"And remember kids, podcasts and snowdrifts don't mix. Keep you're mind on the road and out of the clouds. That's what the Joe's do."
Getting stuck sucks -- plain and simple. I found that out the hard way Tuesday night on my way home from the office. I decided to take an extended ride home to listen to a podcast and that's when disaster struck.
I thought I'd take a 10-minute detour, listen to a little more of a podcast with director Jason Reitman and get home no worse for the wear. Unfortunately, a significant accumulation of snow had different plans for me and my evening.
I was cruising down a back road when my right side tires became bogged down in snow that dragged me into a snowdrift and brought me to an abrupt stop. I actually laughed at first thinking "This is going to be a grand tale to tweet about later and give Jared a chuckle," but those thoughts were short lived.
I switched my four-wheel drive on and proceeded to back my way out of trouble. The only problem is that as I backed up, I fell into a different and deeper rut that buried by truck and left me calling my wife a 12:30 a.m. Needless to say, she was less that enthusiastic about coming out and picking me up, but after a short 45 minutes, she came to my rescue.
A quick call to a tow truck in the morning and my truck would be sitting happily back on the road, ready for it's next adventure. The adventure actually turned out to be getting the truck out at all. The first place I called informed me they didn't have a wrecker, the second essentially brushed me off because they wouldn't listen to me.
So instead of having my truck sitting in my driveway, it still sat silently on in a snowdrift needing assistance. I even drove out to it and checked to see how deep the snow was and if in fact I could get it out myself. A quick inspection of the situation revealed that the snow was about knee deep and there was no way that truck was coming out without some major assistance.
Finally, I called Jerry's Wrecker Service and I found the only wrecker service I'll probably ever use. The service was quick and super friendly. The wrecker met me at my vehicle and I was a little surprised when the wrecker itself began to slide while my truck stayed in place. A quick pushing of levers and my truck began to find its way off its snowy bed and back on the road. Now, it's back rolling and I still have my podcast to finish.
Lesson learned from all of this?
While film may be dear to my heart, a snowdrift kicked my bottom. From now on, I'm heading straight home and enjoying my podcast once I arrive safely and roll into my driveway on my own free will.
And now you know and knowing is half the battle.