Do you remember the end of Toy Story? Woody and Buzz hop on R.C. and ride to the moving truck. They make it to the truck, and Slinky Dog hops down and grabs Woody. Slinky Dog stretches as far as he can, moving from one side of the street to the other, until he can’t hold on any longer.
Believe it or not, I’ve had a similar incident involving a car and a slinky-type contraption.
One night after work, my friend and I decided to take his mom’s 350Z for a spin. It was a beautiful car and an awesome night for a late drive. The weather was perfect.
We drove around and chatted, twisting and turning through all back roads of the Franklin Road area — until we came to this in the middle of the road:
You may recognize it. It’s an air conditioning duct. We tried to dodge it, and thought we did until I looked in the side mirror.
The duct was attached underneath the car, and we were dragging it down Edmonson Pike and Nolensville Road at 1 in the morning. The silver car slinky was at least 20 feet long, and it dragged from one side of the street to the other. Frantically, we tried to figure out what to do, but we couldn’t stop laughing. I cried from laughing so hard and knew we were going to get pulled over. No cop would ignore a sports car dragging a 20-plus-foot slinky down a main road in the middle of the night.
I felt like the baby sister in Toy Story seeing Slinky Dog in her side mirror. It was epic.
After about 10 minutes, we were finally able pull into a parking lot and unhook the duct. There was no damage done to the car, and it made for a great story. Some of my fondest memories are car stories, and you never know what you’ll see. Who knows there may be a YouTube video somewhere…
For fun, here’s the end of Toy Story, backwards! And if you have any funny car stories, we’d love to read them!