I'm going to head out this Sunday a.m. for home. I appreciate the enormous generousity so many forum members have poured out in excellent advice and "maybe-check-this" pointers on my 220D's brake "blow-out".
I didn't understand the alternator/battery information but, I believe, if I get the car jumped off then, if I don't turn it off, it will "diesel-on" home. I think I'm going to love diesels -- it may not be this exact car though unfortunately.
Again, thanks everyone for sharing... and if you think about it Sunday, please pray that I'll have a safe trip home.