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Chuck Hinman: IJMA. Predicament in Tulsa
Chuck Hinman: Predicament in Tulsa Chuck heeds wife's advice to lock all doors when driving and finds himself locked out with the engine running when he steps out to clear away snow on the rear window.
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By Chuck Hinman
Predicament in Tulsa
I have lived with the "heartache of psoriasis" most of my adult life. It's the primary reason no one remembers seeing me in a swimming suit.
When I was a young business man, I drove to Tulsa every Saturday morning for a treatment with Dr. Shackelford, a skin-disorder specialist. On one Saturday morning it was snowing heavily when I started home.
German versus American automobile door locks
I was driving a sporty 1958 Vauxhall, a General Motors product manufactured in Germany. It had one engineering problem. When you engaged the door locks in the window sills, the doors remained locked when you exited the car unless you manually pulled the door lock up to disengage it.
On American cars, merely opening the door disengages the lock and you avoid being locked out of your car.
On this Saturday morning I decided to heed my wife Connie's long standing advice to lock all doors when driving -- especially in a raging snow-storm.
This I did and was cruising along when I realized I couldn't see out the rear window because of excessive snow build up. No big deal I reasoned. I'll just slip out of the car at the next traffic light and whisk the snow off the back window and be on my way!
Locked out with the engine running
Oh you are way ahead of me! I'm hopelessly locked out of my car with the engine running. How dumb! Dumb Germans! No wonder they lost the war!
By now the traffic was backed up as far as I could see, people honking their horns at this idiot in his shirtsleeves, outside his car trying various doors which he has already tried.
Finally the police arrived and after learning the problem from me, redirected the traffic and eased the problem.
Solving the problem -- stranger with coat hanger
I called the lock people from a nearby service station and they said it would be several hours before they could help me.
About that time a stranger appeared with a coat hanger, opened the door and I was finally on my way home.
I rarely touch a door lock that my mind doesn't go back to that unfriendly experience with Tulsa motorists fifty years ago! Yssh!
Written by Chuck Hinman and emailed Monday, 4 January 2010.
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