Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Our American Journey - Day 16

Wow, am I ever glad we weren't in the car when this thing went off! We had an unopened can of Coke sitting in the coffee holder for a few days. Today we drove to a nearby Wal-Mart to get a few things to take back to Canada with us, as well as to Burkina in the fall. Most things are somewhat cheaper here in the USA than in Canada.

We left the car in the parking lot and walked into the store, not thinking twice about the fact that the sun was beating down on it while we were gone. When we came back and I got in to start it up, I noticed the Coke can, its top bizarrely peeled back. Then I noticed the light brown stain underneath, with rivulets running towards the rear. Little puddlets of Coke still lay on the rear seat floor mats.

It wasn't until I started cleaning up that I saw the drops on the rearview mirror, and then the dried spray all over the inside of the windshield. Sure glad I wasn't sitting next to that thing when it exploded! A guy could have a heart attack over something like that! Maybe I'd just better stick to Starbucks, eh?

The good news? The car started :P


Steve W said...

Cross border shopping eh?

I remember having fun once telling Canadians they ought to sympathize with Niger. It is a country with a large territory and a small population that all live along the southern border. Its neighbor to the south [Nigeria] is a country with a much larger population, and some people even think its all one country. And in Niger, lots of people wanted to go to Nigeria to go shopping.

Geli said...

Mike, speaking of innovative ideas for fundraising...have you ever considered writing a novel and having it published? Your humorous spin on things makes for interesting reading. I read every post on your blog, and laughed the whole time. I especially liked the tale of the Texas Trooper and the missing drivers license.
You, cousin have been blessed with the gift of storytelling. I look forward to coming back and reading more of your adventures. Now just market this talent and cash in! oxoxoxo