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crash [Apr. 11th, 2006|01:32 am]
Roy Janik
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First off, I'm fine, the car is fine, and there were no repurcussions for me. That being said...

So I was driving back to the Moonbase from dropping Kaci and Phil off. I was just about home, around where 360 South merges into 71, when my car stalled out. I was still coasting, though, so I put on my flashers and coasted for a bit. Eventually I pulled off to the curb. It was then I figured out that I was probably out of gas. I had noticed it was low before, but had forgotten about that on the way home. I started the car again, leaving the flashers on and started towards the S. 1st exit. The car stalled again almost immediately, but it was a downhill slope by this point, so I kept going.

Unfortunately, this car behind me didn't notice my flashers and came up on me fast. He eventually figured it out, slammed on his brakes, and was hit from behind. He spun out of control and went all over the damn place, comining insanely close to slamming into me. He was hit by another car, I think. My car didn't get hit, so I coasted off to the side, stopped, and ran back up to see if everyone was okay. One lady had a bloody nose, and the driver of the car behind me had a sore arm, but other than that the people were fine.

The guy who had been behind me didn't even remember what happened. He didn't remember my car, its flashers, or braking. He only remembered getting slammed from behind. I've been there. The last accident I was in, I couldn't remember any details of the few seconds preceding it. I think such a traumatic event just wipes your short-term memory.

The cops, an ambulence, a tow truck, and 2 firetrucks showed up in short order. The cops talked to me briefly, but once it was determined that I wasn't in the accident, they told me to hang tight.

The guy from the spinning car's wife showed up and talked to me for a bit, and seems pleased that I stopped at all. She was chatty and conversational.

At some point the formerly spinning car caught fire and smoke started billowing out for a bit. This distracted the firemen and cops for a while as they pulled burning things out of the car.

Finally a cop talked to me and said "We don't really need you," and the guy's wife said "But I thought it was real nice that he stopped." The cop said "Yes, it was. Go see if your car starts, and if it doesn't, we'll see about helping."

I started my car, and limped to the nearest gas station. They never took my name, my license plate, or anything.

I know it wasn't really my fault. The guy behind me clearly wasn't paying enough attention. But I still feel bad. Three cars hosed and some possible injuries that wouldn't have happened had I remembered to get gas.

Plus there's the fact that if any minor factors had changed, I could have wound up in the accident myself, or someone could have wound up severely injured as a result.

I feel strange.
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[User Picture]From: tomtomtomtomtom
2006-04-11 06:45 am (UTC)
I think that's how all accidents feel: a wild convergence of many factors that in all good probability should not have happened. Glad to hear it didn't turn out as badly as it could have.
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[User Picture]From: yiddishsoul
2006-04-11 07:04 am (UTC)
It's done. No one got too badly injured, your car was fine, everything's under control. You not having enough gas doesn't mean you did anything horrible. No reason to feel bad for the random convergence of factors that led to this.

The fact that you DO feel bad, though, speaks well of your character. So at least take that much away from the experience.
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[User Picture]From: chris2342
2006-04-11 08:10 am (UTC)
I've found that whenever life throws something unexpected at you, everything seems off kilter. Like being a mere character in a script in a weird sort of way. The ego seperates off briefly and you find yourself thinking about your role in life differently. Oh well. I always try to eat some peanut butter to get me back to my regular centrism. Works for me.
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[User Picture]From: yiddishsoul
2006-04-11 09:44 am (UTC)
Peanut butter IS full of nutrients, after all.
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[User Picture]From: chris2342
2006-04-11 06:09 pm (UTC)
It could be full of dead aliens and it wouldn't matter to me as long as it keeps up tasting so good. Oh god, I just...i need to go to the bathroom...
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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2006-04-11 03:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Off-kilter is a good way of describing it. I was standing off the side of the highway, and feeling... nothing, really. It wasn't shock. I was trying to feel guilty, or panicky or something. But mainly, I was just standing there and waiting for what happened next.
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[User Picture]From: kbadr
2006-04-11 01:42 pm (UTC)
Jesus, man. Roy is hereby prohibited from driving past 1am.

Glad you're alright, though.
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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2006-04-11 01:45 pm (UTC)
No, no. This time it was before 1 AM, and I was wide awake. It was just the gas thing.
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[User Picture]From: fiercecupcake
2006-04-11 02:14 pm (UTC)
Roy is hereby prohibited from driving without gas.
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[User Picture]From: tomtomtomtomtom
2006-04-11 02:31 pm (UTC)
BUT MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM
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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2006-04-11 03:49 pm (UTC)
done.
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[User Picture]From: nekomouser
2006-04-11 03:00 pm (UTC)
Survivor's Guilt. It's common after this sort of thing. It's like watching your buddy take one from Charlie in the jungles of 'nam and afterwards you feel guilty and you think, "why not me? It could have been me?" Well next time it could be you, so you should take out any Vietnamese person you can on first sight, just to be safe. They are a little slow on the stick side and they have a genetic weakness for Wayne Newton music, so if you can sneak up behind them on the right and croon Danke Schoen, you should get close enough to snap their neck at the 4th lumbar before they react.
It's a metaphor.

They never took my name, my license plate, or anything.
Did they scan you chip implant, even? Man, those cops really are getting lazy out there!

Life turns in a heartbeat sometimes. Glad you are OK.
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[User Picture]From: flounderphil
2006-04-11 03:01 pm (UTC)
oh great, now i feel like it's my fault, you would've had gas if you hadn't have driven me home. Which makes it Wes's fault (he usually would've given me a ride) for having Sicks rehearsal. Which makes it the Sicks fault.

whew...that was easy. We're all out of the clear Roy. This is all the fault of sketch comedy, we have no say in that.
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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2006-04-11 03:49 pm (UTC)
Curse you, The Sicks!
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[User Picture]From: vyvyanbasterd
2006-04-11 04:01 pm (UTC)
That whole area is cursed. I got rear-ended last year at the intersection of 35 and 71, while yielding to the 71 traffic. Glad nobody was seriously hurt.
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[User Picture]From: bellatrixamici
2006-04-11 04:02 pm (UTC)
Oh my.
This is the kind of accident I always worry you'll get into someday, except with more disasterous results (and before I told myself I was being irrational).
I'm really glad you and the others involved are OK.

Walk it off, sport.

Oh, and maybe I should remind you to get gas more...except from that Valero place...never from Valero.
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From: deroosisonfire
2006-04-11 05:24 pm (UTC)
so glad you're ok!
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[User Picture]From: nconstruct
2006-04-11 08:46 pm (UTC)
Better feeling strange than dead. The nonlethal wakeup calls are the best.
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[User Picture]From: jzf_k
2006-04-11 10:55 pm (UTC)
This is what happens when a rapper wishes some ho would crash into a ditch and forgets to say "just kidding"
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[User Picture]From: cha_chee
2006-04-12 02:37 am (UTC)

Driving is dangerous

Yeah, I'm sure you'll be shaken up for a while.

For the next month or so, I would suggest drinking heavily before driving, to take the edge off it.
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[User Picture]From: avalonsmorgaine
2006-04-12 03:10 am (UTC)
I'm glad you're ok. I'm sorry it happened.
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[User Picture]From: nekomouser
2006-04-12 03:55 am (UTC)
Is that the painting I saw on the wall at the Hideout or somewhere else locally recently?
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[User Picture]From: avalonsmorgaine
2006-04-12 03:57 am (UTC)
It's the album cover to La Pistola Y El Corazon, by Los Lobos. Maybe it was at the hideout. I'm not sure...
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[User Picture]From: kbadr
2006-04-12 05:21 am (UTC)
You saw it at...shit...I was there. I saw it too.

Where have we been together....

Ah! Ruby's!
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[User Picture]From: nekomouser
2006-04-12 06:00 am (UTC)
Yes!
Ahhhhh, Los Lobos, your BBQ is delicious.
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[User Picture]From: timthemagiccow
2006-04-13 02:38 am (UTC)
glad you're ok. The one time I ran out of gas was in the middle of nowhere, on the road to galveston.
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[User Picture]From: ripresa
2006-04-13 07:05 am (UTC)
i'm glad you're okay!! Hopefully the minor injuries on the other folks heal okay too.
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