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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Shadow Comments: Hillary + Crash

Thanks to dad emailing everybody whenever I make a decent post, people have made a number of "shadow comments" with the relative secrecy of the email.

Aunt Berta: If she would let us see it, how well endowed would Hillary be?

Given her support for war (Strong on Defense TOO), opposition to video-game violence and preaching of "very old-fashioned ideas"...



(psst: she's a girl)

Uncle David: Craig enough liberal crap! We want hear about how you totalled your mom's car!
Well, lets see. I live here. I was taking my friends to the beach (all survived) in Antibes until about here (there was multiple lanes):



At this point we got bumped by a truck...



...on the back-end of the left-side and were "hooked" for a few seconds (his is the red paint):


This made my car's back end get pushed towards the right, turning the car 90 degrees and ending up smack in front of him. We were hit there and pushed along for a distance doing the most damage:


We made our way across his front until our back end was pushed by him making us do a 180 while crossing lanes in the opposite direction and crashing tail-first in a blue fence (hence the paint).



The cops came about 45 min later. They made sure everyone was OK and took our details. The driver was Portuguese, and that was the first thing he pointed out to the cops (fair enough).



He had rotten teeth and slick greasy hair combed back. The cops quickly left and told us to sort ourselves out. He didn't like my version of events (couldn't even agree on which part of my car got hit first) so he left within a few minutes.

The car was still drivable... though the driver's door could not be locked or open from the outside. And the car made funny noises whenever there was more than 2 people in it. But, that wasn't good enough and according to the insurance company it was cheaper to get a new car than fix it (and it wasn't safe) so they took it and gave mom 3200 euros compensation. (I had to pay 200 of that). The insurance company couldn't assign blame to truck driver (bastards! he was clearly foreign)

So I've been without transport beyond mom's bike (and parents' generosity) for a while... and Kevin recently destroyed the bike too so now all I got is Steven's small bike. (see how long that lasts, I'll be travelling barefoot if this keeps up). But none of my friends were injured... so I guess all's well that ends well.


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4 Comments:

Blogger scott said...

Nice write-up about Julia's old car.

I think it deserved a post on its own !

Dad

6:30 AM  
Anonymous cb said...

Being drunk or stoned is always a good excuse, perhaps just admit to looking at tits and not the road would be good, but blaming it on a poor truck driver is just sad.
Better luck next time.
CB

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Uncle Jon said...

Ah, just another life experience. And those Portuguese—linguica, Vasco da Gama, Big Trucks—quite a people. Have never tangled with a Portuguese myself, but I did once intimately engage the rear end of a Italian who was discourteous enough to remain a stationary plane in light of my obvious desire to proceed in a forward direction unimpeded. No more than 5 MPH (that’s 7.5 KPH for Euro types)—no obvious damage to the car’s rear end (or hers)—but she claimed medical injury and my insurance premium doubled for three years. Alas, I was not stoned or drunk at the time of aforementioned incident, but after paying my insurance bill I was. Cut your losses and be sure to wear a helmet while cycling. And if you’re going to eat linguica while peddling, get a designated driver. And hey, if Hilary can hit the target hands free...she's definitely more of man than me.

10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush goes ballistic about other countries being evil and dangerous, because they have weapons of mass destruction. But, he insists on building up even a more deadly supply of nuclear arms right here in the US. What do you think? How does that work in a democracy again? How does being more threatening make us more likeable?Isn't
the country with the most weapons the biggest threat to the rest of the world? When one country is the biggest threat to the rest of the world, isn't that likely to be the most hated country?
What happened to us, people? When did we become such lemmings?
The more people that the government puts in jails, the safer we are told to think we are. The real terrorists are wherever they are, but they aren't living in a country with bars on the windows. We are.

9:41 PM  

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