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Life’s Lemons

September 24, 2008

How does it go?  “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”… right?

So I barely missed hitting the car ahead of me at lunchtime.  Turning left out of my parking lot, you have to wait to slide into the oncoming traffic.  The car in front of me did just that, waiting until an opening in the traffic to pull out.  Seeing him start out, I glanced left and right to see if I could follow quickly and hit the gas… only to see the guy in front of me had decided his car didn’t have enough guts to merge.  He had hit the brakes… and I had to do the same to avoid hitting him, coming mere millimeters from his rear bumper.

Whew!!  An accident averted.  It was going to be a good day…

…then I started home at the end of the work day…and the karma gods started chortling and rubbing their hands together…

There’s always a long line at the traffic light leaving my business complex.  I usually have to wait two or three cycles before I can leave.  Traffic was stop-and-go.  I just finished moving up behind the car in front of me and stopped.  Relaxing, because I can’t make the light change any faster, I glanced in my rearview mirror.

Uh-oh…

Apparently the guy behind me didn’t move up right away, saw a big opening in traffic, and darted forward.

And forgot to stop.  POW!!  Right into the back of my car.  My car lurched forward and hit the guy in front of me.

Luckily, no one was hurt badly.  Since I saw the guy coming fast in my rearview mirror, I did what you’re not supposed to do–I tensed up.  I have a nifty sore shoulder/neck which, after sleeping tonight, I bet is going to hurt like anything tomorrow.  I’ll be stiff, but not in a good way.

Minor damage to the car in front of me… actually just some scrapes from my license plate bolt.

Not too much to mine, either.  The back bumper is a little wobbly (much like I was after getting stunned by the collision).

The guy who hit me?  No clue why he took the brunt of it, but he blew out his radiator, smashed his front bumper, and broke a light… good!  Charitable feelings for others?  Right.  Glad his car got nailed.  (Okay, yeah, glad he wasn’t hurt… i’m not that much of a twit).

So, looks like I’ll be going to the insurance adjuster, the body shop, and, hopefully not, the doc.

Yep, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

But, trust me on this, when life gives you a bowl of shit, don’t try to make anything…. just leave it sitting there.