Sunday, 1 December 2013

A Seriously Blonde Moment...

Off to lunch this afternoon, I had a bit of trouble getting the car to start.

As I started to drive off, Fr. Finigan asked me why there was a red light flashing on my dashboard. I couldn't remember what the light was for. It wasn't the oil light. It wasn't the water light. The temperature was ok (well, actually the car hadn't had the chance to warm up) but this little red light kept blinking.

A few minutes later, driving along the road, I remembered that the last time it had been on, it was the immobiliser thingy. It used to come on when you pressed the clicky thingy for the whatsit...

My ability to explain myself wasn't helped by the fact that Father was making amused comments about the terms I was using, and the likelihood of finding "clicky thingy" in the index of the car handbook.

Then I noticed that the light went off.

"Ah!" I exclaimed, "Good. It's gone off... Oh! It's come back on again... Ah, it has gone off again... oh, no, it's back... Ah! It's sorted... umm..."

Did I mention that the bulb was blinking...?

Sometimes I worry about me...

(Once he had stopped laughing at me, His Hermeneuticalness did confirm that it had been blinking at slightly erratic intervals, and that I wasn't actually as mad as all that sounds...)

7 comments:

Pelerin said...

Every sympathy Mac! How are we women to know what all these thingies are called?

I haven't been able to use my email for a couple of weeks and in desperation texted a local technie. Back came the text 'What program are you using for email?' I had to reply that I had no idea. (Only had the computer for 7 years!)

Then next text told me to 'Go to the 'about' menu. Looked all over the screen and couldn't find one! My blonde moment and I've never even been blonde!

(Thanks for the coke yesterday!)

Philip said...

Would probably be worth getting it checked, as I had this on the Moggy, which then packed up without warning. First time was (luckily) on the only straight bit on the Big Hill up from Honiton to where we live; the second time was in the middle of a traffic jam in Exeter. The results weren't altogether happy ...
It turned out to be a faulty connection into the fuse box, probably shaken to destruction by our local pot-holes.

G. Thomas Fitzpatrick said...

Actually still trying to decipher that. What we call in the States, the Seatbelt Warning Light?

Nan said...

Perhaps the check engine light; I have two different ones. One means there's something wrong, maybe and you should perhaps think about getting your car looked at. The other is a portent of doom and means take your car in now, there's something wrong with it. Fortunately, that's the one shaped like a wrench.

Mulier Fortis said...

No, not the engine light, or the seatbelt light. As I said, it was something to do with the immobiliser (which I don't tend to use, as the clicky thing to switch it on and off doesn't have anything to fix it to the key any more...)

Mulier Fortis said...

...Possibly triggered by a battery which isn't properly charged due to a loose fanbelt. Due to be dealt with this week...

Nan said...

Is this a job for duct tape?

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