Saturday, January 3, 2009

How could I have been so Stupid?

Today while driving home from 24 Hour Fitness and about 4 minutes after talking to Matt on the phone about Gramci's party, I rear ended someone.  Yep that's right I did.  South on the 14 exiting San Fernando Rd there is a new dedicated lane to turn right into.  There is no longer a need to wait for any traffic breaks on the cars driving west.  So every once in a while I run across a car that sits there still waiting for a traffic break that they don't need to.  This was one of those cars.  I stopped behind him and what happened next, well I went into a kind of fugue state...much like George Stark in Stephen Kings "The Dark Half"  I saw him inching forward and then glanced over my left shoulder to check traffic while assuming he had pulled onto San Fernando...But he didn't he was still stopped and before I knew it I smacked into his crap!!!!  We pulled into the Carl's Jr parking lot and exchanged info...(he has maybe 100 worth of damage)  And get this...I give him my license and it turns out he lives a few houses down from us!!!!   So that's a good thing!  We laughed and it broke the tension.  

He is "gonna get a few estimates on monday and then call me"

He is an older gentleman.

Moral of the story......when you have been driving for 19 years and this is the first time this has ever happened to you....your still a pretty good driver.


Serenity NOW said...

How bizarre!! Last Tuesday I get rear ended and now today YOU rear ended someone else. What are the chances of that happening in 1 family within 1 week!! Glad that all are o.k. And I am sure it helped ease the tension that he is one of your neighbor's. Stay safe.

Love ya, Susan

Paula said...

I'm SO thankful you are okay, Garrett!! What a scare.

Love you, Mom

Grandma Dee said...

I have been rear-ended 3 times and rear-ended someone on the freeway once. But, get this (my only accident), I totaled the person's Datsun 240Z. Yes, it was an older model so cost more to repair than to replace. (I also might note that I had just found out 2 weeks prior that my dad had terminal cancer.) I also was working for Allstate at the time. Tough lesson, but still so easy to do. I could count on 2 hands how many times I almost may have caused an accident. That just opened my eyes to be more careful. Lucky for you that he lives on your block. I am sure he will be reasonable.
Love you lots,
Grandma Dee

dole2obama said...

Today in downtown L.A. I saw a woman dead in the street who had been hit by a bus. Her brains and blood were all over the street. I was attending a real estate conference at the time. True story......