I drove home slowly and unloaded my stuff. I'd planned to take the van over to my mechanic tomorrow morning, where he will be replacing the radiator. I decided that if I'm going to drive around like that much of a nervous nellie, I'd better do it tonight instead of during morning commute time. I also got some scissors and cut off the loose bit of belt hanging off of the main belt.
The mechanic's shop is only about a mile or so away from my apartment. As I headed out, the sound of flapping belt bits grew louder and more pieces started to come loose. "Please hold together for another five minutes," I prayed. Luckily for me, it did. I parked the van in front of the shop, dropped the keys in the night drop and walked home.
Well, if things like this are going to happen, I guess the timing was pretty good. If the universal belt is going to disintegrate, better it should happen a short distance from the shop on the night before planned service than while I'm heading up I-5 into the Siskyous on my way to Oregon!