Well, this could be an interesting year! It is starting out that way for sure. There is never a dull moment around the Stinson household.
As you may be well aware, Omaha is covered in a blanket of fluffy snow and temperature is often way below zero. To say it is frigid, is an understatement. I bundled up and went to work yesterday morning as I usually do on Tuesdays. When I arrived back home my son, Patrick, greeted me at the door and related how he had called the police on his Dad! That got my full and undivided attention!!
Now, first you have to know that the week before Christmas, one of Patrick’s friend’s car was stolen. Eric, his friend, lives about a mile away in an apartment complex. He started his car one snowy morning to let it warm up. After awhile he thought it would be all nice and "toasty" warm. When he arrived at his parking space, his car had been stolen. It turned up last week fifty miles away in Lincoln, NE.
Well, yesterday morning Patrick elected to warm up his car in our driveway. He was pleased that the engine clicked right over and he came back into the house. He went downstairs for a few minutes to check his eBay store while the car warmed up. When he went back out to turn off his engine, his car was gone!
Remembering Eric, he lost no time getting to his phone to report to the police that his car had been stolen.
Shortly after making the call, he looked out on the driveway. Only then did he realize that his Dad was not at home, but his Dad’s car was in the driveway.
About that time, his Dad, Warren, came pulling into the driveway in Patrick’s car! Warren had needed to run to the post office which is about one mile away. Since Patrick’s car was all warm and his was not, he made a snap decision to use it for this quick trip.
Fortunately the police had not arrived and Patrick quickly phoned them to let them know he was sorry he had bothered them as it was a false alarm. And maybe, just maybe, Patrick will be on good terms with his Dad again by the end of the day….or by the end of 2010!
It stands to be an interesting year!