It was on Saturday 26th April 2014, a hot day, that after driving here and there, and finally getting back to my car-port that I noticed something which smelled like burning, emanating from the bonnet/hood of my car. I put it down to the heat of the day.
I noticed the same smell on Sunday 27th after driving to Church, and then taking a 25 minute drive to a rehab hospital where I shared Communion with a fellow parishioner from St. Boniface, Siesta Key FL.
But like many or most car owners who observe possible malfunctions in their vehicles I thought "perhaps if I ignore it, this problem will go away".
An early morning trip to a nearby Supermarket this morning (Monday 28th) dis-abused me of that notion - the smell was still there.
So I decided to take my 2006 Hyundai to my local and very reliable repair shop - Sam's Auto. - so that they could diagnose the cause of this smell.
En route to Sam's I drove into the parking lot of a local shopping plaza where I decided to "pop the bonnet/hood" and get a good sniff afore I arrived at Sam's.
I saw the source and cause of the burning instantly. Three or four snails had decided that my car's engine compartment was just the place to rest/sleep/hibernate.
I had been smelling roasted snails and snail shells.
I feel sorry for these escargots, but I am happy that I do not have to "shell out" a small fortune at Sam's, (a wee pun!.)
From this time forward I will tell my friends and acquaintances that I drive a Hyundai Escargot.