The Day Jai Managed to Achieve the One-Driver
I Love Lucy
One warm day, early in our marriage, I walked to Carnegie Mellon and Jai was at home. I remember this because that particular day became famous in our household as "The Day Jai Managed to Achieve the One-Driver, Two-Car Collision." Our minivan was in the garage and my Volkswagen convertible was in the driveway. Jai pulled out the minivan without realizing the other car was in the way. The result: an instantaneous crunch, boom, bam! What followed just proves that at times we're all living in an I Love Lucy episode. Jai spent the entire day obsessing over how to explain everything to Ricky when got home from Club Babalu. She thought it best to create the perfect circumstances to break the news. She made sure both cars were in the garage with the garage door closed. She was more sweet than usual when I arrived home, asking me all about my day. She put on soft music. She made me my favorite meal. She wasn't wearing a negligee – I wasn't that lucky – but she did her best to be the perfect, loving partner. Toward the end of our terrific dinner she said, "Randy, I have something to tell you. I hit one car with the other car." I asked her how it happened. I had her describe the damage. She said the convertible got the worst of it, but both cars were running fine. "Want to go in the garage and look at them?" she asked. "No," I said. "Let's just finish dinner."