Today we were driving home from Louisville when it started to rain. I turned on the windshield wipers and, much to my dismay, one was missing! Where exactly a windshield wiper goes I have no idea, but it was definitely not on my car! We got off at the next exit and stopped at a gas station. They didn’t have windshield wipers but they directed us to an auto parts store around the corner. Closed. We tried another gas station and they sent us to another auto parts store around the corner the other way, but they were also closed. We tried to think where else we could find a windshield wiper in a small town on Sunday afternoon and decided to call Google(1) to find out if there was a Sears or Walmart nearby. Of course there was nothing right there.
We switched the right windshield wiper to the left side so the driver could at least see straight ahead and pulled the right wiper arm so it was sticking out away from the windshield. That was pretty funny looking and we could certainly laugh at the idea of driving down the highway like that, but decided it was probably not the best option. Dave asked if we had any tape in the car to cover up the end of the wiper arm so it could go without scratching the windshield. I fished around in the glove compartment and didn’t find any tape but did find a first aid kit with one regular band-aid and one square band-aid. That should do it! I wrapped the square band-aid around the end of the wiper arm, but it didn’t quite go all the way around. I used the regular band-aid on the end to help hold the first one in place and to add a little extra cushion. Perfect! It looked like an amputated limb going back and forth, but it got us another 15 miles down the highway until we could stop.
1. I love that service and have used it WAY more than I ever thought I would. When I first heard about it, people were talking about it as a way to save money when calling for directory assistance. I thought that was silly because I never spend money calling information. Besides, I thought, I always look up what I need online before I leave. Until I realized that I can call when I’m out and about and need to find something nearby. Now I use it all the time. Just call 1-800-GOOG-411.