Well it's been quite a day.
I left for St. George early this morning. Kim and everyone else were planning to come down later in the day. I was making good time and I was feeling good about being a bit early. The car was running great. About three hours into the trip, the car started to lose power. Slowly, Slowly, I watched the speedometer fall until I had to pull over to the side of the road. And the car died. Smoke billowing out of the front and everything.
Though stressed, I just started to laugh. It just topped the cake. With everything going on, rolling out Family ChArtist this weekend in St. George and all sorts of other things that have happened the last couple of weeks that you wouldn't even believe, there was just nothing else to do but laugh. Perhaps it shows that we are on the right track when we run into problem after problem. Such is the life of a genealogy company.
After an hour wait, and being towed into the nearest city, the mechanic had "wonderful" news. The radiator cap was completely off and the motor was completely burned out. Apparently when Kim took the car in to have the oil changed last night, the mechanic there didn't put the radiator cap back on.
When I called Holly Hanson (Family History Expos) to tell her that I wasn't going to make it with some of the stuff she needed, she didn't hesitate. She immediately sent her wonderful husband Chris with the truck and the trailer, on a several hour trip to pick me up.
Now Holly was at the conference center organizing everything for the approximately 1500 people expected this weekend. The company that runs her website had complications this week and not only has the conference website been down the week before this conference, but all of the backups were lost and it looks like she has nothing to reconstruct from. At the very least you would have thought she would need the help of her husband this afternoon. But Holly is just that kind of person. She didn't even think twice. She just sent him off to rescue me. So I now officially nominate her for sainthood. She is already an angel.
Eventually everyone got to the conference center. Everything is set up to go and we are ready for a good night sleep. Wish us good luck. It can't get much more exciting.