It seems to be a rule that our cars develop problems at the same time. This means juggling a little bit with errands as one car after another visits the repair shop. The VW is old in car years but Art uses it every day. It had some necessary work done to it at the VW dealership. One car back on the road. Then on to the relatively new Toyota van, which had been running fine until suddenly a noise developed. It has now been in and out of the Toyota dealership, with various things being replaced. None of these expensive replacements got rid of the noise. Yesterday we went to pick it up, deciding it should at least come back for a while until somebody had an idea. Art got out of the VW and I took it on to get gas and drive home. I was just listening to 101.5 and laughing at an absurd new law involving fitting school buses with strobe lights, when suddenly, the car began to slow down. At first I naturally thought I hadn't made it to the gas station in time but a glance at the dashboard showed that there was still gas in the tank. Anyway, the VW makes a loud, almost rude noise if its gas level is running low and that hadn't happened. I couldn't believe the car was stopping and just made it over to the breakdown lane. Fortunately, there was room to stop there.
I called Art on my cell phone. He was still at the Toyota dealership. When he arrived, we called the AAA towing service and Art was returned to the VW dealership while the Toyota went home with me. There is the sensation of going in circles because VW is on one side of the highway and Toyota on the other.
At this point, we don't have the VW back yet. But this has been a very expensive month and it's not over yet. Fortunately, Art had the presence of mind of buy a bottle of wine the previous day. We're going to need it.