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Gives headbanging a whole new meaning

I am stuck in the rental car of meh until November 29th-ish.

The rental car has an automatic transmission, and that's it. No automatic door locks or automatic windows.

Today, I stopped at Target. On the way out, I decided to stick the bag I was holding in the back seat. For those of you too young to remember doors with manual locks, this means I have to unlock the front door using an actual key, then open it, then reach my hand inside the car and around to the lock on the back door, which I must lift up.

I was so fixated on reaching that lock that I completely and totally bashed my forehead against the edge of the front doorway/top of the car.

It is still swollen.

And sore.

And I rather suspect it may turn pretty colors before all is said and done.


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annemariepace
Nov. 20th, 2010 04:11 am (UTC)
Ow. I'm sorry.

The van we use to drive my handicapped BIL in has nothing automatic either and it is a pain.
kellyrfineman
Nov. 20th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
It never seemed like a big deal back in the day, when power locks and windows were a luxury item and not standard on most vehicles. We're all spoiled now, though.
jengt
Nov. 20th, 2010 04:35 am (UTC)
Oh those rental/loaner cars! I remember when our car was being worked on we were given a 1992 Ford Tempo. It was like a life-size go-kart except not as cool. :(

I hope your head feels better soon!!
kellyrfineman
Nov. 20th, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
A life-size go-kart except not nearly as fast, either, right? My forehead is still tender to the touch, but so far the bruise looks like the shadow of my bangs (unless I lift them up)>
_heartsong_
Nov. 20th, 2010 04:53 am (UTC)
: ( ice it! heat it! ice it! use meat or a bag of frozen peas.

owch

one of our cars has manual locks and its fairly new, maybe five years old. my mom didnt want the other kind for some weird reason
kellyrfineman
Nov. 20th, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
Some people don't want automatic locks because they have a fear of driving into water and the locks shorting out - manual locks are lift-uppable even underwater, so it could be that.
robinellen
Nov. 20th, 2010 05:59 am (UTC)
:( Ow!!!
kellyrfineman
Nov. 20th, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
No kidding!
(Anonymous)
Nov. 20th, 2010 08:43 am (UTC)
tanita says:
::clunk::
Owie.
kellyrfineman
Nov. 20th, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
Re: tanita says:
That is pretty much EXACTLY how it transpired.
dotificus
Nov. 20th, 2010 12:55 pm (UTC)
YIKES! Have you seen a doctor? I'm thinkin' bashes to the cranium should be checked. Did you feel nauseous at all?

On another note -- at first, I thought the initial sentence of this post was a metaphor. Wouldn't it make an awesome one?
kellyrfineman
Nov. 20th, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
It would be an AWESOME metaphor. Sadly, it's my reality at the moment. The car works, but that's pretty much all you can say for it.

My noggin is bruised, but I had no nausea or anything of the other usual concussion indicators (blurred vision - well, unless I take my glasses off, but that's a constant - or headache, etc. - not a single thing).
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kellyrfineman
Nov. 20th, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
Much appreciated.
jamarattigan
Nov. 20th, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
Oh no! *sending mucho ice* Take care, Kelly.
kellyrfineman
Nov. 20th, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
poolhallace
Nov. 20th, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
Where did you rent from? Flintstone Automotive??? I laugh when I think about how un-fancy our family car was growing up compared to the luxury my kids ride around in how. How ever did my mom function without automatic start or power locks? Oh yeah...we had one car and she hardly ever had it at home. ACK! Hope your noggin is feeling better!
kellyrfineman
Nov. 20th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
My first car to have automatic locks was a leased vehicle that I got in 1999. I believe that's true of the windows as well. Now, though, they're "standard" in most cars.
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kellyrfineman
Nov. 20th, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
So far it just looks like the shadow of my bangs - only if I pull my bangs back, the shadow stays in place. Heh.
elisabethx
Nov. 20th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
My real, actual, day-to-day care has manual locks. And my head has a couple of permanent lumps. But I look at it this way: what a conversation-starter!
kellyrfineman
Nov. 20th, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
So you know EXACTLY whereof I speak!!
phoenixfirewolf
Nov. 20th, 2010 11:17 pm (UTC)
Heh, my first car that I owned (and just sold in August actually) had power steering... everything else, including the transmission was manual. I feel your pain, except I only had two doors and a hatchback. I do miss the manual transmission tho.

You will appreciate your car all the more when you get it back :)
kellyrfineman
Nov. 20th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
Very, very true. My first car that I owned was a stick-shift VW bug, back before they started making them again. My second car was a manual Ford Escort. My third was a VW bug (again, an old one - 1968), again, stick. My fourth car was a Mazda Protegé (stick, manual locks, but if you unlocked/locked the driver's door a certain way, all the locks popped up or down). It wasn't until 1999 that I had a car with automatic anything.

Hubby's current car has a manual transmission, but power locks, windows, etc. He loves it.
phoenixfirewolf
Nov. 21st, 2010 12:33 am (UTC)
Hah, that's funny. My first car was a Ford Escort :) My first alternate vehicle was an ancient pickup truck and now I just have a newer pickup. Sold the escort in august. It was very said. I'd had it for almost 13 years.

jongibbs
Nov. 21st, 2010 11:14 am (UTC)
Ouch! I hope you feel better now :)
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