Note: Car before I started out from San Francisco
The Car: “Thump, thump, thump, thump. . .”
Andy: Kristi, do you think that thing is denting my roof?
Note: Andy refers to the cargo box as “that thing.”
Kristi: (looks) Yeah. (calmly)
Andy: Can you feel it?
Kristi: (still calmly)I can see it.
Andy: (looks in the rearview mirror, sees a huge bulge hanging down from the roof, gasps, and immediately darts across 3 lanes of L.A. traffic to exit the freeway.)
GPS: Recalculating. . . Recalculating. . . Recalculating. . .
Andy: (Speechless, starts breathing deeply to avoid hyperventilating).
Kristi: (calmly) There has got to be a design flaw somewhere.
Andy (in her head): WTF? Who cares if it’s a design flaw? OMG, how much will this devalue my car? I still owe $7000 on it. How are we going to get home? Am I going to have to get another hotel room in L.A.? Can a body shop undent the roof? How am I going to tell my Dad? Did I put too much in there? How did this happen?
(out loud) This is not happening.
Kristi: (in her head): Wonder if we can just keep driving? Will it eventually break through? Can they use a giant magnet to pull the dent out? What should I be saying to Andy right now?
The duo pull into the Jiffy Lube exit driveway, then back out and turn the corner to enter and park.
GPS: Recalculating. . .
As they attempt to exit the vehicle, Oscar jumps into the front seat, preventing seat belt removal. He growls as they shove him to the back.
Andy: I’m just gonna get rid all my stuff up there.
Kristi: I can see across the roof. It looks smooth. Can you see from your side?
Andy: (puzzled, remains speechless, feeling the roof in the inside)
Kristi: Come look.
The two walk to the back of the car.
Kristi: See? It looks smooth. The bubble is not touching the roof.
Note: Kristi refers to the cargo box as the bubble.
Andy: (disbelieving) Is that just how my roof is made?
Kristi: (looking stricken) I am so sorry. I didn’t mean to give you a heart attack.
They begin to laugh; Andy hugs Kristi. They go next door to Jack in the Box and order Churros.
When Andy darts across 3 lanes of L.A. traffic, she sideswipes a church bus and a 5 car pileup results. The car is totaled; however, strangely there is no damage whatsoever to the roof.