I don't really like The Simpsons. I must admit, that I've never watched a full episode, but I'm definitely turned off by the attitudes of the characters and the disrespectful way in which they portray others. However, even in my limited knowledge of The Simpsons, I am all too familiar with the sound that Homer makes when he has done something stupid. If you've heard it, you know what I'm talking about. If you haven't, let's just say it's a form of the word "Duh", but pronounced more like, "Doh". Today, I had a "Doh" moment.
When I left work tonight, freezing rain was falling and had coated all the cars with a hard shell of ice. My Chevy Lumina has a major design flaw in that when it's cold and icy, the doors get moisture in them and freeze shut. Luckily for me, I was able to get my driver door opened, but the other three doors were frozen tight. I threw my laptop bag and purse into the front passenger seat and took off, hoping the doors would thaw before I had to get my son and put him in the back seat.
I met the babysitter at a hamburger joint that shall remain nameless, lest you get the idea that I regularly feed my son Happy Meals for dinner. Anyway, we were both running errands, so we met, ate burgers, and transfered kids. Afterward we went out to the car and I unlocked my door, hoping it wasn't frozen. I tried to open the back door for my son and it wouldn't budge. I tried the other back door. Nothing. I tried the front passenger door. Stuck tight. I climbed inside the car and tried pushing any of the three doors open from the inside. No luck at all, so I made my son remove his snow boots, climb over my seat, put his boots back on and buckle in. We had two more stops before home, but I figured that the doors would thaw while we drove. This whole scenario took several minutes.
I decided to try the front passenger door one more time and it was as I gave it one last shove that I noticed that the lock switch on the door was pointing at "locked". In my haste, I had unlocked my own door, but not any of the others.