Exploring Fabius Township and St. Joseph County, Michigan, with side trips all over this Great Lakes state

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Zowie, it was a real zinger!

And so unexpected.  The best truck in the world had made it up the snowy drive and was ready to wend its way back to Ann Arbor.  First, a stop in town for a sad event (a funeral of a much admired man on his 90th birthday), then hit the road.  But brushing off the accumulated snow from the rear window, it happens, the keys drop into the bed of the truck.   No problem, you say to yourself.  But zounds! the zinger has intervened! 

The keys have found a space between the cab and the bed of the trunk and are not to be seen.  They must be under the truck – so being not zoftig, under the best truck in the world you zip (after taking off your brand new winter coat, of course).  It’s a little cold as you shimmy in the snow and gad zooks! no keys!   What to do?  Call home?   The other keys are two and a half hours away!  Would treats from Zingerman’s (a deli as good as Zabar’s) help speed the round trip?   Think, think of simpler solutions!

Ah ha, a good friend is just blocks away, call him.   He zeros in on an idea -- let’s try a hanger to fish them out.   With renewed zeal, you zigzag the hanger down the hole and Z00M, up come the keys!   The zinger has been zapped!

So with the heater on high to warm you, the best truck in the world -- except for this one zany flaw -- brings you home safely.   And, at last, you have the chance to zonk out,  yes, catch some z's,  and recover from this day of unexpected turns.

To explore more Z's, please visit the zippy crew at ABC Wednesday.


  1. A very fun anecdote! Persistence always pays off, and the truck looks like a fun ride!

  2. Oh goodness, a good story to tell afterward, but probably not fun while it was going on. The old coat hanger to the rescue once again, however! God bless the guy (or girl) who invented coat hangers.
    Glad you got warmed up and still think it's the world's best truck.
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  3. What fun--at least for me to read.
    Greetings from Minnesota!

  4. What a fun post for the Z Day!! Glad your persistence paid off, too! Sounds like all in all you had a good day -- and a good truck! Hope your week is going well!


  5. Brrr, doesn't look like a day to loose keys, what a relief it must have been to set off with the heater high. Sitting in the warm here it was a fun read.

  6. Zounds, indeed! You ZAPPED the problem.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  7. Oh what a great picture and story....HaHa... I loved this one.

  8. Great post. Very zippy and inventive use of the ZZZZs! Glad the coat hanger worked.

  9. coathangers are such useful things.
    great story!

  10. Zounds! What an adventure!
    Would you trade The Best Truck in the World for this?

  11. Excellent! I love a good yarn! My pickup is very similar - but single truck and bright red! Well seen in the snow.
    Thanks so much
    Denise ABC Team

  12. Great story - great post for the week!

  13. A great entry for Zday!
    I had a good laugh! I'm a nasty girl;o)
    Wouldn't like it to happen to me in such cold weather! Brrr!
    Thanks for sharing;o)

    Have a happy weekend****