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Hallelujah Pizzeria Part 2

Thursday, February 23, 2006

I was never so happy to turn the car off and my legs were more than a little shaky as I stepped out and walked into the pizza shop. The look on my face as I walked in must have said it all…as I blew in the door with the wind and snow with me. There were a middle aged couple behind the counter, and a younger man sitting at a table. They were all chatting and looked up at me in surprise. Are there any Bed & Breakfasts in the area, I asked. The woman shook her head, and says no, nothing, not even a motel, nothing between here are Halifax. Crap, I think to myself. The husband says hold on a minute, let’s double check in the telephone book, and he starts flipping through the pages. I call Mr. C on my cell phone and tell him I won’t be home tonight. What? He asks…where are you? Where will you stay? I don’t know, and maybe in the car, I respond. I tell him not to worry, that I am making smart decisions and that I will be staying safe. We hang up and I return to find out that there is a B&B about 15 minutes away. And they are open and have a room available. Would you like me to call them back and book it for you? The woman asks. Yes! I am so thrilled that I will not be sleeping in the car or on the Pizzeria floor.

But now my mind quickly starts to think about getting back in the car and driving again. Fifteen minutes could be forever in the mess out there. The younger of the two men notices my distress and offers to drive in his truck to the B&B and for me to follow him. I immediately say YES! and after much discussion about which route to take, we are on our way. The drive was not nearly as bad when I had the comfort of following someone who was watching out for me. An RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) car pulled up to his truck and a short conversation was had and then we were soon at the B&B. Upon both of us parking and getting out, I asked him what the RCMP had wanted. There had just been a major accident on the main Highway (the one I had just gotten off of) that involved three cars and a woman in one of the cars was dead. The officer was warning vehicles to stay off the Highway. I immediately thought about the silly woman and hoped that she hadn’t been involved. I called her cell phone. It was turned off.

I thanked the young fellow and asked him how I could repay him for his kindness. I don’t want anything at all. Really, I am just glad I could help you out. I felt so bad for you back there that I really just wanted to get you here safely. I wanted to give him a hug and a kiss but gave him a friendly Canadian handshake and thanked him profusely for his kindness.

I walked into the B&B and a woman quickly greeted me and checked me in, showed me to my room and asked if I needed anything else. I asked her if she had any toothpaste or toothbrushes that I could perhaps buy from her, given that I had not been prepared for an overnight excursion. Well, then you’ll need pajamas as well! And she is off and brings me a toothbrush and toothpaste (both brand new and still in the package) and a pair of her pajamas. So I settled snuggly into the bed of a cozy Victorian B&B wearing a strangers’ dark purple satin pajamas. I got up bright and early the next morning and was home by 8:00 am. Upon telling Mr.C. the whole story, he gave me a hug, said he was glad I'd made it home safely and then said Did you bring any pizza home?

I continued to call the silly woman all day, and finally got through to her late yesterday. Oh, yes, I am fine. She says, wondering why I am asking. I ask her about her drive, and she says that she crawled along and got home in the middle of the night, and that she had also been stopped by the RCMP but wasn’t prepared to stay anywhere overnight (not having toothpaste and such). She never asked how my drive was, seemed annoyed that I had to overnight at a B&B, and proceeded to talk about the “Next” presentation. Forget it. I’m out. Silly woman.

  1. Blogger SkyeBlue2U said:

    It's taking me awhile to catch my breath and gather my thoughts after that ordeal. Good for you for saying "NO" to her next presentation, silly woman.

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    I think you did the right thing. "someone" was looking out for you.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    I did some work with this woamn a few years ago and it was also a disaster; lesson learned.

    You're right; I was being looked after.
    And thanks again for the necklace; it is beautiful. I wore it today and received compliments. My next post will be about it.

  1. Blogger Connie and Rob said:

    The whole ordeal is unbelievable. That woman is just down right a basket case...stay away.

    Thank goodness you had your guardian angel with you. There are still some very nice people out there. Bless them.

    Glad you are safe.

  1. Blogger Neo said:

    Cathy - Oh wow! That's messed up. You must have had that "Wonder what would have happened if you'd still been driving on that road," moments.

    That's what I love about Canadians though, they always look out for each other.

    Glad you made it home safe.

    Peace & Hugs,

    - Neo

  1. Blogger Michelle said:

    Wow, there are so many wonderful people out there. Except of course for the Nutter of a woman....i can't believe she'd even consider another presentation.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    I travelled with this woman to Vietnam on a work trip two years ago and by the time we landed in London (on out stop-over) I was so exasperated that I "lost" her in the airport and went to another hotel...really, sometimes our memories escape us too quickly.

    Exactly...I have been thinking those "what if" thoughts on more than one occasion these past few days. Grand generalization, but there are lots of decent Canadians here to help one another out. We are loyal (generally speaking of course)...

    Nutter woman is right; she is annoyed because I wouldn't go three hours away tonight...she is totally absorbed in her own self interest. Thankfully I really have no need to work with her ever again because she had been working on a contract that ends in one month.

  1. Blogger Stephanie said:

    I am so happy you are safe especially after hearing about the accident. I've driven a few times in weather like that, and it is so scary.

    The woman was silly and self-centered and I notice that sort of people every day. What I love most of all is the part about the people you met who helped you when you needed it. They are still out there - hurray!!!

    Purple satin pajamas & the Hallelujah Pizzeria, huh? Sweet!

  1. Blogger blackcrag said:

    The kindness of strangers, eh?

    The silly woman couldn't stop anywhere for the night because she's too silly to depend on the kindness of strangers.

    I am sorry to hear someone died that night but I'm glad it wasn't you. Mr. C and me both I'm guessing.

  1. Blogger Meow said:

    Wow, Cathy, that is so amazing. Glad you got home safely, eventually, and that there are such nice, helpful people out there. Take care, Meow

  1. Blogger Maddy said:

    I'm so happy you stayed in
    that cozy spot with the
    purple pajamas - foolish woman
    -what a "knob" - sorry - but
    she seems so to me.


  1. Blogger Marel Lecone said:

    Wow. Thank God for all of the kindness. And, so good of you to look after the silly woman. Ungrateful, silly woman! :) Who knows what you may have been protected from that day. Really great ending. :)

  1. Blogger Berlinbound said:

    Nice story Cathy ... good travel karma working.

  1. Blogger Chloe said:

    what a nice man, what a kind B&B woman, what a smart decision you made Cathy. It's so good when we prove to ourselves we can make it and we sometimes need to change our ways in order to survive. I'm so so glad you are okay.

  1. Blogger christina said:

    Oh my god, Cathy. I can't even imagine. I'm so glad you're home safe now. What an ordeal for you. And definitely a good idea to cross that woman off your list of obligations.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    You are so right. I had expected to be on my own and people helped out in extraordinary ways.
    The pj's were a little over the top, but we will make a family trip (in good weather) for lunch at the pizzeria one day.

    I've thought about her behaviour and it comes down to the fact that she thinks she is above death. That arrogant. Or stupid, perhaps...
    The woman who died was an elderly woman from the area. Very sad for her and her family.

    Helpful and wonderful people. I don't know what I would have done without them. We should all be so fortunate to have kind strangers in times of need.

    This is the thing that disturbed me so much; that this woman was completely clueles to the fact that I was concerned for her safety and she was obviously not at all concerned about me. Totally selfish.

    I have been fortunate to have lots of good travel karma in much worse situations even...

    Surivial skills kicked in and my head was even more clear than under calm circumstances. Amazing how the mind can take care of us when we really need a clear head.
    The people who helped out were amazing. Expecially the young fellow who guided me there.

    I actually hope I never have to speak to the woman again. And don't think I will need to. Phew.

  1. Blogger Christopher said:

    That's quite an adventure. I think I need to read the other part to get truly up to speed on this.

    Thnaks for stopping by to my rather tawdry blog. It's always nice to get nice, new comments from nice, new people.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    This was long-winded for me; I usually don't post so much text; usually pictures and useless crap. Much like you self-profess about your blog. So we're sympatico...

  1. Blogger christina said:

    Cathy! I just found this link to a news story about the missing au pair. It's not looking good, I'm afraid.


    (If the link doesn't work, just e- mail me at cmessmann@gmail.com and I'll copy the article and send it to you.)

  1. Blogger Heidi said:

    Well this settles it! Next time I venture out on a driving excursion, I'm bringing my emergency supplies..And I will make sure to add toothpaste/brush and pj's. ;)

    Wow what a story. Thankfully your home safe with or without pizza.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Thank you for finding the link for me, but oh, that is bad news.

    I am thinking the same thing. From now on, an emergency kit in the car for any drive in the winter.

  1. Blogger erikku said:

    Been a while since I've been here.

    Glad to see you got out of there safely. The weather down here can be treacherous somedays, I hate to think how bad it could be up there.

  1. Blogger missbhavens said:

    Whew! that ended well! How nice it was that you found such helpful people to guide you to warmth and safety!

    ...no more of these presentations, though, okay?

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