|November 20, 2003|
When was the last time you were stranded?
In 1986 I spent the summer in Germany as part of a Summer Abroad program in college. Our group went on a trip to a city on the German/French border. It's a really long story, but on this particular trip we had free time, so a friend and I went off to explore. We noted that the bus was near the canal. What we didn't know was that there were 5 canals. We were so hopelessly lost. We finally found the street where we were supposed to meet the group, but it was 3 hours later and they had given up on us and left. We managed to get back by means of trains and taxis. What an adventure.
I FELT stranded this morning.
"Stranded" as "abandoned"? Left high and dry at the mercy of the winds and the waves? I can't control the local weather, but I plan for it. I haven't been "stranded" since my helpless years.
A couple of months ago, a teenager made a left turn into my car on a deserted road at 10:00 p.m. My cell phone died while I was trying to tell my family where I was and I thought I was going to be stranded there, but a helpful trooper was able to wedge my dangling rear bumper up sufficiently for me to drive home.
About six months ago, I was stranded for a while at an airport due to striking workers.
It has been awhile. I guess it was about 4 years ago when I ended up having to sleep on top of a mountain, because the daylight left and I lost the trail.
When we had the black out in the Northeast. I work about 35 miles from home and commute on the train. There was no power so no train to take home. I did get a ride home in a car from someone at work. Looks of fun with no traffic lights
About 3 weeks ago, climbed a small mountain in the morning (Watatic) and when I came down I had a flat. I tried changing it but it looked like there was a lock on it. Called AAA and my cellphone went dead. Got frustrated, kicked the tire. Turns out there wasn't a lock, it was just stiff. Took care of it. That's the closest I've come in recent history.
During the blackout.
About five years ago, my younger daughter and I were stranded when the car broke down while we were taking her stuff to her college dorm in the fall. Fortunately, we were pretty close to my relatives. I called my sister. She drove me home, and my brother-in-law moved my daughter into the dorm.