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August 12th, 2004
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Bad car-ma
Alright ... this is getting ridiculous.

Last Wednesday

Minor fender-bender while driving in to work. Pulled out from stopped line of traffic toward left-hand turn lane. SUV roars ahead of me, right out of my blind spot, and the corner of my bumper crunches right into his rear tire.

Damages: Inconsequential scrapes to his hubcap; badly scratched paint on my bumper; one broken turn signal cover (~$20). Didn't bother to mention it on my journal because, well, wasn't writing at the time, and it didn't seem all that consequential afterward.

Saturday night

Car gets egged.

Damages: As it turns out, I caught it before the egg had a chance to set in on the paint, and then washed the car again the next day; no permanent exterior harm. The steering wheel, dashboard, and inside of windshield were all plastered, and it took a good two hours of late-night scrubbing to remove the worst of it. Some probably gooped inside the ventilation system. The car still smells like omelet, and I need to go over the interior again with some proper cleaner to see if I can scrub the stains out.


On my way to work, I glance down while approaching a (green) stoplight. I look up and the light has turned yellow and the car directly in front of me has come to a stop. I slam on the brakes to no avail, and (while the light is still yellow) whack the bumper of ... wait for it ... a shiny black Mercedes-Benz with a fragile-looking, easily panicked older woman behind the wheel. Even before pulling off to the side of the road to clear out the intersection she has called 911 on her cell phone and summoned the CHP.

Damages: An hour late for work due to having to wait for cops rather than just exchange insurance information. Her car: Cosmetic damage to trunk area, which, since it's a Mercedes, is probably going to cost like $1500 and consequently raise my insurance rates. My car: A few dents I'm not going to do anything about, and a cracked cover on the headlight next to the already broken turn signal.

I have had a total of four traffic accidents (three of which were fender-benders) in my 11 years of driving. Two of them have now occurred within the last seven days. This is doing very little to ease my crankypants mood of late.

... On the other hand, I think I've figured it out. I am a gas tank and a half from 200,000 miles. Westley is sending increasingly strong messages that it plans to prevent the odometer from rolling over. "I HAVE REACHED THE END OF MY SERVICE LIFETIME! GO OUT AND BUY A BUICK!"

Current Mood: crankycrankypants
Current Music: Queen, "Under Pressure"

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Date:August 12th, 2004 08:56 am (UTC)
Damn, this sucks. Reminds me of my last accident. Just after I took my qualifying exam after the first year of hell grad school, I was driving to Santa Barbara to blow off a little steam, and I bumped a guy in rush hour traffic in Camarillo. To make a long story short, neither car was really damaged, but he made medical claims and ended up suing me. Eventually, my insurance company settled.

On a side note, why are there so many asshats in the world?

Sorry about the carma, Bax. I hope things get better sooner rather than later.
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Date:August 13th, 2004 10:26 pm (UTC)
Looks like ... (cue ominous music) ...


Seems like bad luck does tend to run in groups, and I've been tested a whole hell of a lot the last couple years. I now have my response honed down to, "Grit your teeth, put your head down, and roll with the blows until you can come up for air."

Good luck. Gimme a buzz if there's a way I can lend a hand.
Date:August 14th, 2004 10:26 pm (UTC)
So sorry to read about this.
Westley is and has been a most faithful friend and certainly did NOT deserve the negative attention it received. I apologize for the inconsiderate one who did this.
May wishes of love to you help.

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