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The Landscaping Truck Didn't Hit Me

Thank goodness. Despite me moving at little more than an idle, neither my brakes nor my steering were overcoming the slight downhill cant of the road to bring me to a stop. Finally, I managed to veer toward the middle of the road, and came to a stop partially on top of the snow-covered median. The driver backed back into the driveway he'd come out of, parked, and came running to repeatedly apologize and push me back off median, and apologize again, telling me that he barely got his heavy truck to stop before hitting me (thank goodness I had room to dodge). Once he got me free of the median, he stood there to tell traffic to wait so I could get back into my lane and drive away.

I slowed down more.

The SUV driver who just had to make a left turn in front of me to go to the casino a few seconds sooner didn't collide with me either, but I had to dodge him as well. Once again, I was headed downhill. Once again, the best I could do was veer toward oncoming traffic, this time in the hope that the SUV driver was going fast enough for me to go around him. Thank goodness the other casino-goers in the left turn lane wanted to bet on cards or dice or slot machines, not on road conditions. I went around the SUV's tail end and proceeded on my way.

I tested the brakes on the open grid section of the bridge. They worked fine--there, where the new-fallen snow had been able to keep falling. Nothing to do but keep on driving, though.

The impatient sports-car driver who gave in to the urge to pass me on the right even though I had my turn signal on and was moving in that direction didn't manage to side-swipe me, though I don't know how. He didn't even get far for his trouble, since only three or four car lengths ahead in that lane was a city bus.

Finally, the bus moved and I could turn off 6th Street, and my ride became less eventful, though not less slippery. I'm home safe, and I still have a sparkly purple car, though right now it is a car of indeterminate color, covered with sparkly, fluffy, beautiful new snow.

It can continue to look like that until morning. I am *NOT* going to Walgreens for my prescription or to the store for groceries or anywhere else until the snow isn't so pretty

and new

and

slippery.

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shamshir_tin
Dec. 17th, 2013 09:41 am (UTC)
Ah, beautiful.
We're all feeling that today, aren't we?
wyld_dandelyon
Dec. 17th, 2013 01:23 pm (UTC)
There are days when the ability to telecommute would be a great blessing.
msstacy13
Dec. 17th, 2013 02:39 pm (UTC)
"telecommute"

I don't like to admit to being this old,
but now you've got me remembering an AT&T TV ad.
I think it had the same song (♪Long distance is the next best thing to being dace to face♪)
and somebody riding a giant telephone cross-country...
msstacy13
Dec. 17th, 2013 02:40 pm (UTC)
I'm glad they all missed.
wyld_dandelyon
Dec. 18th, 2013 02:41 am (UTC)
Me too!
kelkyag
Dec. 17th, 2013 08:02 pm (UTC)
Glad you got home safely!
wyld_dandelyon
Dec. 18th, 2013 02:44 am (UTC)
Me too!

Hey--how are you doing?
seekerval
Dec. 17th, 2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
Weather can be such an adventure! Glad you made it home safe and sound.
wyld_dandelyon
Dec. 18th, 2013 02:43 am (UTC)
The weather adventure would have been very different without the cars!
seekerval
Dec. 18th, 2013 11:39 am (UTC)
Details, details. Ahhh, but: What if ...
wyld_dandelyon
Dec. 18th, 2013 01:32 pm (UTC)
Exactly.
red_trillium
Dec. 20th, 2013 09:13 am (UTC)
Sounds like it's been a heart-pounding day for you. I hope your little car keeps you safe & the roads treat you well.
wyld_dandelyon
Dec. 22nd, 2013 10:42 am (UTC)
It was!

I'll take the good wishes for tomorrow, when, if the weather isn't as bad as predicted, I'll be driving to Chicago to see family.
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