Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The "What else could go wrong?" day

If you want to see how your new spouse might react to a given situation, try this one. Beautiful Sunday morning, our first since our Honeymoon. Still trying to move stuff around between our house and the kids, we loaded a dresser, futon and mattress and off we went. It was only 10:00 a.m. and since I would be going to Rangely, CO this afternoon to help with grandkids we drove both vehicles. First stop was in Stansbury Park to deliver futon and dresser. As I sped through town with no problem at all, I soon realized that Duane was no where to be found. I did finally pull over and wait. I noticed when he caught up with me, the mattress seemed to be "re-positioned. This would be after he picked it up off of the pavement on Main Street Tooele. Made it to Stansbury Park and realized I had left my purse on the front porch of our home. Duane offered to go back and get it and I went on to West Jordan to our granddaughters primary program. Duane made it in time for the program and all was well. Before church was over I realized that I had forgot the Christmas tree that I was supposed to take to CO with me. We both drove back to Tooele, picked up the tree and I was off. I was just coming down the hill into Heber City when Duane called. Seems I had his wallet in the truck. I turned around and headed back to meet him in SLC. Got another goodbye kiss and hug and off I went. All was well. Got almost to Park City and blew a tire on the Interstate. OOPS! Duane was nearly home, again. He would get the set of stock tires and jack loaded on the trailer and come to my rescue. "Where is the trailer hitch for my trailblazer", he asked? In Monticello. After finding a hitch, he was off. Somewhere along the Interstate he stopped to check the jack and forgot his phone was on his lap. OOPS, phone must have fallen out of the car. It has been 1 1/2 hrs. and I can't get a hold of my knight in shining armor. Now what! He finally shows only to realize that we need a screwdriver to get the hubcaps off. Who doesn't have a screwdriver in their vehicle??? Thank goodness for Wal-mart! Back to the vehicle, get hubcap off. OH NO, forgot the lugnuts for the tires. Yes, they are in Tooele at the house. Back we go. Decided to get help from David. He would go find lugnuts and meet us at the flying J. We decided to drop the trailer at the Flying J and pick it up on the next trip back since we didn't need it and the lights weren't working. Back we go to the truck, hoping it hadn't been towed by now. We did stop and find the cell phone along the way this trip. Got back to the truck to find the Highway Patrol marking it as abandoned. NO, IT IS NOT ABANDONED!!! Did you not see the note stuck on the window with chewing gum??? Obviously not! Changed back tires and decided to call it a day and head back home as it was now to late to head to CO. Duane went ahead to get the other tires changed at the house and asked me to stop and pick up the trailer. "Don't worry", he said, "the lights won't work with your vehicle but it will be OK". It WAS OK for the first 2 miles until the County Sheriff pulled me over. "Officer, I am having a very bad day" didn't quite cover it for him. He wanted my license and registration. I now have 2 drivers licenses with 2 different names and addresses and no registration. WHAT IS THE PROBLEM??? He must have felt a bit sorry for me. Duane talked with him on the phone and verified that I was indeed Marilyn Hedrick. The nice officer said he would not cite me if I would pull over at the Maverick up the road and drop the trailer until Duane could come and pick it up. Yes, he followed me and watched me drop it off. Went into Maverick to let them know we would be back shortly for the trailer. Nice young kid outside store saw the whole situation coming down. Offered to help me get the trailer home. Didn't have a clue who he was or where I was but at this point, HEY, what else could possibly go wrong. He lent me his light adaptor and hooked up the trailer for me and followed me home. Duane thanked him and gave him $10. He seemed happy. Home at last, it was 12:00 midnight. We made the best of what was left of the night. We still love each other, we are still laughing, and all is well.


  1. Oh my gosh.... I think I would have had a sick day after that extraveganza. So much for being two minutes away from anything in Monticello and the policeman knowing your vehicle and waving you off. Glad you could still laugh about it. Best solution!

  2. We are glad you did get through that and could make it to Rangely for Charlee! Your blog is very cute and now we are set up so it will be fun to check out updates! We hope you and Duane are doing well! Love you guys!:)