Tuesday, February 17, 2009

How many Manhattanites does it take to dig a car out of wet sand?

The answer is two: my husband and me.

The story goes like this...Sunday was a divine afternoon in East Hampton so we decided to go to the beach. We'd gone the day before and I took some photos but the weather was not as warm so we went back for seconds. I suggested driving onto the beach because we have a permit and have never done it before. D enthusiastically agreed. yay! Less than half a mile later something was awry - it felt like the car was struggling to move ahead. D called it and started to turn around but the car was stuck. oy. Panic ensues. Well, panic ensued in me. I had this vision of the tide coming up and taking us out to sea like Gilligan. Oh, the drama. D looks at me like I'm nuts at moments like these and he is so calm. I am Latina - I always blame it on that.

We used some umbrellas to try to dig the wheels out and while it helped a little, it did not really work. Yowsa. I got excited when I saw a Hummer racing toward us and announced "yay! help is coming!" but D simply laughed at me when it passed right by. That wasn't very nice of them. We ended up calling 911 and they sent a lovely man to tow us out of there. I was mortified (although not enough to put my camera away, of course) but I had the courage to ask the man if this is a common thing. I was sure he said - "sure, yuppies from the city always get stuck out here because they don't know any better, dumbass" - but D assures me that he said "sure, all the time! At least you guys have a permit." It was definitely an ordeal and while there was no charge for the tow and no ticket to pay, it did cost us a bit of dignity.

Someone else had the problem too...these aren't our tracks.

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Angry Asian said...

monica, what a cute story! i can't imagine the panic you felt.

Kitten said...

That was a funny story! I mean, I'm sure it wasn't very funny for you at the time it happened, but it's funny now!

Brendan said...

You need to let some air out of the tires before attempting this in future... rookies.

Bonbon Oiseau said...

aw man...at least you survived to tell the tale!

Chessa! said...

Lan, "cute" isn't really how I'd describe it but it was definitely funny...even if only in hindsight:)

Kitten, :) lol...indeed!

Brendan, yeah, now we know...thanks for the tip! We had to use that thingy to let the air out and then went to a gas station to fill them back up. :)

Bonbon! I'm glad!! :)

mary said...

You know what this means, right? You need to buy a house. Right on the ocean. ;)

Nicole said...

Love the last picture!

The story is great! I'm not quite sure Peter would have been as calm tho ;)