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Council Bluffs, Iowa: Day 10 and 11
Council Bluffs, Iowa: Day 10 and 11
Yesterday turned out to be a heck of a day. Work went fine and there was really no problems except for things that happen most everyday. I had my landlord call up Cox Communications (Local Cable, Internet, and Phone Service provider) to make arrangements for me to get some high speed internet connected. A CSR (Customer Service Rep) called me as I was getting off work. I gave them my billing info and they told me where they were located. Then I went by their store to pick up the hardware. Once I got home I hooked it up with ease and was soon surfing at high speed!
About 800pm I decided I would take a trip to the store to purchase a few groceries. I got in my car and turned over the key to find that it wouldn't start! It was dead. I thought to myself this is great,..lol (being sarcastic there). I walked over to a persons door that lives a few doors down from me to see if they could give me a jump start. They came outside and popped their hood. We sat there for about 15 minutes until I finally didn't want to waste anymore of their time because it still wouldn't start.
My head began to race thinking that I sure didn't want to call in tomorrow and wondering what to do. I then called one of my buddies Scott that works there at the same job. I got his voicemail and told him to call me ASAP. After I called Scott I turned around and called another buddy of mine named Matt that works in my crew and left him a message as well.
About 20 minutes went by and Matt called me. I told him my situation and he offered to come by and pick me up in the morning. He went on to say that he was leaving at noon tomorrow to take care of some personal business. I told him that would work out fine because I could just leave with him and then he could take me by a GM dealership and make arrangements with them to have my car towed and make repairs. He said that would be fine.
I was beginning to get hungry so I started walking toward a Subway (eat fresh) that is right around the corner. As I entered the store Scott called me. It was 915pm. I told him my situation and he said he would come by and take a look at my car and maybe help me figure out what's wrong. He arrived around 945pm. He also brought his wike Kim with him. I've known Scott for 4 years and was working with him when he met Kim while we were at a job in Idaho. About 1100pm we came to the conclusion that my battery must have a short in it or something because even though my car had not been running for several hours it was still pretty warm. You couldn't have held your hand on top of the motor for more than 20 seconds without having to take it off. We both thought that was strange. We finally disconnected the battery for the night and they left.
Matt came and picked me up this morning. I was grateful for him. He really came out of his way to come and get me as well as Scott coming that late at night to help me with my car and he lives way over by Lake Manawa (by the jobsite).
So I got to work with Matt and we left at noon. Nothing real spectacular happened at work. We then went to a GM dealership that was pretty close to where I am staying. I spoke with a service advisor about the problem. He made arrangements to have my car towed and told me they would me there in about 20 minutes. So then Matt and I headed toward my place. We were there no longer than 5 minutes when the tow truck got there. After that we went and got a bite to eat and then he left.
I laid down to take a short nap and then the dealership called about 315pm. The service advisor told me that it was indeed my battery. I told him to go ahead with the repairs and would come by there tomorrow after I get off work to pick it up. The reason I can't pick it up today is because their shuttle bus drivers don't run this late. It's okay because Matt said he would come by and pick me up in the morning if I needed a ride.
So now I am going to get cleaned up and walk across the street to shop for a few groceries. I would like to make a special mention to my brother boilermakers that will go that extra mile to help another brother out. Afterall when you're away from home all you have is each other. My thanks goes out to them!
6/8/2006 7:11 pm
Sounds like your week has been super eventful. Glad to hear you're settling in there. My best friend lives just up the way from Lake Manawa--up on 5th St. For some reason, pictures in blogs aren't showing on my computer so I couldn't see the ones of your new home. I'm sure it's nice though.|
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6/8/2006 7:57 pm
You definitely have great friends! |