I had two strange occurances today while on my route. The first was scary, crazy, and still unexplained. The second was bad then good. First, I was in a line of cars waiting to cross the railroad tracks on the main line if the LIRR. I sat there for 5 minutes as train after train went by nice and slow. I'm behind a school bus. Gates go up and we start to go. The bus stops at the tracks to look/listen and I'm right behind him driving my truck and open trailer. The bus goes across. Then I go across. Almost. My truck died in the middle of the tracks. Ding ding ding ding ding, yes, you guessed it, the gates are going down. OH SHIITE. Turn key, it starts! Hooray. But, no. I put it in Drive and the truck dies after going 1-2 feet. What the F? Look left and there comes the train from the stop about 1/3 mile down in New Hyde Park. Now I start to freak out. I turn the key and it cranks and cranks, but no start! Oh no. It turns over , I floor it, put it in D and it goes 2 more feet and dies. Luckily I was foward enough that the gate behind me didn't hit the trailer and the one in front of me was the short one so I had no gate directly in front of me. I kept having to start, shift to drive, go 2 feet, stall, put it in Park, start, go 2 feet and stall. What made it worse was after the tracks was up-hill so I couldn't roll even. I managed, thank God to get through enough, but that was scary. I still don't know what happened? 5 minutes later, after sitting towards the side of the road figuring out how to get towed w/ the tralier the truck started and drove fine all day. Anybody have any clues as to what was happening? The truck would start, run in park and N, but die in D. It was 1st trip of the day and almost the last! The second thing that happend, which alone would have been enough, was I put my cell phone in my shirt pocket after the train tracks fiasco and somewhere along the line it fell out. Sweeeet, the goes almost 200$. The good news is that I drove back later to all the leaf piles I made in the streets today with another cell phone, kept calling the leaf piles, and actually found my phone, unscathed! The leaf piles otherwise did not respond to my calls. Also, the village leaf vacuum trucks stopped for the day only two blocks away from where I found the phone in a leaf pile. Hooooray! I almost lost my truck, equipment, and cell phone today, but somehow someone up there was watching over me. I wasn't worried too much about me beacuse I could see the train coming really slow from the stop it was just at and knew I had a little time to bail out if needed. Thank you up there!