The absent minded professor has very little on me …

Posted By on November 11, 2011

After a couple of busy days traveling, last night found me swapping cars and scrabbling to get back to Cincinnati. Unfortunately in the confusion, I left behind my computer bag … it goes something like this:

  • 8AM – text my daughter that we need to return the rental car by 5:17PM and head to Marysville to pick up her VW TDI (repair and a full timing belt change)
  • No reply as she is on rounds in the hospital
  • NOON – send another text and an email while eating lunch thinking she might check her text and email while she has lunch
  • No reply … no time to check her phone
  • 5PM – call her phone and then text one of her friends to find out when she might be getting off work? (6:30 – 7PM was the answer) UGH.
  • 5:15PM – returned the car and waited until they closed at 6PM. Called Jon to let him know I would be late to pick up the car. He was heading out but his wife would be around … whew. Thanks.
  • 6PM – called a taxi and unloaded all my stuff including my suitcase, cooler, tool bag, books, phone holder, wires, etc that I put in the rental car …
  • 6:30PM – paid the fare and haul all my junk up three floors to my daughter’s apartment … thankfully I had the key.
  • 7PM – My daughter called and says “Hi, how are you doing? I’m just getting out of work. What’s the plan?”
  • 7:15PM – She picks me up, I load all my stuff into my Honda Pilot and we head off to get her car in Marysville.
  • twitpic1111118ish … we pick up her car and she heads for Columbus and I head for Cincinnati.
  • 10PM – I pick up my wife at her sisters, eat some late dinner and we drive the 45 minutes home.
  • 11PM – While unloading the car I realize I’m missing my computer bag. In a panic I call the cab company and have my daughter check her apartment but KNOW that I left it in the backseat of the rental car. Good grief … what a doofus!
  • 5:30AM – off I go to Columbus and arrive at the rental car office as they open …and thankful find my computer bag. Whew. I’m tired but glad … I’m backing up my computer this weekend.


  • What was the cause of the no start?  In the back of my head I’m thinking bad starter or starter wire.. curious minds want to know!

    • Starter cranked no problem so I suspected fuel or anti-shutter.
      After replacing the fuel filter and only manual refilling (no vacuum device) I was unable to start. Jon ran diesel purge through the injector pump thinking it might have an air lock or contamination (water). After that it pull fuel from the filter and injected just fine. I’m thinking it could have been contaminated fuel … or possibly an air leak at the tee fitting (although doubtful). Very possible it was fuel since another Columbus car had an injector pump issue that same day or so.

Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.