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nothing ordinary about my night

23 January, 2008

Let me preface this by saying I’m fine. 

On Monday, I stayed home sick from work. I am out of vacation/sick time, so that means that the day was unpaid. Working with my supervisor, I came up with a schedule for the week that helped me to make up six and a half of the eight missed hours. Part of that schedule involved working until after six last night, instead of five. So that’s where the unusual part of my schedule began.

  1. First, I worked until 6:10.
  2. I left work and headed out to grab a bite to eat. I went to Quiznos and tried their new little sammies. I almost got them to go to eat at the school, but I decided to stay there instead. The sammies are yummy, by the way.
  3. From there, I went down to the main post office and mailed a couple of things.
  4. Next I headed to the school. The lot where I normally park was jammed full, and the streets around the building were full. So I pulled into a small church parking lot where I pretty much never park.
  5. I went inside the building and studied for my Spanish test. I went to class, the professor went through a few things, and then we took the test. I got done over an hour early.
  6. I walked out to my car with Libby, who usually parks in that lot. I got into my car, backed out of my space, and turned right onto E 9th. Instead of following Libby and going straight, I thought I’d go put gas in my car. So, I slowed down to make a left turn onto Grandview Avenue, only about a half a block from where I’d pulled out of the parking lot.

And this is where the story isn’t much fun. Not that it’s been particularly interesting all along, or anything.

There were three cars approaching from the opposite direction as I waited to turn. The first two were right together, and they were going the speed limit, maybe even less. The third car was a block or so away, and I thought I had room to turn. I swear that it felt like the guy floored it, and he was at the very least already speeding. It’s difficult to judge in the dark, but all of the sudden he was RIGHT THERE. I almost made it, but he slammed into the back of my car and spun me around.

I missed two telephone poles, somehow. (Thankfully.)

So, I’m fine now, but it’s so frustrating. When we were exchanging information, he kept acting funny. Well, come to find out the car wasn’t his. It was his buddies car, who is supposedly in Thailand. Getting married. The guy has an 87 Volvo. I’m not entirely sure I believe the story. And of course, there was no insurance information in the car.

Anyway, I swear I smelled alcohol on they guy’s breath. It was like cinammon schnapps or something, and I told the cops that. After they filled out everything they needed, they told me I was free to go, but they told him they still needed to talk to him. I have no idea what happened after that, but I can say the guy isn’t in jail this morning according to the lovely internets.


I had a hard time getting ahold of anyone, but Libby was on her way to pick me up when my father in law called to say he was on his way. I’m lucky that I have good friends…I called and told her never mind and we laughed a second. She had just pulled out, so she turned around and went back. Gene came to my rescue, again. He gave me a big hug and took charge. Which was really nice, actually.

So, now I have to get my car fixed and pay my $500 deductible. And I have to have it towed, because when my father in law drove it to his house last night, he couldn’t go over 15 miles per hour without the car wanting to try to spin itself out. Joy. I hope my insurance covers rental cars because the free rental cars provided by the place where I’m getting it fixed are Ford Escorts. Also known as not so great on wintery roads.

So a complete chain of events, a series of decisions led to me being in exactly that spot at exactly that moment. I wish I’d done something differently.

I’m going to leave you with a picture of my poor car…

Now I’m off to start making phone calls. Insurance company, body shop, and so on. I seriously hate being a grown up sometimes.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. 23 January, 2008 9:54 am

    Damn girl! I’m glad you’re okay though!

  2. Josh permalink
    23 January, 2008 10:06 am

    It’s very fortunate that you’re okay! Sorry you had a rough day on the nation’s most important holiday.

  3. 23 January, 2008 10:31 am

    Thanks Colsy!

    Josh, of course… I hope your day was better than mine.

  4. libby permalink
    23 January, 2008 12:39 pm

    I’m glad your okay. I know how sucky it is to have to deal with repairs and everything. What a pain. Let me know if you need a ride or anything.

  5. Llama Momma permalink
    23 January, 2008 12:43 pm

    Oh my llama!! I’m so glad you are okay. Why didn’t that guy slow down!! Let me know if there is anything I can do for you!!

  6. Josh permalink
    23 January, 2008 12:45 pm

    It was okay.. So yes, much better.

  7. 23 January, 2008 12:46 pm

    Libby and Llama: Thanks, I will.

  8. Amber/Daydreamer permalink
    23 January, 2008 1:37 pm

    That sucks so hard Liss! I am so sorry that on top of everything you have to do, you have to add this to your list. I am soooooo glad however that you are okay and were not hurt. I hope your insurance company treats you well. *BIG HUGS*

  9. 23 January, 2008 2:01 pm

    Thanks Amber. I hope so, too…but I’m not holding my breath.

  10. aunt tine permalink
    23 January, 2008 2:45 pm

    Wow…I’ve been there, and while it’s definitely not fun, the most important thing is that you’re okay. Sorry about your ordeal, and the upcoming headaches. Hope it all goes smoothly for you. Take care of you! Love you!

  11. 23 January, 2008 3:07 pm

    Aunt Tine: Love you too, and thanks.

  12. 23 January, 2008 8:30 pm

    Awwww!! 😦 I’m just glad you’re ok!!!

  13. 24 January, 2008 9:29 am

    Thanks Poppy.

  14. 24 January, 2008 7:57 pm

    I’m very glad to know you’re in one piece, despite the circumstances!

  15. 25 January, 2008 9:18 am

    Me too, Crimson. Me too.

  16. Joe Di permalink
    21 March, 2008 7:12 pm

    Oh! Great job!
    Very interesting and useful post.
    Thx, your blog in my RSS reader now
    We’ll expect many new interesting posts from you 😉

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