Saturday morning, we set out to buy some groceries and decided to shop outside of Carbondale for a change of scene. Since I'm still not very confident driving on American roads, I use every opportunity I can get to drive when Nanu is around. I took the wheel and so started our ill-fated journey that day.
As I was driving, I began to feel as though I had to literally shove the brake down to the floor with all my might, to get the car to stop. I told Nanu, "I think there's something wrong with the brakes!"
"Oh c'mon, you're just saying that to get out of driving. Stop making up excuses and just DRIVE," he replied.
So I drove even though I kept thinking to myself there was something wrong with the brakes. Luckily we managed to reach Marion, a town nearby, unscathed and went grocery shopping at Sam's Club (a place we hardly ever visit by the way!). We bought loads of puppy food, kitty food, cat litter, groceries, rice and assorted knick knacks and piled it into the car.
"Let me check the brakes, since you've been complaining so much," said Nanu and took the car keys from me. A few second later, he turned to me with a horrified look on his face.
"Ohmigod! How did you even drive this car all the way here?" he asked. "The brakes don't work at all!"
I gave him my favorite "I told you so" line, while he frantically tried to figure out what was wrong with the braking system. He was simply aghast that he had allowed me (a beginning driver) to drive with failing brakes and even more upset that he had just dismissed my concerns attributing them to me wanting to get out of driving.
To end a long story short, our car is right now at Tom's place, where it’s getting a good overhaul. Tom is a Greek guy with a PhD. who gave up a corporate career to work on his first love – cars. But that’s a completely different story!
He told us the brakes will have to be replaced and it’s going to cost us anywhere between $400 and $600 depending on what he finds once he opens up the thing.
A friend of ours has generously given us his car to use, until we can get our car back from the workshop. I'm just happy and very thankful that we are alive and in good health, despite being in a car with no brakes. Man, we could have had a serious accident. That’s a scary thought.