Crowz Nest

Because it's time... as it was once before.

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I'm a bit old to be starting out in life again, but that's where I am. Sadly. Or gladly. It's where I am. Come along. Watch the fun. Inch by inch, row by row, gonna make this garden grow.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Not amused.

This morning at 6:15, in the dark, on the road to work, I came over a hill to discover a herd of deer standing in the road, maybe 50 feet ahead (but who knows? I'm really bad a estimating distances.) I wasn't going that fast, having just left a 25 mph zone and entered a 40 mph zone, and my anti-lock brakes didn't even have to engage. Just as I realized I wouldn't hit the deer, just as they began to clear off the road, I got hit from behind. HARD. I must have had my foot off the brake, because the car was simply launched forward, and my sole task was to hold the wheel straight and stay on the road.

I traveled maybe 20 yards before I could pull over. I took a quick inventory of my body parts, and started breathing again. I grabbed my cell phone and got out of the car while dialling 911. I walked back to the car that hit me, and that's when the shock hit. The guy had TOTALLED his car - the hood was crumpled back to the windshield, and there was smoke and dust and car parts all over. He confronted me - "Why did you slam on your brakes?" I said "There were deer standing in the street." He said, "Welll, you should have seen them while they were on the side of the road." I didn't counter. They were right in the middle of the street as I crested the hill. I just asked him if he was ok, he said he thought so, and I went back to sit in my truck and practice deep breathing until the cops came.

My poor car. :( I thought I'd head to work, but when I tried to drive away, my car protested loudly. The cops looked it over, and among them decided that if I didn't blow the engine from back pressure caused by the kink in my exhaust system, I'd be lucky. So one of them escorted me home. Forty minutes later my phone calls to my insurance company were done, and ten minutes after that, the wrecker arrived and towed my car to my favorite garage.

I have a Kia mini-van rental. And a pile of paper work a'comin', I'm sure. But I'm ok, and the dogs weren't in the car, thank you God - the tail gate was sufficiently damaged that the crate that was folded up in the back of the car was damaged and my Crowie would have been back there if they'd been with me. I'm sore and stiff, but haven't felt the need to go to the ER for it. Inconvenience and annoyance. Just stuff. My Toyota and my angels protected me today, I think. And now, a dear friend is bringing me dinner - just 'cause. So, while I'm not amused, I'm thankful. Things could have been much worse.


Blogger Rebecca Hickman: said...

Oh dear. I hope you feel better soon.

5:16 PM  
Blogger Genny said...

I was almost hit from behind yesterday when I braked for a car turning in front of me. The car behind me slid to the side, honked loudly and then began waving her arms around. Uh, hello, most people stop when there is an immovable object in front of them on the road. I didn't have to contend with the unpredictability of deer. I'm so glad that you're all right, and I hope they can fix your car soon.

5:57 PM  
Blogger Robin's Reports said...

((((Oh Ginny))))

Many gentle virtual hugs and prayers will be said for you (& the other guy) tonight. I'm so sorry all this happened. I am so very glad that the dogs weren't traveling with you and harmed too. That has always been a big fear of mine whenever we had dogs travel with us. I had a friend in college who's show dog died in a car accident, another friend who's dog was thrown from wreckage and wandered off a short while. Not good for anybody.

May you & your car be well soon.

11:00 PM  
Blogger sibtigre2 said...

And we are thankful as well! I'm glad you were okay, that the dogs were not in the car, that your car is not totaled and that your friend is bringing you dinner. Hopefully the guy has now learned to pay attention to what is going on in front of him.

11:50 PM  
Blogger dephal said...

My goodness! I'm so sorry. But I am very relieved nobody was hurt!

You know, if you were to email me your snail address, a wonky bowl could be on its way to you as a consolation....

3:40 PM  
Blogger flyingfish3 said...

Oh MAN! So sorry! And I love the fact that the first thing out of his mouth was to blame you! Did HE see the deer in front of you? Apparently not. Sounds like he was speeding anyway. Sorry! Like you said, at least the dogs weren't with you!

8:58 AM  
Anonymous catslave said...

Glad you were in a suv, anything smaller might have been totalled. and you might be hurt more. reiki on its way.

9:58 AM  
Blogger jmk said...

Oh my! I am so sorry to hear about your car. Thanks goodness that you weren't badly hurt. I hope that you are feeling better now.

I'm glad to hear that you used deep breathing rather than other alternatives that come to mind regarding the other driver.

12:51 PM  
Blogger Knatolee said...

The obvious response to the moron who hit you would be, "Why didn't you see ME stopped in the road?"Don't get me started.

ANyway, I'm grateful you are okay, and now it looks like your vehicle will be okay too! And no deer schmucked either.

That guy who hits you needs to learn to look further ahead when he's driving... ass.

7:52 AM  

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