My fiancé and I headed down to Dayton Thursday after work. We have friends in the area, so last year (my first Marauders tournament) and again this year, we decided to make a long weekend of the trip. We headed down a day early this time. I wanted to see the Wright Patterson Air Force Museum (more of that in a future entry!) and she had an audition in Columbus Friday afternoon.
Disaster struck, however, about an hour into our trip, heading south from Cleveland. It was dark and someone left their bumper stretched across the center lane of the highway. We ran right over it. The tires were OK, as was the front skirt, below the bumper. But the plastic wheel well on the passenger side, which continues up the underside of the body to the front bumper/skirt (protects the wiper fluid reservoir, etc.) was torn apart and dragging on the ground. The whel rubbed the inside/front of the wheel well liner and shredded it pretty bad. I attempted to just stuff everything in place, jamming it into the frame, out of the way & off the road, but that only held a few miles. But at least it got us closer to civilization.
At the next exit we scrounged around the gas station. I was looking for anything with which to tie up the plastic shield. They had very little. My options seemed to be dental floss, bandage tape, or buying a phone charger or set of headphones and cutting them up for the wire. I was ready to try the bandage, when the clerk suggested the Walmart down the street. In the mean time I took a knife and cut some of the dangling, shredded bits off the liner. At the Walmart we got some cable ties which did the trick and are still holding everything together today. I take the car in to look for a replacement liner tomorrow morning.
The next day I noticed that the lower body trim on the passenger side was also missing. It seems to have been held on with about 7 or 8 plastic clips, several of which are missing, many of the remaining are broken.
The thing that pisses me off is that this is my fiancé's first nice car. We bought it just a few months ago, after she graduated from college. She's been very excited about having a new car, and one that's not a POS beater. So I'm hoping I can find the body replacement cheap enough to get it taken care of in the near future. But with the holidays & our wedding coming up, we're already trying to watch our money. :/
I will talk about Friday in a future entry.
Marauders Day 1, the pre-game show
Below are photos I took Saturday morning, during the pre-tournament voting for "General's Choice." I forgot to change some of the camera settings from the day before, so a lot of the pics didn't come out as nice as I'd like. Many didn't come out well at all, so this is only a fraction of the photos.