Friday, March 21, 2008

Out of Nowhere

About 4:00pm this afternoon I got in my NEW 2008 Chevrolet Aveo to go to the post office, make a quick stop at Starbucks, and pick up my husband from work. I highlight the word NEW because in over 35 years of marriage we have never had a new car. We have paid for two children's braces, private schools, colleges and even graduate school. We have helped them when they were unemployed and without a home after the Marines. They had cars, nice clothes, new laptops and numerous other luxury items and we were happy to provide them. But...we never had a new car. In November, after giving our son our dependable used car and taking his piece of metal that he called a vehicle, and, after realizing the transmission was about to go out, we sold it, gathered most of the cash we had available, and purchased a new car. It was somewhat of a right of passage for us. Time for us to spend some hard-earned money on ourselves.

But, I've digressed from the real message here: out of nowhere. I was driving along minding my own business and suddenly a large vehicle is heading toward me out of nowhere. Of course, I immediately react and swerve to try and avoid the inevitable collision. When you are in a compact car and a car twice your size gets a piece of you it's a given that you will go flying upon impact. And that's just what happened. I went flying into oncoming traffic; spinning out of control. When I stopped, I was perpendicular to the flow of traffic and stunned. I managed to gather my wits and pull out of traffic into a parking lot. The driver of the other vehicle was a 96 year old gentleman. His wife was in the front seat. They were both terribly shaken and she kept saying over and over again, "the cars just go too fast". Once we ascertained everyone was not physically hurt, we telephoned the police.

While we were waiting, I was standing there in shock. I realized I had no idea what had just happened. I didn't know how I was hit, which direction he came from, or how fast or slow he was going. I didn't know if he was turning into me, going straight toward me, or where he came from. I just remember he came out of nowhere. When the police arrived I couldn't facilitate the recreation of the accident. The older gentleman gave three accounts. The police officer did the best he could ascertaining what had happened by the damage to the vehicles. When it was over I drove home (thankfully the car was still drivable) and sat in the driveway for several minutes trying to breathe.

It occurred to me this evening. Our lives are like that. We are going along each day doing the usual tasks and then out of nowhere something or someone comes and crashes into us and changes everything. What happened today was a practical expression of what has happened in my life since first experiencing Barry in Las Vegas in 2006. There was the excitement of having a newfound love of the man and his music, followed by the crash that has become my journey into fandom. Quite apropos and ironic. Life imitating life.

Still reeling from both crashes,
Texas Fan

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

So sorry about your accident. I hope that you are truly ok besides being shook up.

You are so right...life can change in a second. Most of the time if not all, we are never prepared for it. We need to keep good attitudes and positive thinking that when things like this come along, we can better handle it. That is easy to say but hard to do that is for sure.

Please call or e-mail if you want to talk.

Fanbutnotcrazy

Anonymous said...

Hey girl, hope you are ok, my thoughts are with you.
You know where I am if you need me.
Take care.
Your Aussie Friend
Kim

you begin again.... said...

I'm glad you're OK. Not to make light of it but if you're posting it could have been much worse. Hope Easter Sunday provides some good recovery time.

--YBA

Scooter said...

I'm so glad no one was physically injured. But I know your trust in other drivers is probably shot like mine was in Vegas in May, 1996. I was driving a rent car with four friends in the car, sitting at a red light in front of Circus Circus on the Strip about 1 AM. We had gone to a restaurant to eat after Barry's show. Suddenly we were hit in the side by a Town Car going 40 mph down the sidewalk! Altogether besides our two cars there was another car, a van, and two pedestrians involved when this guy (with 7 passengers) plowed down the sidewalk when his foot hit the gas instead of the break. Blessedly two Vegas cops on bicycles witnessed the whole mess. It took ages to straighten it all out. I had one more show the next night which helped to soothe all our nerves. But I'll never drive in Vegas again, and 12 years later, I'm still a very jumpy driver.

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear that you are okay.

Linda

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear that you are okay.

texas_fanilow said...

Thanks everyone for your comments and compassion. Life goes on..but I'll definitely be more cautious and observant in the future--a defensive driver and a cautious observer.

 
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