I have today and tomorrow off from work.So I had scheduled my quarterly test with doctor for diabetes and thyroid.My diabetes is under control with diet and exercise.Last quarter my doc lowered my thyroid meds.I was at 209 lbs on day he lowered it two weeks later 246 so yeah I was P.Oed but it is hard to get away from work so I was looking forward to going and lucky to get in on day I was off Heck I thought it was a miracle.Ok now for the lesson learned.
Now with me running a survival blog and preaching be prepared to any who will listen you might think I would be prepared right? Well appointment was at 8:00 on far side of town,so I headed out at 6:30.Stop to grab smokes and let car warm up. 7 degrees this morning and my blazer takes a bit to warm up, well being in a hurry I left my EDC bag on the couch.Mistake #1. I left station jumped on interstate and felt defroster still cool, hum,normally warming up at this point! Uh oh temp gauge rising, this thing runs cool,never over heats and I know my anti freeze is good. So I take next ramp off about three neighborhoods away.Motor getting really hot,shy of danger zone but getting there.Well I don't know this area very well usually take main road up.Well thinking smaller road parallels main road I take it Mistake #2 it runs into a neighborhood I've never been in take another turn oh crap unmarked cull de sac. Motor dangerously hot.Damn shut car off to cool.
Did I say it was 7 freakin degrees? My EDC bag has space blankets,candels,energy food.Being as you must take test on empty stomach I was cooling off quick.I did have my lined jeans and thick heavy socks, my boss had included a pair of gloves and mitten combo in our X-mas gift bag luckily had them with me more on them later.Then I remembered my little buddy baby ninja had gave me hand warmers last year which I put in glove box. Ok thats cool. Mistake #3. I guess after a year in glove box handwarmers go bad.Sucks! Well I had thrown a heavy coat in back seat the day before.Used it as a blanket. Feet got very cold. Tennis shoes suck for cold weather even with good socks.Plus being a heavy smoker does nothing for circulation I am sure!
I was wearing a tea shirt and medium weight hoody.
After an hour and 15 mins it finally cooled down enough to get home.Now I could of knocked on doors to see if someone would of let me in to warm up,but yuppies up here are very suspicious and not very charitable.Plus if I was a lone female or yuppie dude I would be a little fearful of letting a dude like me in.Well I knew I would be ok in a bit so I sucked it up and waited.
Mistake #3 I did not even get the name of street I was on in case I had to call for help!
If I had been in secluded area with no people around this could of been bad.Luckily car started,no hoses burst etc.
I guess main lesson here is be prepared,murphy won't wait for you to get prepared he will pop up when you least expect it.Routine trip to doctors office car that never has trouble, Who woulda thought?
I make sure all my female friends have covers ectc in their vehicles. I call and warn em on really bad days.So I can tell you I will have cold weather kit in my car before the day is over and I will be taking my EDC bag even if I am just going to gas station!
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