On one recent trip, we were so rushed that morning to get out the door, and so rushed when we left our gathering a little late (we had to get The Mister back in time to get a good night's rest for a drill-weekend with the Navy), we really hadn't realized that we had used up a whole tank of gas until the idiot light dinged on.
Do you call it an "idiot light?"
Tell me in the comments!Someone once told me they called it that because if you're stupid enough to let your gas get that low, particularly in winter, then you deserve more than to be called an idiot. I just think it's a quirky fun name for the stupid thing. Actually, now that I think about it, maybe it was The Mister who taught me that. Hmm.
|It wasn't until the Mister saw |
my costume idea sketch
without any context that
I realized this might have
been a weird part of the
story to illustrate.
The Mister has a much, much different relationship with the idiot light. I don't know what exactly his back-story is, but I know that he vehemently hates that light, and how dare someone treat their car with such poor respect to have it illuminate. There were a few heated discussions at the beginning of our relationship on the subject. I conceded my apathetic point; mostly because he's lovely enough to have put himself in charge of filling up the gas tanks when needed.
|I didn't need to, but it's not like it was hard to find.|
Bah! Tangent! But the point is we generally stop for gas somewhere around the quarter tank mark, and so on this particular trip when the light came on, we went from jamming out to the Frozen soundtrack to an instant level of silent panic and tension. (I almost hate that Frozen's been in our car's CD player for almost 6 months on repeat, but then I duet to "Reindeers are Better Than People" with Mac and I forget my previous prejudices.)
We immediately found a gas station. THE IDIOT LIGHT WAS ON AND WE COULD TAKE NO PRISONERS GETTING OUR CAR THE CARE IT SO DESPERATELY NEEDED.
Once we pulled up at the pump, we entered our usual routine of me getting out to mill around the tiny bottles of disgusting-smelling aftershave and ramen noodle varieties, while The Mister pumps gas. Except I didn't make it to the store, because The Mister suggested that it was a good time to check the oil.
I don't know much of anything about cars. I'm pretty sure we've covered that thoroughly before. So while I realize this is super vapid of me, when he was all "Let's check the oil" I was all "yeah, you do that, I have day-old doughnut specials to check out." Except then he was like "could you help me with that?"
Out of all other options of recourse to escape this task, I had to utter a phrase which I hate to utter: "I don't know how."
I don't say that in a "I like to pretend I know everything" sort of way, but more an "I don't like to admit that I'm dumber than the people around me" sort of way.
The Mister, when given the opportunity to share knowledge, gets REALLY EXCITED and is generally well-practiced at overwhelming me with information in the first 30 seconds of a lesson. (One day I shall share the story of that one time The Mister tried to teach me how to shoot - you may note that I do not do guns as of yet.) Pair that with my blissful ignorance status in all things car as the stereotypical girl who is more than happy to play a damsel in distress until someone comes along and fixes my car for me (I know, I know) and I wasn't like, jumping at the bit for this.
Plus, dearest husband, it is dark and cold and we just need to get home, couldn't a lesson wait for another time, like a time when you've had enough chance to completely forget you want to teach me how to check the oil?
"No, no, no, come on over here. It'll just take a second."
And so, I was shown how to pull out the little stick thing, wipe it off, re-dip it (twice, because apparently the first time lies!), and interpret the little stick thing's readings. Wouldn't you know, the oil was low.
"Okay." Was my response.
"GREAT! Now I can teach you how to put oil in the car!" Was The Mister's.
NooOoOoOoooooo. It's still late and still dark and still cold and I'm dressed nicely to see our friends and I still haven't gotten to see what kinds of seasonal tic tacs this convenience store has. The Mister asked me what I would do if he wasn't around. I insisted I would utilize my feminine wiles to convince some other wayward stranger to help me fix my car. It was not deemed an acceptable response.
And so, I was shown how to determine which type of oil the car takes, and how to find those in the store, and how to select which of all the oils that fit said type is the best selection for our car. They had assorted jerked meats at the counter that I was instantly amused by, and so I grabbed the correct bottle of oil and headed to the counter.
"Wait, how are you gonna put that in the car?"
"...um... you're going to pour it in."
"What if I'm not around?"
"I stand by my previous feminine wiles statement. Because I'm a survivor."
"Nope, you're going to use one of these handy paper funnels. Come back and grab one."
And so (after a little help opening the pickle-jar-level-difficulty oil cap), I was instructed how to pour in the oil (double fun fact, 1. you don't have to shake the bottle of oil beforehand, and 2. it doesn't go down the same spout as the place where you pull out the little stick thing). The cap was screwed back on, not quite as hard as last time, the hood was shut, and we clamored back into the nice, warm, now well-oiled car to continue our journey home. Though I was cold, and without the amusement provided through perusing the selection of XXXL T-shirts featuring Bald Eagles wielding guns in their talons with the caption "'MURICA!," I was grateful for the experience.
|I should have insisted we buy one as a commemorative souvenir |
of that one time my husband made me check the oil.
"Husband? Thank you for this boring, yet useful life lesson."
Are you lacking any conventionally common adult knowledge?
How do you compensate for this?
Tell me in the comments!