Thrilling Thursday, or How My Car Caught on Fire

by Jaime on May 20, 2010

The title kind of says it all, but here’s the gist: my car decided to commit ritual suicide. It decided that life wasn’t worth living anymore, and set itself on fire.

Yes, you read that right. My car SET. ITSELF. ON. FIRE.

So, let’s take a quick step back and think long and hard about this one. Because I have never – at least, not in real life – seen a car on fire. It’s one of those things that you envision happens in movies or as a humorous anecdote someone tells at a bad cocktail party.

In that respect, I suppose I’m the lucky one. I mean, how many people do YOU know who have had their car set itself on fire? Because I’m pretty sure that number is zero.

Back up to 3:45pm MST today. I’m casually sitting at my desk, doing some work when my phone rings. It’s C… who never calls during the work day (he’s polite like that). He tells me that all the stuff once in the back of my car (approximately five pairs of shoes, four pairs of jeans, a few sweaters and some more things… I pretty much live out of that Audi) were now on the side of the road.

Because the car caught on fire.

Naturally (and let’s be honest, I think you’d respond similarly), I did what any girl would do. I cried.

Then, because I carpooled with Amberly (thank god I decided to drive C.’s car to see if we could scavenge anything kickass out of the office upstairs that was moving), I had to go down there, inform her (not very calmly) that we had to leave, and promptly started driving the wrong way.

Well, C. didn’t really give me directions. I was just winging it.

So, I spent about $7.50 in tolls (E-470 is NOT cheap, my friends) to finally – an hour later – come across my boyfriend sitting on the side of the road next to this:

I know it was you, Audi. You broke my heart.

That’s not even the good burned part. That’s just the outside after C. put the hood back down.

The car, sadly, is not salvageable. The engine burned like a rotisserie chicken left on the spit too long, and it’s totaled. We’re going to scrap it for parts (I say “we” like I can do that when we all know that’s untrue) but we’re currently a one car family… which is a problem, since I work in the Tech Center.

The good news is that he’s okay, I’m okay and my shoes are safe and sound. The bad news is that we don’t have money for a new car, so we’re going to get creative for a while.

So, if you’d like to donate to the “JP’s Car LITERALLY Blew Up.” Paypal fund, my paypal email is the same as my one here: [email protected]

Or, you can keep coming to the site, clicking on ads and being amazing like you already are. That works too.

I miss my baby already.


EDIT: More pictures of the car, courtesy of C.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Ellie Di May 20, 2010 at 8:12 pm

HOLY CRAP! I’m so sorry to hear that, hon. I’m glad C (and your shoes) weren’t hurt. This kind of thing can be really scary and not everyone reacts well. I wish I had some money to donate! I’ll be sure to click on a few extra links to do what I can. Happy thoughts for your new travel situation!
.-= Ellie Di´s last blog ..10 Steps to Body Love with Fat Dinosty =-.


Renae May 20, 2010 at 9:02 pm


I am so glad no one was hurt (people or clothing)! I wish I could donate a new car, or even money right now, but I’ll click on links if it helps, girl.

*hugs to you*
.-= Renae´s last blog ..An idea of mine! =-.


April C May 20, 2010 at 10:05 pm

OH MY GOD!!!! I’m so glad everyone is ok and that you didn’t lose anything else….. HOW SCARY!!!! I’m SOOOO glad everyone’s alright!!!


Jelena May 21, 2010 at 12:35 am

OMG!!!!!! Thank goodness everyone is okay, shoes included, and that you weren’t driving when the car set itself on fire! Not that I want C to get hurt or anything, it’s just that he probably was more equipped to deal with a car fire. Can C fix the broken motorcycle and get some safety gear and get around on that for a little while? I know you don’t really want him riding (and I don’t know if he even still has it) but ya gotta do what ya gotta do… maybe your work would let you WFH a couple days a week until you get transport figured out? Yikes! I wish I had a spare car or knew someone with one, but we’re down to one car in our household too after Tai’s car threw a rod and punctured the engine block on the highway–another situation where thankfully nobody was hurt but it’s been a real pain. We’ll have to get together sometime and drink/eat a cupcake to the memory of our poor departed vehicles!


FaithJ May 21, 2010 at 8:29 am

Oh noes! Horrible! Is public transportation/carpooling an option?


Wonderful May 21, 2010 at 9:07 am

Oh no! I’m so sorry! I’ve never ever heard of that happening before without warning….thank god you like your coworkers enough to carpool with them!
.-= Wonderful´s last blog ..Bake or Broil? =-.


Ashley May 21, 2010 at 11:12 am

Oh my gosh! That’s horrible! I just clicked on a bunch of your ads – I hope it helps a little :) I’ll be sure to click on a few every time I come to your site!
.-= Ashley´s last blog ..Mary-Kate by Terry Richardson =-.


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