December, why do you hate me?
I was in a minor car accident today. I’ve never been in a real one before. Once, a policeman backed into my mom’s BMW as we sat at a stop sign, and then when I was 8 months pregnant Mr. T hit a curb with our Odyssey, blew out the tire and damaged the rim.
But today, I was the driver, giving my co-worker a lift home in the minivan. We were chatting, going the speed limit in the right lane on a street not far from the office. The left lane tends to back up because people are waiting to get on the nearby highway. The right lane is always free and clear. Well, someone in the left lane left some space in front of his car in order to let a man going in the opposite direction turn left across our two lanes so he could get into a parking lot.
That’s illegal, folks. For a reason.
Obviously, I couldn’t see this guy as he turned his maroon Dodge Dakota through the backed-up left lane of traffic and entered my path.
All of a sudden there was a truck in front of me and I hit the brakes (the very ones I had to pay $220 to get un-frozen just yesterday). But because it is so cold, the Odyssey just skated forward. We slowed but couldn’t stop, and I think I said out loud, “We’re going to hit him,” in a defeated sort of voice. I can’t remember if I just thought that or if I actually said it.
The Dakota’s radiator burst. The front of the van is punched in, but I think/hope it’s just cosmetic. Otherwise, everyone and everything was mostly okay. We both pulled into the parking lot and I called for a police officer, who arrive promptly and was very nice. Luckily, the man who owned the other car also was very nice and admitted it was his fault. He’s a responsible person with insurance, thank goodness. And, get this, he works for AAA, which we had a little chuckle about.
But, thank you, Lord. Thank you for letting it be something so minor. Yes, it’s annoying. Yes, I’m bothered that the list of things I had saved for tomorrow will probably not get done. But everyone was okay. And I was even able to drive the minivan home and pick up T Junior. But, my co-worker thinks my van is cursed.
I am a little sore this evening. I think mostly from tensing up when I realized I was going to smash into the side of some guy’s truck. The only body part I’m worried about is my back. I really don’t want to go back to Square One with the herniated disc problem. Hopefully, it healed enough over the past few months that this incident wasn’t jarring enough to reinjure it.
Things have so not gone as planned this week!
But, before I go take some more Ibuprofin, I have some Thank Yous!
I want to give a big THANK YOU and a HUG to Robin from Running Circles Around Turtles for donating to my goal for the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis. It was so generous of you! I know times are tight for a lot of people, so it means a lot!
Thank you and WELCOME new Virtual Running Buddies! I hope to check out everybody’s latest posts soon. I’m having some difficulty with blog-life-run balance (again), so bare with me.
Stay safe, everyone, whether you are driving down the road or running on it!
Very glad that you are ok! Take care of that back, though. Perhaps an exorcism is in the cards for that van of yours? 🙂
Hope your back is OK. Take it easy just to be sure … personally, I think minivans are EVIL!! Maybe you should dump it for a cute crossover …
Yikes! Glad you're ok and that it wasn't more serious! Try to have a great weekend…
Glad you are all right & hopefully your back is okay. Between T Junior being sick, van troubles & cold weather your December has nowhere to go but up! Hopefully the last half of the month is smooth sailing…
There's an intersection near my house that is prone to cause accidents and I got hit earlier this year, not bad and nothing compared to your accident, but I can understand that frustration you must be going through because some idiot made a decision that ultimately totaled your van. Luckily you were okay, which is the most important thing.Does this accident mean no race on Sunday? It's probably the least of your concerns, I know, but just wondering if you would be ready to participate nonetheless.
so glad you're okay! scary. super scary! hope your back is okay!
Thank heavens you're ok! I've seen exactly that happen too many times! Do your best to rest and relax over the weekend.
Oh my, December is turning out to be a not so nice month. I'm glad you are okay and that the van received only minimal damage. What a hassle though to have to deal with THAT at this time of year, although I suppose there never is a good time for that. Take care, hope the back is ok.
Thank goodness everyone's okay for the most part!