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15 October 2009 @ 12:26 pm
Coyote Loves Me. HARD.  
So, the plan today was to hop in the car, head first to Campbell and then to Santa Cruz, and personally deliver resumes to some likely employers. The hand-carry trick is what landed me the Schaaf & Wheeler contract back in 2007, after all.

I had everything carefully mapped out, via Google. I had minimaps of all the twisty, curvy confusion of Santa Cruz streets. I was steeled and ready for Hwy 17 -- brand new tires! What better time for it?

Naturally, I rear-ended another car on the El Camino onramp to Lawrence Expressway. For those taking notes, this is the major intersection closest to my house.

What happened? I'm still not entirely sure. There was a line of six or seven cars; I think I was at the back. We were all accelerating smoothly; the two onramp lanes had merged together, I was deliberately taking it easy because I had a long drive ahead.

I checked my side mirror, looked up, and SHIT CAR STOPPED BRAKE BRAKE BRAKE skreeeeeee slam.

We both pulled off to the side, and were immediately apologizing to each other and making sure everyone was okay.

According to the folks in the other car, someone three or four cars ahead of them had stopped abruptly, and, well, dominoes. They were, themselves, right behind a motorcycle, so they really slammed on the brakes to avoid taking him out.

Nobody was hurt, though the passenger in the other vehicle hit her head against the headrest on her seat. She seemed okay, though I know better than to assume that in such cases, and told her that, if she was still having problems later, she needed to get checked out. The other car had no visible damage.

The Grape's snoot is visibly crumpled, and the hood is popped on one side. At least one headlight looks misaligned.

The CHP arrived on scene after, oh, maybe half an hour after we called, since there were no injuries reported. Since we had no problem exchanging insurance information, they said they didn't need to write up a report.

This is, for the record, my second vehicular accident in my driving career -- the last one was twenty years ago, or more. As I said to the officers, if this happens so seldom that I'm never quite sure what to do, I must be doing something right.

Because the Grape is kind of old and scroddy, however, we don't have collision coverage, so this is all gonna be out of pocket.

Note, however, that Coyote does, indeed, love me: "For all the bad luck we have, we have a lot of good luck." On a day that I'd planned a drive over Highway 17, a twisting, turning route over the Santa Cruz mountains, with long stretches that have no access or egress, and traffic reports regularly show extensive blockages because accidents and mishaps can jam up the whole route for miles... my accident happened a block and a half from home, and nobody was hurt.

Meanwhile... my stepfather's in the hospital today, getting tests run. He had some dizziness yesterday, and the doctor sent them to Urgent Care, who in turn started running tests. When I talked to mom this morning, they'd done an EKG and were scheduling an MRI. Hopefully, it was just a head rush, and neither heart nor stroke.

Poppa turns 80 on the 29th. My sister's been planning a surprise party for him on Halloween, since that's the closest Saturday.

I feel: stressedstressed
Tombfyretombfyre on October 15th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
Blargh, it always sucks when that happens. I've nearly been in many accidents where somebody just slams on the breaks up front, and people start driving up the asses of one another. My roomie actually totaled his car once a few years ago when that happened. They're usually quite annoying.

At least nobody was hurt, or so it seems.
Braxusbraxus on October 15th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
Extremely challenging to get a job these days in the resource management and GIS fields from what I'm told... more so with the economy the way it is today. :/ Was told the District got tons of applicants for recent entry level positions from those even with years of experience. :o

Next opening here at the District isn't until another 5 months unfortunately. Can ping you later on those if you'd still like to give it shot. Persistence hopefully counts for something down the line? :3

Here's something that hopefully can help on your search. One of our Resource Management Interns recently applied for a position at the San Francisco EPA branch. Maybe something for you to look into.

Best of luck!
Your Obedient Serpent: workathelind on October 15th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
I've been keeping an eye on the District via CalOpps; yes, hopefully, persistence counts. =)

I'll check out the EPA first thing tomorrow.

Stalbonstalbon on October 16th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)
I'm certainly glad no one was hurt in the 'exchange' of sorts. I've likewise had a fender-bender where I screech-plowed into an SUV from behind, crumpling my hood and lights in the same manner you had, but the SUV had absolutely nothing done to it. That being said, I hope getting the dents and hood done doesn't end up costing you too much.
doc_mysterydoc_mystery on October 16th, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
[emits sympathy waves] I'm glad to hear you are okay.

Hafochafoc on October 16th, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
My sympathy. I'd say you are in my prayers if I knew who or what exactly I'm praying to.
Darkwulfjdarkwulf on October 16th, 2009 04:39 am (UTC)
That's the same sort of thing that happened to me in the only thing I've been in that could be termed an accident. (Additionally, I've been in three ditches; one due to a mechanical problem with my first car, two due to Iowa winters, and only one of those resulting in me being in the ditch for longer than two minutes.) Interstate traffic suddenly slowed down, causing a domino reaction. I managed to stop completely short of the car right in front of me, but the person behind me wasn't so lucky.

Iowa road laws being what they are, the other driver was deemed "at fault". Their insurance paid for the resulting body work, half of my new tires and alignment (it didn't look or feel that bad when I drove it off the scene, but one of my front tires was showing steel by the time I got home. And naturally, I wanted to get a set rather than just replace the one that was bad.), and the rental of the shiny new PT Cruiser that I got to drive for the next two weeks. I was in the process of moving boxes over the weekends to what is now my house, and I was impressed by the amount of stuff it could hold. The Cruiser is a funny-looking car, and one of those that always looks smaller than it is, until you're right by it. I am now favorably disposed towards the model.
Arcaton: avatarr_caton on October 16th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
Always reckon the PT cruiser looks like a '40's ambulance....
Arcaton: jackassr_caton on October 16th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
Reckon you have the right take on this, friend....
Thoughts and prayers for your stepfather...
soreth on October 16th, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
Jeez, glad nothing really bad happened. Too many car accidents appearing on my friends list, fortunately none so far have been bad ones.

Good wishes for your stepfather!