it just me, or does "catalytic converter" sound like something from Back to the Future? It always has, it always will.

  2. Dear Gods! I'm so glad everyone is all right!

  3. Sierra--yes, it always sounds that way to me too :-)

    And I'm a bit twitchy myself now. Had to go into work (on my day off!) to deal with a crisis...and kept expecting MY car to go boom. Argh.

  4. Oh my Gods! Thankful no one was hurt. I just looked at the picture in shock. Hard to wrap one's mind around this. - Deborah C.

  5. Holy crap is right! I'm kind of squinching my eyes up at this so it doesn't really register and make me afraid to get in my car.
    Really grateful no one was hurt!

  6. Wow, sorry about the car but very happy everyone is OK.

  7. ye gods and goddesses! That was a close one!! :oO I'm so grateful everyone is OK.

  8. Wow! So Glad everyone is okay. That's scary.

    It does give some credibility to Stephanie Plums exploding cars tho...

  9. Glad to hear your family is fine. You're right, cars can be replaced, family cannot.