New Year’s “Flare”

January 6, 2009

So how did you spend your New Year’s eve? Mine was quite interesting…

The plan was to be on the cape for a quiet weekend of friends, food, wine, games, walks and books. Sitting in the breakdown lane on the highway with tons of traffic, plows coming inches from the car, and very little visibility because of a snow storm was not really the plan.

new-years-2008-0081I hate to say it, and I can only say it because we were lucky and were rescued quickly…but we had a great time. I have not laughed so hard in a long time. My trust of the Good Samaritans was renewed. So many people offered help either on the road or to get us home. Good lessons to reflect back on.

  • Don’t panic
  • Make the best of a situation
  • There are nice people who will help
  • Friends make it all better
  • Be sure to renew your AAA card

The other important lesson is to be ready and organized for something like this. Kathleen had an emergency kit in the car. We did not, however ,have a “flare.” A very nice plow driver came by and lit one for us. Because we were heading to the cape we had blankets, pillows, food and beer! But on a normal day, be sure to keep a small shovel, blanket, some water, and perhaps some non-perishable food such as power bars in the car. Put “flares” on your shopping list, I am. Also remember safety. Especially if you are alone in the car. Ask someone to call help for you. Don’t let anyone in your car.

Thanks to all who helped us. Play it forward.

2 Responses to “New Year’s “Flare””


  1. Ann Marie – welcome to the blogworld! Meanwhile, I have to go find my car shovel!

  2. John Trosko Says:

    Hi Ann Marie,

    You’ve given us some great preparedness tips! I think you covered all the bases, especially with organizing the emergency rations (like the beer LOL). Nice work… and congrats on the new blog.

    John aka OrganizingLA


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