It has been a busy and unusual last couple of days (well four days really).
To start with on Monday I was a little under the weather but went to work where I spent most the day plodding along and getting things done, but not really feeling like I was there.
Monday night I had a shift at my volunteer work – a peer counselling hotline – it was a great night, had some good calls that ended well and two from people who wanted to help the service (always makes me feel good). So I left there feeling quite good and proud of myself.
Not a kilometre away I was approaching a stop sign, there was a car in front of me, he increased his speed and looked to be going round the corner. Me thinking he had gone, but watching for traffic coming was rolling forward towards the stop line, only to feel a bump and scraping. When I looked forward I found that the car had in fact NOT gone around the bend of the stop sign but was now part of my car!
I backed up, put the hazards on and got out of the car, expecting not a good reception given that the accident was indeed my fault. The other guy jumped out of his car… I said “Man, I’m so sorry, I don’t know what he was thinking. Is your car alright?” To which he replied “I don’t care about the car, are YOU alright.”
Investigation of the vehicles showed his ute had no real damage at all, I on the other hand, who had taken the Laser found that the laser had gone a little way under the tray and had achieved a good scraping to the bumper and the lip of the bonnet. “Crap” I thought.
After a couple of minutes of me profusely apologising and the other guy trying to say it didn’t matter we parted company. Me much relieved. It is worth note that the two major scrapes the poor little Laser has received are my fault. And yet I probably drive it around 2% of the time. Had I been in the Jeep that night (as I usually would be), I doubt any damage would have been sustained because the flat front of the Jeep would not have gone under the tray.
I thank the universe that the guy I hit was who he was. Had it been ANYONE else in any other type of car I might not have faired so well when it came to talking face to face. So Mr Toyota driver… while you may never see this I thank you wholeheartedly.
Other than that my week has been a little stressed with work outside of work. For reasons which may become apparent in the future, I’m not really dealing with stress very well. And the people I am building a site for have just come back with some changes that would mean re jigging the whole site. Thankfully David was on-hand to assist in scripting my reply. I was ready to advise them I was done. But maybe I walk away from things too easily?
Add to this the fact that I was sick on Tuesday, and had to reply to an email from my manager on Wednesday about why our site does this and doesn’t do this etc. etc. (most of which we have discussed before) and you’ll see to-date, it has not been a great week.
Here’s hoping Thursday is a little kinder. On a good note, I have a LONG weekend coming up. YAY.
Dont worry about the accident. I did the same thing many moons ago when a young P plate girl had plenty of room to go from the give way sign. Me thinking a 747 could have gone was watching the on coming traffic as I pulled out only to discover she hadn’t shared my 747 opinion. I did alot more damage to both cars than it appears you have!
I sure hope next week is better, oh yeah it will be… only 3 days at work.
Awww bugger, poor laser, but at least everyone is ok, and walked away intact.
Nothing like a nice person to bang into.
Chin up sunshine, I’m sending you happy thoughts!
Do you NOT read your insurance policy! One of your responsibilities to the insurer is… NEVER admit liability, even if it is blatantly obvious. It’s amazing how many stories i’ve heard of people being super super nice at the accident scene only to turn psychotic and change the story afterwards. Lucky you hit a nice guy and the damage was minimal.
I had a similar experience (seems to run in the family) in the pulsar, I pulled in front of a car and was hit HARD… the other young bloke was nice and undamaged, mine was a banged up bumper but later revealed my steering rod had almost snapped.. It may have been worth lodging a claim after all!
Drive the jeep jeep.. or better still… watch the road ahead :o)
Thanks little Sister for your sage advice. Eye’s forward is my new motto :P