Don't feel bad. I failed my first driving test because I parallel parked the car in some grass. The car was still parallel to the curb, it was just straddling it as well. I don't know what his problem was.
Anyhoot, I have bad service on my cell at home but I wanted to read this so bad that I wandered around my house for over half an hour trying to find a good spot to get this chapter to load. That's how much I love this story.
And, you make me homesick. Nothing good happens in North Carolina. Which is what I used to say about Chicago. Funny how that works.