Entry 101: How I Missed Star Wars
I bought tickets to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I bought a showing to see it with my brothers on day one. My youngest brother got out of school earlier that day, and we waited for my dad to pick him up and drop him off to us.
But his car died.
Apparently, my dad took my youngest brother to McDonald's for a meal, but the car died as they were going to head back. And the movie was going to start in less than an hour.
I was going to drive out to his car to jump it, but I wasn't sure which McDonald's he was at. He gave us directions, but since I am not familiar with the layout of San Antonio, so I went the wrong way. We only had 30 minutes left. By the time we drove past all the school buses, we only had 20 minutes before the movie would start, but this was how long it would take just to get there, and we hadn't jumped the car yet.
Mentally, I knew we were going to miss the movie, so I accepted the loss. And I wasn't angry during any point. Why? Because anger leads to the dark side...
We tried to jump my dad's car, but that wasn't working. Since his car is a manual transmission, it could start itself if you rolled it down a hill, in theory.
My dad was parked near a hill, so my younger brother and I pushed with a combine "two horsepower," which wasn't enough. My dad then wanted to drive into a nearby parking lot, but it required us to go uphill, which is extremely difficult to do with a car in neutral. So my dad told me to use the van to "push" his car...
I pulled the van up to his rear bumper and drove at a modest speed, perhaps 5-10 mph. It didn't work. In fact, all it accomplished was giving his fender many scratches.
We stopped in the middle of the vacant lot and considered our possibilities. His car had a tow hook, but the van had no way of towing. He wanted to call his neighbor, who owned a tow-capable truck, but I suggested that we try another go at pushing the car.
My brother and I got behind the car, and we gave it "four horsepower." After a few yards, the car started! By this time, the movie was already starting, but I cut my loses and bought another screening for a few hours later, with reserved seats.
It was a good movie.