December 12, 2005

A PSA for Swisher Sweet Smokers

I'm always surprised at being surprised. Afterwards I ask myself how to have not been surprised, as if surprise is something you can anticipate. But that's sort of oxymoronic. But there it was. I was driving home from work like any other night, smoking a cigar while listening to the cheerful Irish chunes. A little bit o' heaven.

A few minutes later I notice an odor, like someone's burning leaves. I check the ash tray and there's nothing happening there. I figure it's coming from outside. I open the window a little wider, sniffing. Next thing I know my eyes are burning and the darkened car is filled with smoke. Dang nab, the car's afire! She could blow! Scottie what'll I do? How long can I ride 'er?

And yet why isn't there any smoke coming out the hood? It appeared to be coming from the steering wheel column.

I opened the window even wider but the smoke became heavier so I pulled over and took the keys out of the ignition. I try several times to call the local Ford dealer, to see what they think it might be (low on steering wheel fluid cause this?). Meanwhile the cab of the truck continues to huff and puff.

They tell me to bring her in and so I reluctantly re-enter. By this time it's not too bad. Two minutes and I'm at the dealership getting out of the truck when I notice...a pile of ash...a nearly burnt-up CD...

Yes a cigar ember hit some paper and the rest was history. Embarrassing.

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