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Old 06-30-2012, 03:49 AM   #1
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Ok, count me in. How does that saying go? You can't fix stupid.

So I'm finally working again, got a great job at a high-end retail store whose name I won't mention since I'd just embarrass them. For the past several days it has been so hot outside that I've gone the twenty miles to work, and back again, with the panels off of my JKU, and just left it that way while I was there.

Those of you who live in the DMV, DelMarVa, etc., can see where I'm going with this.

So I'm closing up the store tonight when one of my co-workers marvels at how loud the storm is. Never having closed the store before, I didn't realize that awful sound wasn't typical. My heart drops, but I have to follow the procedure of going up the escalator and down three flights of steps to exit through the employee door. I yank off my high-heel sandals and fly down the stairwell, and then swing open the door. The sight of rain pouring down - no, blowing sideways is more like it - puts me in a huge panic. I sprint to the side of the building, and as I come around the corner I'm hit with a huge wall of wind and water pushing me backwards.

Must - make - it - to - the - Jeep...

I can't push that hard into the storm, so I just stand there for a few minutes looking miserable. With a renewed sense of purpose, I struggle toward the Jeep because I know it's only getting worse by the second, and I at least have to try. Scary lightening be damned, I keep going, instantly soaked by the downpour. Oops, side pour. I get to the Jeep and fumble to unlock the back (of course I couldn't have someone stealing my panels while I was working) and throw my few items inside. I unlock the driver side door, and it flies open - narrowly missing the white car parked next to me. I reach across and pull open the passenger side door to unlock it, and it flies open - narrowly missing the black car parked right next to me.

What happens next I can only imagine looks like pure comedy on the store's exterior security camera, and in the back of my head I wonder about who must be laughing their asses off right now from the warm and dry comfort of the security room. I grab the passenger side panel and belatedly realize I need to keep a firm grasp on it. I manage to throw it up on top of the Jeep, and lay across it for a second to hold it down. Well, I can't fit it to the inside in that position, can I? Nope. So I hold one hand down the top, and maneuver myself to wiggle the peg in the hole and pull the latch down. I'm still fighting the bits of wind blowing through the seams, but I eventually get it locked down. Victory!

I go to the back for the second panel, and the wind has picked up more speed, although the lightening remains a constant source of light for me. I throw the thing up on top, and my wrist is yanked away to the side. I silently thank Chrysler for designing the panels with deep groves on the sides, because that's all I have to hold on to it. At this point I look like I'm holding a huge flag. Again, I have to lay myself across it to hold it down for a second or two. This panel, however, is determined to fly away, so I lock my fingers down into the grooves. This one is harder to secure, but I eventually get the job done. Ah! Now I can sit down and breathe peacefully for a minute.

Squish. I can't tell if my long skirt is more saturated than the seat, but at that point I'm just thankful that I fell in love with a Jeep that has no power options or leather interior features. I turn on the wipers, but it only helps a little bit so I use my hand to push around the water on the inside of the windshield. Haha, windshield. Whatever. I turn on the radio, feeling myself calm a little. Soon after that I notice that my feet are still chilly and haven't dried off from running around barefoot in the rain. I tap my toes and realize about an inch of water has accumulated on the floor. At that point, I just start laughing. What the hell else am I going to do right now? It is what it is, and I won't make that mistake again. Now I just need to get the water off the floor and air out the cloth seats. That should be great with the forecasted humidity.

Ugh. Like he said, you can't fix stupid. If you've gotten this far, thanks for reading.

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Old 06-30-2012, 04:32 AM   #2
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I came home from the pool one day with my Son and park sideways in the drive way so the sun would not bake my seat because I had planned to run up town after lunch. I got to doing stuff around the house and watching a movie on t.v. and decided not to go anywhere. Well near the end of the movie the satelite went out, so I keep on doing things. After about 10 to 15 minutes went by, I figured out why it went out...










opps, should have pulled in the garage.
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Old 06-30-2012, 04:41 AM   #4
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Thats a true jeeper take pic first before you move it for future post's lol.. Gotta laugh been there done this!
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Old 06-30-2012, 04:52 AM   #5
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Thats a true jeeper take pic first before you move it for future post's lol.. Gotta laugh been there done this!
There was no need to get in a hurry, had to spend 5 minutes moving stuff so I could pull in the garage.
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Old 06-30-2012, 04:53 AM   #6
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You're a braver woman than I. That storm was crazy... I wouldn't even take my dog out in it so I had to stay up late just so he could go out before bed! I think at that point, my jeep would have just continued its bath.
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Old 06-30-2012, 04:55 AM   #7
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Noway fry all your electric? Its just rain you take a shower anyways just grab a bar of soap on your way out
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At the point she was out there, the damage would already be done. It isn't the rain that bothers me. I don't mess around outside when there is crazy lightning. Don't care if it's an irrational fear, I'm not doing it.
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Little electricity through the body will do more than redbull lol
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At the point she was out there, the damage would already be done. It isn't the rain that bothers me. I don't mess around outside when there is crazy lightning. Don't care if it's an irrational fear, I'm not doing it.
That's what scared me the most, but I couldn't stay put. The direction of the rain was hitting the front of the interior. If I'd parked in the opposite direction I might not have been so upset. The windshield would've been worth something.
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You werent by any chance....wearing a white blouse...were you? hehehe
Sorry...got distracted by testosterone.

Hmmm... I wonder if anyone has ever tried the ole "Umbrella through the freedom hole" trick.

THAT would be a funny pic.

Sounds like you had quite the adventure. Woulda been fun to watch but chivalry woulda made me try to help.
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You werent by any chance....wearing a white blouse...were you? hehehe
Sorry...got distracted by testosterone.

Hmmm... I wonder if anyone has ever tried the ole "Umbrella through the freedom hole" trick.

THAT would be a funny pic.

Sounds like you had quite the adventure. Woulda been fun to watch but chivalry woulda made me try to help.
No, the shirt was black, but that thought did occur to me.
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<chuckle> yep, last night, I contemplated going out and putting the rear and window panels back on the jeep. It's been hot and dry here in Texas and no rain in the forecast. So I convinced myself there was no need. Remembered when I went out and sat down on the vinyl seats that the sprinkler system was on. Of course, the point was not made until I sat on the seat....

Of course, in your case, you might ask security for the video to put on youtube...
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Down here, most people are still without power. I'm so thankful my neighborhood is right in town and we got ours back around 8 this morning. The storm was wild, and all my Jeep had on it was a cab cover (which actually held up good). I'm thankful it's over...
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a storm would be welcome here in tn
yesterday was 108 todays like 105
and it aint rained in almost a month
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There is nothing worse then having someone at work commenting on how bad the storm is outside right now and you know you have no doors or top on. Keep a couple of huge contractor garbage bags in the jeep. Make a great emergency seat cover if you just say the hell with it and still want to stay off the wet seat on the way home.
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that happed to me when i worked for walgreens
one guy came in soaked and said man its dumpin rain out there i feel sorry for whoevers driving that topless white jeep...all my crap got drenched
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Down here, most people are still without power. I'm so thankful my neighborhood is right in town and we got ours back around 8 this morning. The storm was wild, and all my Jeep had on it was a cab cover (which actually held up good). I'm thankful it's over...
As of noon, I think, there were still half a million homes without power in the DC area. The other 700K got it back. My husband is out at the farm living on the generator...to each his own, I guess.
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As of noon, I think, there were still half a million homes without power in the DC area. The other 700K got it back. My husband is out at the farm living on the generator...to each his own, I guess.
I was on shift last night and I was topless...and doorless. I was able to move it over to a parking garage 5 min before all hell broke loose. My buddy's new Rubi wasn't so lucky...

And the Location I work at just got evacuated because our generator system got damaged so we're shut down until Monday.
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I was on shift last night and I was topless...and doorless. I was able to move it over to a parking garage 5 min before all hell broke loose. My buddy's new Rubi wasn't so lucky...

And the Location I work at just got evacuated because our generator system got damaged so we're shut down until Monday.
Tyson's Corner mall was shut down, too. Something about not being able to get water. That's a smack in the wallet on the last day of the month. Sorry about your friend's Rubi. How bad was it?
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I was standing in my garage in Bethesda when the storm hit. I was afraid to go into the house, because the wind was blowing about 80+ mph and we have 6' diameter trees in our front yard. I figured it would be better to stay there where I could see them if one snapped. Well as I am standing there, a 5' long 10" diameter chuck of tree branch comes flying into the Jeep parked about 5' in front of me in the driveway. Just increased my deductible last week too... shit sucks
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Down here, most people are still without power. I'm so thankful my neighborhood is right in town and we got ours back around 8 this morning. The storm was wild, and all my Jeep had on it was a cab cover (which actually held up good). I'm thankful it's over...

My top and doors were off at work while I was in surgery when this storm came through...
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My top and doors were off at work while I was in surgery when this storm came through...
Oh man..I'm sorry, but you win. I at least had the protection of the back of the hardtop. How bad was the damage?
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I was standing in my garage in Bethesda when the storm hit. I was afraid to go into the house, because the wind was blowing about 80+ mph and we have 6' diameter trees in our front yard. I figured it would be better to stay there where I could see them if one snapped. Well as I am standing there, a 5' long 10" diameter chuck of tree branch comes flying into the Jeep parked about 5' in front of me in the driveway. Just increased my deductible last week too... shit sucks
How bad was the damage?
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Not bad really but I just painted it last month...
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Tyson's Corner mall was shut down, too. Something about not being able to get water. That's a smack in the wallet on the last day of the month. Sorry about your friend's Rubi. How bad was it?
He got lucky, just flooded the interior. I keep telling him he can't leave it topless and doorless all summer without some kind of plan B for shelter. That and he's got the leather interior too. Something tells me it's not gonna last too long.
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Oh man..I'm sorry, but you win. I at least had the protection of the back of the hardtop. How bad was the damage?
about 2 inches of water in the floorboards lol..some stuff got just a "little wet".. thats about it lol
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Wow, that was a great story! Very well written, it felt like we were there with you. I assume by now that you have discovered the location of your drain plugs.

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I knew you'd have something to say... And thanks, I had fun writing it.

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Under the carpet in the footwells and under the seats are rubber drain plugs that you can pull out to allow the water to run out. The pull out the wet carpet. Get as much water out as you can with a wet vac. Then place the carpet in the sun.

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