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We went to the family reunion yesterday. Wee, family. Most of them… - Equiraptor's Journal
We went to the family reunion yesterday. Wee, family. Most of them are from various small towns in Texas, mostly East Texas. Most of them grew up with horses. I'm jealous. It started raining about halfway through, and kept raining. My parents wanted to go to the UT - Baylor game, so we left, even through the rain was pretty heavy. We had come in two cars - my aunt and cousin in her Avalon, and my parents and me in my Camry. I led. My Aunt isn't real fond of driving, especially in tense situations. Going somewhere she's never gone before and coming back in the rain is stressful for her. Much easier to just follow me. I love the challenge of going somewhere new. Driving in the rain I hate because of how easily my car hydroplanes. So, we're driving home in this heavy rain, at times so bad I can barely see the stripe on the side of the road. I'm traveling a little faster than I want to, because my Aunt wants to move and there's a line of cars behind us. We finally make it out of the rain, and drive the rest of the way home. By the time we reach Austin, I'm exhausted. I spent hours (over 250 miles) driving, with my Aunt following me, thinking for two cars instead of one, and spent hours at the reunion dealing with people I'd never met before. It was good to be home.

It turns out my right rear taillight was out, and just before I made it home, I started to hear a terrible noise coming from my car. After a mile or two, I remembered where I'd heard that sound before. It's the sound the Sable makes when it's out of power steering fluid. I keep a little of that in my trunk, so it's no biggie. nugget had a few lights out on his car as well, so today we worked on fixing them all. Mine actually was the bulb, but his was a fuse, not the bulbs. I also bought washer fluid, because I'm completely out of that as well. All the cars are fix0red, and in a few days I'll be able to tell if I have a bad power steering fluid leak, or if it was just bad luck. I can't wait for a Miata.

By the way, cold weather SUCKS. I hate the cold, and 60 F and below qualify for cold in my world. Today was a very icky day, and it will only be worse. I miss summer already. I wonder if my joints will be angry with me this winter.

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decibel45 From: decibel45 Date: October 27th, 2003 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Now you know why the last car in a caravan is responsible for initiating passes. :)
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: October 27th, 2003 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
umm... not in my family, but we rarely have caravans of more than two. How is the car behind expected to see the car that needs passing? Or is the car in front supposed to drop it's speed and wait, or what? Turn on a blinker? But there's so many other reasons a blinker may be needed (we were not on freeways, so we could be turning left). The front car passes, however they pass, and each subsequent car passes as they can. The caravan waits (not stops, but only goes slightly faster than the vehicle being passed) until all cars are around. That works on roads with one lane each direction, while having the back car start a pass on those roads would be an accident in the making.

Part of my planning was extra things that I know my Aunt (and most drivers) wouldn't consider. Will a car coming behind us have to slow as we pass (ie what traffic is behind us and getting closer)? How will we affect the car we're passing? And what about that Minivan that wants to be infront of us going 65 (I was aiming for 70, the speed limit)? How will that hill affect our ability to pass (with my underpowered automatic)? My Aunt over-adjusts for hills (ends up going faster at the top and slower at the bottom) so I had to plan for that as well. Maybe I just think too much when I drive.
decibel45 From: decibel45 Date: October 27th, 2003 09:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've never had much of an issue seeing what's comming up unless the road is really flat and straight. Of course I can also see over the steering wheel with no problem, so.... :P
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: October 27th, 2003 10:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're also not in a small 80s camry following a chevy silverado (wasn't the case this time, but has been in the past).
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