Baby Beluga Goes to the ER and Other Stories

Baby Beluga Goes to the ER and Other Stories

You know how in the movies sometimes they totally exaggerate what happens when a car breaks down? They make it sound like it is going to explode, and then more steam than can possibly be believed comes out of the hood. And then, for good measure, the car kind of slumps as if it just had a huge weight dropped on it. Did you know that it really happens? We didn’t either. Until this weekend. (Of course, we are also the people who didn’t know–until this weekend–that the Alphabet song is the same tune as Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, but that is a completely different matter.)

We found this out as we were on our way to run a bunch of errands down in town. We were in Kailua at the time, which is on the south end of the windward side of Oahu (approximately 25 miles from where we live on the north end of the windward side). We got out of the car, started walking away, Micah remembered that his wallet was still in the car, and as he put the key in the door the car started to sound like it wanted to explode. Images of carbombs raced through my mind as smoky-looking steam shot out from under the hood. And then Baby Beluga’s water broke, so to speak. Coolant poured out from the under side of the car. We just stared dumbfounded, but oddly calm and undisturbed by the recent turn of events.

We called a tow truck, and because it was coming all the way from Laie, it took an hour to get to us and an hour to get back home. The garage we were taking it to was full for the rest of the weekend and unable make room for little Baby Beluga until Monday. We were fortunate in that the YM President in our ward is the owner of the garage and willing to go the extra mile (or 20–down to Kaneohe) to get the right parts. By Monday evening Baby Beluga had been discharged and was running as well as ever, with a brand new radiator hose and bandaged crack in a pipe. We are glad to have her back.

A small side story: Saturday morning there was an accident on Kam Highway about a mile from where we live. Some teenagers took a curve too fast and lost control. Two of them died. Later that day we walked in to Laie for a group date with my friend Kareena and others. We left the party early because we had to walk home and didn’t want to be out too late. We passed the sight of the accident and saw that some of the friends of the kids who were killed were gathering to mourn. At church the next day we found out that about half an hour after we passed them, a 21-year old girl was speeding by there, lost control, and killed two of the kids who were mourning their friends. It was a sad, sad situation.

9 thoughts on “Baby Beluga Goes to the ER and Other Stories

  1. Wow, that was a great mental image (the car part, not the other one). I wonder if Baby Beluga had had enough, or why else would he (she?) act in that way just when Micah put the key in the door. Unless his putting in the key at the exact moment B.B. broke was purely coincidence.
    Oh, and aren’t there signs at that curve telling you to slow down? That is a sad, sad situation.

  2. There are signs, and actually the curve isn’t really sharp. It is in a construction zone, so the speed limit is even lower than on the rest of the road and there are flashing barricades. But when you’re drunk or on drugs, you generally don’t care about the speed limit or construction zones.

  3. Do you feel like more people die in car accidents there than you’re used to here on the mainland USA? Just curious.

  4. yeah, that is sad.

    on a side note, Twinkle twinkle Little Star and the Alphabet Song both have the same tune as “Baa Baa Black Sheep”, if you know that one…

  5. You’ve never heard it? Let me sing it to you:

    Baa Baa Black Sheep, have you any wool?
    Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.
    One for my master, one for the dame, one for the little boy who lives down the lane.
    Baa baa Black Sheep have you any wool?
    Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.

    It always bothered me that “Dame” and “Lane” didn’t rhyme that well…

  6. Thanks Jodie. I did, however, know the poem. I just didn’t know that it was sung. It turns out, however, that Liz did know that it had a song. It turns out that everybody knew but me. Such is my life.

  7. I really like all this poetry you guys are into. I didn’t realize other people besides me took other license with other peoples music. I particularly like doing things with “If You Could Hie to Kolob,” and “Candle on the Water,” from Pete’s Dragon. As for “Dame” and “Lane,” I think you can get by with that kind of near rhyme in a pinch. I just rhymed “Thrust” and “Mud” in a poem. It’s called using poetic license. It is the big loop hole in poetry, something similar to pleading, “not guilty by reason of insanity in a court of law.” As for Baby Beluga, the part about the water breaking needed to be followed by a part dropping out of the bottom for it to work as a true metaphor. You might want to rethink that one. However the smokey steam coming out of the head was right on. The fact that you two were very calm and collected during the procedure bodes well for future breaks. I commend you both.

  8. That is a nice picture Micah. Sad situation. I got a sad situation too u remember yesterday I lost the will to live?? ha ha Thanks for being the best boss ever U and Liz ROCK YAY !!!

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