Flatlined

A moment of silence, please.

Despite BH’s frantic, last-ditch resuscitation efforts, invocations to the gods, and a couple of swift kicks to the tires, The Plow Truck has finally died. Really died this time. Dead. Dead. Dead. If we wanted to replace the engine, and then replace the frame, steering mechanism, brakes, and exhaust, well then maybe it could be dragged out of the icy clutches of the grave. But the time has come to end its suffering.

It lived 26 years, well beyond the expected life for a Chevy quarter-ton. It plowed hundreds of tons of snow each winter, and was home to deer mice and other critters in the summer. It was a brave truck, and true. It gave us its last gasp yesterday, heroically opening up the driveway one last time, before it laid down, shuddered, and closed its eyes for good.

A memorial service will be held Friday night at 8 pm. The family has been deeply affected by this loss, so there will be no public calling hours. Donations can be made to the Oswego County Habitat for Humanity.

Image hosted by TinyPic.com Good-bye, old friend.

63 Replies to “Flatlined”

  1. I absolutely adore your this-is-a-tragedy-but-i’m-determined-to-stay-strong tone. Condolences on your loss; i’m sure the truck is in a Better Place now

  2. I absolutely adore your this-is-a-tragedy-but-i’m-determined-to-stay-strong tone. Condolences on your loss; i’m sure the truck is in a Better Place now

    1. I, on the other hand, am equally sure that the truck is just sitting there, taking up space on your property. I hope you manage to find a replacement, since I know you get tons of snow up there each year!

      1. This comment totally cracked me up ^_^

        My thoughts on Better Placedom were that the Tooth Fairy might have a cousin, the Truck Fairy, who would know what to do with Laurie’s once-truck (and perhaps leave a some of money in its stead). Wishful thinking i suppose

  3. I absolutely adore your this-is-a-tragedy-but-i’m-determined-to-stay-strong tone. Condolences on your loss; i’m sure the truck is in a Better Place now

  4. I, on the other hand, am equally sure that the truck is just sitting there, taking up space on your property. I hope you manage to find a replacement, since I know you get tons of snow up there each year!

  5. I, on the other hand, am equally sure that the truck is just sitting there, taking up space on your property. I hope you manage to find a replacement, since I know you get tons of snow up there each year!

  6. Flatlined

    I think you mean “shuddered”, yes? What a trooper. R.I.P.

    Oklahoma City received one inch of snow here yesterday. Very cold for us (6 degrees) and dry. You don’t even need a shovel to clear the sidewalk – A broom does the job. Everybody’s afraid to go out in it, but we’re better off than the relatives in Texas. They had sleet. Cars were abandoned in the streets. I hunger for deep snow and the sound of tires squeaking through snowpack.

  7. Flatlined

    I think you mean “shuddered”, yes? What a trooper. R.I.P.

    Oklahoma City received one inch of snow here yesterday. Very cold for us (6 degrees) and dry. You don’t even need a shovel to clear the sidewalk – A broom does the job. Everybody’s afraid to go out in it, but we’re better off than the relatives in Texas. They had sleet. Cars were abandoned in the streets. I hunger for deep snow and the sound of tires squeaking through snowpack.

    1. Re: Flatlined

      Yeah, duh, good spelling mistake catch. I’ll fix it in a minute.

      Brooming away snow – hah!

      The sun came out today and turned the world into a jewel box. Took my breath away whenever I looked out the window.

  8. Flatlined

    I think you mean “shuddered”, yes? What a trooper. R.I.P.

    Oklahoma City received one inch of snow here yesterday. Very cold for us (6 degrees) and dry. You don’t even need a shovel to clear the sidewalk – A broom does the job. Everybody’s afraid to go out in it, but we’re better off than the relatives in Texas. They had sleet. Cars were abandoned in the streets. I hunger for deep snow and the sound of tires squeaking through snowpack.

  9. I rented Speak last night and really liked it. The hospital scene seemed kinda off but other than that it was pretty much like how I was picturing it back when I read it.

  10. I rented Speak last night and really liked it. The hospital scene seemed kinda off but other than that it was pretty much like how I was picturing it back when I read it.

  11. I rented Speak last night and really liked it. The hospital scene seemed kinda off but other than that it was pretty much like how I was picturing it back when I read it.

  12. Re: Flatlined

    Yeah, duh, good spelling mistake catch. I’ll fix it in a minute.

    Brooming away snow – hah!

    The sun came out today and turned the world into a jewel box. Took my breath away whenever I looked out the window.

  13. Re: Flatlined

    Yeah, duh, good spelling mistake catch. I’ll fix it in a minute.

    Brooming away snow – hah!

    The sun came out today and turned the world into a jewel box. Took my breath away whenever I looked out the window.

  14. we’re expected to have 9 inches of snow! I hope their exaggerating my wheelchair could never make it through all that and if their not then school better be cancelled because i have a global test the size of Africa I can’t miss it I’m in a honors class it will mess up my 90 average if I do I think I’m panicking – jessica from sheepshead bay

  15. we’re expected to have 9 inches of snow! I hope their exaggerating my wheelchair could never make it through all that and if their not then school better be cancelled because i have a global test the size of Africa I can’t miss it I’m in a honors class it will mess up my 90 average if I do I think I’m panicking – jessica from sheepshead bay

  16. we’re expected to have 9 inches of snow! I hope their exaggerating my wheelchair could never make it through all that and if their not then school better be cancelled because i have a global test the size of Africa I can’t miss it I’m in a honors class it will mess up my 90 average if I do I think I’m panicking – jessica from sheepshead bay

  17. Wow. That truck has been around as long as my dad has been teaching in the district!
    *bows head in reverence*
    It must have done its fair share of snow plowing.

    little quirk

  18. Wow. That truck has been around as long as my dad has been teaching in the district!
    *bows head in reverence*
    It must have done its fair share of snow plowing.

    little quirk

  19. Wow. That truck has been around as long as my dad has been teaching in the district!
    *bows head in reverence*
    It must have done its fair share of snow plowing.

    little quirk

  20. I now leave you with a song by Evanescence, which I find to be semi-appropiate with this.

    Goodnight, sleep tight
    No more tears
    In the morning
    I’ll be here
    And when we say goodnight
    Dry your eyes
    Because we said goodnight
    And not goodbye
    We said goodnight
    And not goodbye

    Just remember its spirit goes on.

    (Wow, I kind of took way too seriously. oh well)

  21. I now leave you with a song by Evanescence, which I find to be semi-appropiate with this.

    Goodnight, sleep tight
    No more tears
    In the morning
    I’ll be here
    And when we say goodnight
    Dry your eyes
    Because we said goodnight
    And not goodbye
    We said goodnight
    And not goodbye

    Just remember its spirit goes on.

    (Wow, I kind of took way too seriously. oh well)

    1. nice

      I’m a huge fan of Evanescence and that’s a pretty good connection. Although it was only a truck… it’s all good 🙂

  22. I now leave you with a song by Evanescence, which I find to be semi-appropiate with this.

    Goodnight, sleep tight
    No more tears
    In the morning
    I’ll be here
    And when we say goodnight
    Dry your eyes
    Because we said goodnight
    And not goodbye
    We said goodnight
    And not goodbye

    Just remember its spirit goes on.

    (Wow, I kind of took way too seriously. oh well)

  23. This comment totally cracked me up ^_^

    My thoughts on Better Placedom were that the Tooth Fairy might have a cousin, the Truck Fairy, who would know what to do with Laurie’s once-truck (and perhaps leave a some of money in its stead). Wishful thinking i suppose

  24. This comment totally cracked me up ^_^

    My thoughts on Better Placedom were that the Tooth Fairy might have a cousin, the Truck Fairy, who would know what to do with Laurie’s once-truck (and perhaps leave a some of money in its stead). Wishful thinking i suppose

  25. I am so so so sorry this must be a total tragedy to you…:(….but your truck is in a better place now

    xx oo

  26. I am so so so sorry this must be a total tragedy to you…:(….but your truck is in a better place now

    xx oo

  27. I am so so so sorry this must be a total tragedy to you…:(….but your truck is in a better place now

    xx oo

  28. your plower

    UMMMM.. I ;LIKE YOUR BOOK SPEAK IM NOT A BIG READER I HATE READING ACTUALLY AS YOU SEE I CAN BE INTERESTED IN BOOKS I REALLY DO ENJOY YOUR BOOK SPEAK AND MY FRIENDS AND I ARE FANS!!!

    KARI & BRE

  29. your plower

    UMMMM.. I ;LIKE YOUR BOOK SPEAK IM NOT A BIG READER I HATE READING ACTUALLY AS YOU SEE I CAN BE INTERESTED IN BOOKS I REALLY DO ENJOY YOUR BOOK SPEAK AND MY FRIENDS AND I ARE FANS!!!

    KARI & BRE

  30. your plower

    UMMMM.. I ;LIKE YOUR BOOK SPEAK IM NOT A BIG READER I HATE READING ACTUALLY AS YOU SEE I CAN BE INTERESTED IN BOOKS I REALLY DO ENJOY YOUR BOOK SPEAK AND MY FRIENDS AND I ARE FANS!!!

    KARI & BRE

  31. truck

    what would a better place for a truck be? would there be gas stations all over and oil changing places?

  32. truck

    what would a better place for a truck be? would there be gas stations all over and oil changing places?

  33. truck

    what would a better place for a truck be? would there be gas stations all over and oil changing places?

  34. nice

    I’m a huge fan of Evanescence and that’s a pretty good connection. Although it was only a truck… it’s all good 🙂

  35. nice

    I’m a huge fan of Evanescence and that’s a pretty good connection. Although it was only a truck… it’s all good 🙂

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