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I Threw A Rock Through My Truck’s Window – “You’re Wiiiiild!”

A couple of days ago I was up in the mountains. This is happening more frequently. I can’t seem to wrangle the tics unless I’m out in the trees and everything is quiet. So I go out, I pick a group of trees, and I start running towards it. I run until I can’t, then I sit for a while and come back.

So I was up there for hours and hiked up to Lake Solitude.

By the time I came down I was sweaty, tired, and it was getting dark.

Oh no! I had left my keys in my car. Phone, too.

The parking lot by the trail-head was full of people, but I didn’t want to ask anyone for help.  I was just in a hurry, but not for any real reason.

I’m not very smart, but I’m decisive when it’s go time. No thinking about consequences for me!

I threw a rock through the driver’s side window of the truck and could not believe how many zillions of pieces it broke into. I had this idea that it would create a dainty little hole. I’d reach through the hole, get my keys, and lovingly remove the rest of the glass in one big sheet. Ha!

There were a lot of people around. They must have all thought I was a very brazen, patient thief, as I swept the glass out onto the ground. My editor told me this was an extremely stupid way to handle the problem, but so what. Someone recently told me my book was “raggedy” and that’s my editor’s fault, so her credibility is totally gone!

It also reminded me of this scene from Dirty Dancing. Fast forward to about 1:30 and say it with me…”You’re wild!”

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  • spencer July 23, 2013, 3:48 pm

    Yes, but did you dance kick the rock before you threw it through the window? Because that is when you know you are truly wild.

    • Josh Hanagarne July 23, 2013, 4:13 pm

      That kick was so weak, and so lame. And he had to kick it so many times to get it out of the ground.

  • Jennifer July 23, 2013, 7:59 pm

    Raggedy??? Pshaw!!

    I suggest you start wearing a lanyard with your keys attached Mr! No more breaking windows 😉

  • Jack M July 24, 2013, 5:29 am

    Keys in front left pocket. Always.

  • Michelle July 24, 2013, 7:37 am

    I’ve locked my keys in the car while going to the store to get a second set of keys. So I feel for you.

    Although I did not break my window to get them out. I asked the guy in the store.

    • Marjorie July 24, 2013, 7:48 am

      Your book is so not raggedy. A pleasure to read (except when I was hurting for your struggles) every page. Skilled writing throughout. Your editor should be proud! (You are invited to take a little credit too 🙂

      Keep finding those outdoor places…

  • Jim Janney July 25, 2013, 8:30 am

    I did that once, about a mile from the bottom of Big Cottonwood. Thinking of that same scene, I found a rock and hit my window with it. Other than a strange look from a guy walking down the road, nothing at all happened. Then I remembered I have AAA, so I walked down to the 7-11 and called them.

  • Trish Kosik July 27, 2013, 8:44 am

    I started your book yesterday and could hardly put it down. Just finished it this morning. I loved many aspects your story – your questioning of faith, your physical and emotional strength, the love for your family and the crazy things that happen to you in the library. I am a school librarian which is quite different from your job, but the love of books remains the same. Thanks for a great read and I look forward to the reading recommendations.