Why Do Men
Thu, 10 Aug 2006 17:13:51 -0400
Joan F \(MI\)...
NEVER LISTEN??? I went out to get my hair cut today and my temperature
gauge was behaving strangely, hot real fast, cool down fast, all over the
place. So I suspected my coolant level was low. I drove into the garage
instead of calling Jimmy to move his car, he was out working in the yard so
came in and I told him I needed to check the coolant. He opened the hood (a
two person job as the catch sticks and someone has to pound a fist on the
hood while the person in the car pulls on the opener) and looked for the
radiator cap. I was out by then and we found it. He reached for it and I
said you need a towel to put over it, he grabbed a paper towel and I said,
no, you need a big rag or something to cover it with. He is still grabbing
for the cap with his paper towels, I say (loudly) You're going to burn
yourself. Next thing, whoosh, antifreeze all over the place including a bit
in my hair. Yes, he burned his hand.
I didn't know that right away in the confusion of the mess and eventually he
said what do I do about my hand and I answered cold water or ice, right now,
the faster the better. Don't all adults know this? Apparently not, and
apparently he never had experience with opening hot radiators before. Now
It took a couple of quarts of coolant and I drove it around the block, gauge
was steady as a rock, never got up to the half mark, all cured.
just a tip... most cars in the past 15-30 years have an overflow tank where
you can add the coolant with no danger - (I know we had this in our 1968
Renault and in our 1971 Toyota.) Opening the radiator is normally never
needed. I don't know what kind of car you have, but you may want to check
for the future - so he doesn't get burned again... (yes, men tend to keep
repeating their acts, convinced that the next time it will work... )
I hope his burn wasn't too bad. But you did tell him! I think men
have some sort of weird code of what it is to be a man, like never
asking for directions and never listening.