Red lights and siren. Just another day in the life of Donna Wendt. I drove my van to the Wheaton Metro Station, and drove in to the Parking Garage entrance that said clearance 7’3”. The garage entrance has a large diameter PVC pipe on a chain which indicated if your car is too high for the parking garage. Although the pipe was touching the top of the van (and rolling harmlessly over it) I thought I could park at a space directly ahead and not go into the low ramps... or at least turn around in there. But as it happened, there were not parking spaces for oversized vehicles. So I was going to turn around, but saw I couldn’t go forward because of the roof beams of the garage. And I couldn’t reverse because the pipe wouldn’t swing backwards - there was a beam blocking the swing of the pipe in the other direction. So I was stuck. What to do?
With my trusty new cell phone (delighted to have a use for it) I called the non-emergency number that was handy by the entrance gate, to get a garage attendant. But it went directly to the Police. Despite my protests, they transferred me to Fire and Rescue. And before I knew it a big red fire truck with all the lights and siren came to my aid. The heavily clothed firemen arrived and just looked at me, quizzically.
After much discussion, and my suggestion, one got on each side of the pipe and lifted it above the roof of my van, and I was able to back out. That's all I needed but, of course, not one person had walked by the entire time I was stuck. The firemen were very nice and maybe relieved that it wasn’t something more difficult, but they probably also thought I was pretty dumb. Well, yes.
|Fireman at Garage - looking|
|Fireman lifts pvc pipe up with a pole|
|Van is happily parked|
|National Archives Microfilm Room|
|Civil War Record of Edwin Ells, Pvt, Co K, 10th Reg't Wisconsin Infantry |
He is "absent sick" in Elizabethtown, Kentucky
|Metro Station - Silver Springs, Maryland|