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October 12, 2005

Why I Should Not Leave Work Early

Leaving early = car accident.

I didn't cause it. But I still got hit.

Actually, it wasn't all that big a deal. I was stopped at a red light behind another car, coincidentally noticing that the insurance card we have in the truck is out of date when SKREEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I looked in the rear view mirror to see another truck, with a large boat attached to its backside, skidding toward me. I was surprisingly calm and gently let up on the brake, hoping to move forward enough that I would miss being rear-ended.

No such luck.

I had just replaced my foot firmly on the brake, determined to NOT hit the car in front of me, when BAM--bumpers collided.

The driver of the other truck leaped out and ran to me, asking if I was allright. I was. He immediately started babbling about no damage, haha, we can just keep going... No dice, guy. I told him I would pull over in a nearby parking lot to inspect the damage myself.

Fortunately, we were both lucky. Neither of us were injured and both trucks appeared to have nary a scratch. I jumped up and down on my bumper a few times to confirm that it was still firmly attached and told the guy that all was well. He repeated several times, "Wow--it was just like driving on ice! That boat is a lot heavier than I expected!"

I told him to stop sooner and be more careful on the newly rain moistened asphalt. I spent plenty of time driving a horse trailer around and know the value of paying extra attention and using properly adjusted trailer brakes.

Lets hope this won't come back to bite me in the ass a few weeks from now.

Posted by Ensie at October 12, 2005 05:22 PM

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Oh I'd have made him sweat -- a lot. I was hit from behind while stopped at a light once and later that evening I got neck pain and ended up being treated for whiplash. If he can afford a boat, he can afford the drops of sweat. ;)

I'm very glad you're okay. I thought of you tonight at the local BH&WP.

Posted by: eden at October 12, 2005 08:38 PM

that'll teach you to leave work early ;)

-- Jen

Posted by: Jen at October 12, 2005 09:21 PM

Agh!! Sickness and car accidents?? Poor girl. I'm glad you and truck are ok! I hope your sickness is gone, too!

Posted by: Violet at October 13, 2005 06:33 AM

Wow, Ensie, glad you're all right, darlin'. What a lousy week it's been for you, huh? Feel better!

Posted by: Mediocre Fred at October 13, 2005 02:19 PM

Thank you everyone. :) I'm feeling a little better in the cold department. I managed to stick it out for the full day today and *magic* no car accident on the way home!

Posted by: ensie at October 13, 2005 05:30 PM

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