Wednesday, November 14, 2012
When E Doesn't Really Mean Empty
My husband, bless his heart, likes to push the envelope. (Where did that phrase even come from??!) Let me clarify. He's not a big risk taker in most things . . . just when the gas tank says empty. In his mind, empty doesn't really mean empty. Even when it's PAST empty. It just doesn't mean it. It's just teasing. When he sees the "E" on the gas gauge, something happens in his brain. I don't know what it is. A man thing, perhaps? He sees it as a challenge. Him against the "E". It's personal.
When we were first married we were still living in SoCal. I had a VW Cabriolet, white, convertible, so so cute. I loved it. Anyway, that's not the point. One weekend we drove it to Las Vegas, top down, singing along with the radio, enjoying the ride. Until, that is . . . the tank said "E". Not too many gas stations in the desert. We passed one, then the next. I started to get nervous. My husband? There was a crazed look in his eyes - - reminiscant of Jack Nicholson in The Shining. We were still probably 20 miles from Vegas. I had driven there lots, and I knew there were no gas stations from that point on. It was starting to get dark. Creepy things come out in the desert at night. Animal AND human. He said, "Don't worry. We'll make it. I promise." Fortunately, the highway is slightly downhill for the last 20 miles or so. After putting the car in neutral, we coasted the rest of the way into Sin City. Heart pounding like crazy, a thousand silent prayers, my imagination working overtime. But, he kept his promise. We made it. No desert creepy things ate us. As we pulled into the parking lot of our hotel, I wiped the sweat off the palms of my hands and uttered a final prayer of thanks. But there was a look of smug satisfaction on his face. We had been married less than a year . . . I knew this wouldn't be the last time I panicked and he relished the challenge! Husband - 1. "E" - 0.
This morning as we were driving to work, I glanced over and saw the gas tank past "E". Sigh. I hope he gets gas before he picks me up from work.