It’s no surprise to anyone who knows me that I am terrible with machines. Copy machines, lawn mowers, all weedeaters… whatever. They just quit working when I come around.
It’s not my fault! I swear! Machines just die when I come close. I am innocent of any wrongdoing. It must be my elecromagnetic field or something. That’s a real thing, right?
Needless to mention, if there is an expensive thing to drive…I don’t get to drive it.
The absolute worst is the terrible old 4-wheeler. On a good day it splutters and jerks with the farmers. With me it’s much worse.
Today I was delivering lunches and rather than good old fashioned healthy walking, my well meaning but terribly wrong husband insisted I take the piece-of-junk … I mean 4-wheeler. It never, never, never goes well when I take this 4-wheeler.
I don’t know why I didn’t argue.
I get to the bottom of the hill to drop off a lunch and BAM it jerks to a stop while simultaneously dying.
I tried, and tried and tried to restart it. NOTHING. It’s much easier to walk up a hill than push a broke down junk heap up.
I so wish I’d walked.
My father-in-law came over, punched the same starter button I had been working on what seemed like forever and the wretched, evil thing sprang to life.
It makes me grouchy to have to be rescued. Even worse when it makes me seem inept.
Off I went, halfway up the steepest hill and BAM the thing jerked to a dead stop again….but THIS TIME it started furiously rolling backwards. Oh fun.
I squeezed the hand brakes as hard as my hands would let me. Nothing.
Oh yeah, that’s right. This glorious chariot has non-working brakes. Fabulous.
I was by this point picking up speed backwards down the hill.
So I cut the front wheels to the right as fast as I could.
After precariously leaning over to the left and almost tipping down the hill the awful scrap-worthy thing stopped.
Ugh. I wished I could just get off and leave it in the field. A HORSE would never do this to me. Neither would my feet. Definitely never driving this worthless trash again.
Despite being an office-working, nearing middle age, deadfully out of shape, mother of two I’m decently strong so I tried to push it up the hill. Big fat NOPE. I didn’t even move it in the direction I wanted to go.
Wish I’d walked.
Finally, I got it started. I gave the rickety-old-bucket-of-rust heck and got back to the barn as fast as I could. The motor jerked and sputtered the entire time.
I silently dared it to die, like Arnold Swartzenagger I challenged it to “Go ahead, make my day”. I wished I could make it explode like on the movies so I’d never have to use it again. The farmers wouldn’t be thrilled with me about that though.
Lynn was walking my direction with a smirk on his face. HE KNEW. When I got closer to him, I could hear him chuckle.
Glad I could be of some entertainment at least. Must be boring driving the tractors in circles for hours spreading fertilizer.
Not that I’m ever asked to drive a tractor…I wonder why?!?
Next time? I’m walking. Or riding a horse. For sure I won’t be taking the 4-wheeler.