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So I go riding yesterday. Haven’t been riding in two weeks and yesterday was a great time to go. Other than the wind, it wasn’t too bad. Went up to Gambrils and parked up in the ‘Shed. I get geared up and head on out. It was a little cold to start and got colder as the day went on. For some reason, I was also wearing out pretty quick. I did a loop around Gambrils and a few miles in the ‘Shed. I also hate to admit, that I walked a few sections that I normally ride. Like I said, I was wearing out pretty fast and was light headed. Better luck next time.

So anyhow, I finish up and get back to my truck. Load up and head out. I pull into a local Gas-N-Go in Frederick to grab a snack. Just as I got back into my truck, my phone rings. It’s Wendy. My GF. The first words out of her mouth was *say it with me now* “Please don’t be mad at me.” Oh no, this CAN’T be good I thought. “why, what’s going on?” I reply. “Well, I gotta tell you something, but I need you to promise you won’t get mad at me, ‘k??” :bluefrown:

Now ladies, when you call your guy up and the first sentence you utter is “Please don’t be mad at me” and you want us to promise you we won’t get mad, doesn’t exactly lift our spirits. In fact I had envisioned half the house burned down at this point.

After a few minutes I got her to tell me what was wrong. While I was riding, she remembered I gave my consent for her to get another hamster. While, I’m personally not thrilled about another animal in the house, I did agree to that. Well, she decided to one up it. Every time we go into Petco, she likes looking at the Rats. *can you guess where this is going now?* Yup. She bought a rat. :rolleyes: OK. Not a biggie, but I don’t want this thing in my house. I agreed to a hamster, not a rat. She only has an old plastic hamster box to keep it in. It’ll chew through that in an hour and be loose in the house.

Well, this gets better. She decided she couldn’t wait until she got home to pet the damn thing and opened the box to look at it. Just GUESS what happened next. Come on now, guess. Yup, the damn thing got out. When I asked where it was, she replied hiding up behind the dashboard.

“Oh, jumping Jesus H Christ” I thought. :eek: Rats like to chew. Many electrical wire up behind a dash to chew on. I then envisioned myself ripping the dash apart to splice the many wires this thing would chew through. So I told her not to drive the car until I got there.

Now mind you, I’m in my bike cloths. I usually go home and grab a shower after a ride. The temps are dropping and the wind is between 20-40mph. Not what I want to go rat hunting in.

To make a looooonnnngggggg story short, almost 4 hours later, 7pm, after trying to bait it out, grab it, hook it, force it out, and MUCH yelling between Wendy and I as my freezing patience gave out, I was contemplating buying some .22 shot shells and taking care of the little focker once in for all. If we were back in WV, I just might have done that, but Maryland isn’t very open minded about the 2nd amendment. Just then her parents drove up. Great I thought, the last two people I feel like dealing with. Turns out they were driving around and saw us. Wanted to know what was up. By this point in time, I had left furious behind 2 hrs ago and could not describe how mad I was. She told her parents what was going on and her dad was kind enough to help me. We pried the dash apart and was able to reach in w/ our hand to grab it’s tail. As soon as we got it into the box, we took it right into the pet store and returned it. It was either that or I was using it for target practice.

Now her dad couldn’t believe this one. I apologized to him for being so mad, but he completely understood me at that point and said he would be the same way. After all, he raised her and actually kicked her in the butt. Not hard, just in a joking way.

One of the reasons I was so mad was that I COULD NOT get that God damn dashboard apart. :madman: :madmax: :madman::madmax: :madman: :madmax: The car is a ’04 Chevy Caviler (sp?). I cracked some of the dash trying to get the radio out so I could get behind the dash. I though I would have access to behind the dash that way but oh no, it was walled up behind there. Couldn’t remove the glove box as it was molded into the rest of the dash. So basically there was no way for me to get into it. So because of this, I will NEVER buy a Chevy. I’ve had to replace dashboard lights before in my Ford Escort and Ranger and while a PITA, I was able to get the dash apart.

I’m taking the day off of work so I can some stuff done and put her dashboard back together. It’s almost 30 degrees today. Fun working weather.



Well, I thought this was an interesting story and wanted to share. Was able to get a ride in so it wasn’t a totally bad day.
 

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You should have just bought a snake.
 

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Dude I thought at the beginning that it would be worse, like she got in a car crash, but Im feeling ya,,,,You have to fix the wiring or no?
 

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Two words:

Bug Fogger

Seriously, I had a Cavalier and mine was a complete and total POS. I swore off American made cars because of it. When the rat wouldn't come out, you should have just sold the car WITH the rat and bought another car. Two problems- solved.
 

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Mountain biker 41 said:
Dude I thought at the beginning that it would be worse, like she got in a car crash, but Im feeling ya,,,,You have to fix the wiring or no?

No. Not as far as I can tell, the wiring is good. BUT as Wendy drove the car home last night, she turned on the heater and informed me that she smells rat p1ss. Go figure.
 

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At least nothing happened to your bike :)
 

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benlineberry said:
Two words:

Bug Fogger

Seriously, I had a Cavalier and mine was a complete and total POS. I swore off American made cars because of it. When the rat wouldn't come out, you should have just sold the car WITH the rat and bought another car. Two problems- solved.
Haven't owned one in a thousand years, but I've had the misfortune of working on them. What clusterfocks they are and agreed about GM vehicles. Since working on the cars of other automakers, I have seen that cars can be built economically, with respect to building labor or reduction of parts count while still being serviceable.
 

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Great story. I make it a personal rule never to keep any kind of rodent as a pet due to the chew factor. +1 on the at least nothing happened to your bike.
 

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At least she's not knocked up....

My first thought after reading the "don't get mad at me" part was, she was going to tell you she's pregnant. Then after reading the rest, I thought, "How old is your girlfriend -- 8 years old?" In which case I'm really glad she's not pregnant....

But a (presumably) grown woman being into smelly little rodents? (If that description applies to you, I apologize:D ) We had a hamster for a short while -- when our daughter was about 5 years old -- and, thankfully, it ran off to hamster heaven, if that is in fact where hamsters go after they die in your garage. But I don't get it -- any "fun" you might have with the little vermin is not nearly worth the stink and the hassle you have to go through. With a dog, absolutely; with a rodent....:rolleyes:
 

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My first thought after reading the "don't get mad at me" part was, she was going to tell you she's pregnant. Then after reading the rest, I thought, "How old is your girlfriend -- 8 years old?" In which case I'm really glad she's not pregnant....

But a (presumably) grown woman being into smelly little rodents? (If that description applies to you, I apologize:D ) We had a hamster for a short while -- when our daughter was about 5 years old -- and, thankfully, it ran off to hamster heaven, if that is in fact where hamsters go after they die in your garage. But I don't get it -- any "fun" you might have with the little vermin is not nearly worth the stink and the hassle you have to go through. With a dog, absolutely; with a rodent....:rolleyes:

She's pretty much into all animals. Saw a "Sugar Flyer" at a flea market in Ohio and wanted one. Never heard of them before hand. Also wanted a skunk, parrot, turtle, greyhound, etc... She'd turn this place into a zoo if i'd let her. Right now: 2 cats and a fish tank. That's enough!

Her parents live just right down the road so we run into them alot in town.
 

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Did you consider some sort of rat trap? Close the doors, leave the trap on the floor of the car, rat smells the bait, and gets trapped.

Bad idea?
 

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I feel for you man! I did custom car audio for quite a while. Any car that you have to take the top of the dash pad off, exposing the passenger air bag, just to get the radio bezel off is just a crappy design!

I'm into animals too but rats?!? Not my idea of a cuddly pet!:skep:
 

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perfect reason to post some "rat vs. bike" pictures.
Holy lord! I didn't know that could happen... I would be pissed if I got ejected over the handlebars AND then had to try to fish all the squirrel guts out of my caliper.
 
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