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February 13th, 2007

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11:06 am - I hurt one of my babies today
I'd say I felt like working from home today, and that should have been a sign that I shouldn't have tried to go in... but I feel like that many days. But plenty of other people at work have been sending out notice that they are working from home, due to the storm.

But I'm a good bad-weather driver with a good bad-weather car. Plenty of people are commuting successfully.

My good bad-weather car failed me.

I was driving down an open road, going slowly. There is a slight downhill slope from Dallas St toward the intersection with Forbes Ave. There is a stoplight at that intersection, because Forbes is big and fast. At that stoplight were two cars in the two lanes in my direction. I was going less than 20 mph, but as I went down the slope (about 300yds from the cars) I started to slow down. Brakes had no effect... brakes had little effect... emergency brake had no effect.

Anyone who has been in an accident or a near accident experience is familiar with the temporal effects -- things slow down. Imagine, now, my state of slowly gliding into the cars in front of me, which I couldn't avoid. It probably took 45-60 real seconds -- so about 15 minutes in headspace. Until the light itself, the road is two lanes wide -- not wide enough to do a 180, as Sarah might remember I'm OK with performing. I just had to sit there, working the brakes and the wheel, and try to gracefully slide into the cars in front.

Loss of passenger headlight. The aluminum hood crumpled as expected. The front digs into the road a bit. The engine -- or one of the secondary belt systems -- makes occasional revving. Otherwise, operational. Flawed, and my baby will never be as pretty as she was. But there were no injuries.

Now the joys of claims and an insurance policy that loses its good driver flag. Lovely.

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Date:February 13th, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, I am sorry to hear about that. I am glad that no one was hurt but I empathize with what you are going through *hug*
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Date:February 13th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
that sucks. Actually though, when this teenage girl ran a red and tore the bumper off my car and messed up the hood, it ended up looking better than before the accident since I had all new body panels on the front, which were free from the little chips from rocks, etc. Just find a good body shop and make sure you get all new parts, and replace anything that was damaged. Don't settle for reconditioning shit.

Time to get snow tires though.
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Date:February 14th, 2007 01:57 am (UTC)
Thanks for the reassurance. I agree about the tires.
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Date:February 13th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
that sounds horrifying but at least no one was hurt.
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Date:February 13th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
poor bro bro!! i'm glad no one was hurt! of course the way i found out was an email from dad in which he wrote in the ps "I spoke with Dan and he is handling the car accident well." yeah, there's a good way to get me to freak out, so dad responds "check livejournal." i hope that's not how he found out...

but hey, now we have matching front bumpers (i still have grandpa's big dent on mine) ...aren't we cute?
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Date:February 13th, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC)

check your spam filter

You were addressed on the email I sent them... Don't blame me!
Date:February 14th, 2007 02:37 am (UTC)
That sucks. Glad you're OK.
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Date:February 15th, 2007 07:17 am (UTC)
I understand as I was in a similar accident. I'm glad you're all right!

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