On the Highway of Life (or Death)

Funny story… and true.

This morning my mother-in-law, who runs one of our Portable Building stores arrived at work and was unable to drive in the gate. No, the gate wasn’t frozen shut. No, an angry group of bovines wasn’t blocking the way. In fact, a car towing a small trailer was parked in the driveway parallel to the gate.

She approached the car and saw a man sitting inside. His mouth was open, his eyes were closed, and his head was tipped back on the headrest. She knocked on the window and received no response. A little worried now, she walked around to the driver’s side door and knocked on the window just a few inches from this gentleman’s unmoving head. Still no response. She banged on the window as hard as she could, shaking the car in the process. The driver remained motionless. She made a logical, if disturbing, conclusion: He’s dead.

My mother-in-law called the police and reported a possible dead body and they arrived very promptly. After knocking on the window themselves with the same result, they tried the door; it was unlocked. They shook this gentleman and he startled awake, a little confused but thankfully still in firm possession of his mortal coil.

How did this all come to pass? Apparently, he had driven to Waco non-stop from Wisconsin. Sometime in the middle of the night he became so drowsy, that he pulled over at the first spot he saw along the highway with room to accommodate his car and trailer — our gate. Despite his exhaustion, he was having trouble falling asleep with the noise of the passing traffic, so he turned off his hearing-aid and laid back to get a little shut-eye. He slept a little longer than he had intended, resulting in his still blocking the gate when it was time to open the store.

Needless to say, my mother-in-law was very relieved that she didn’t have a dead body on her hands.

So, let this be a lesson to you, hearing-aid-wearing-late-night-drivers: Don’t turn your hearing-aid off when you pull over to get some rest. You just might freak out some poor old lady who just wants to open the gate!

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