Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Delayed Reaction

(I turned in my Patch piece yesterday, and the editor said, “This is awful, it doesn’t even make sense.” So I made a few changes and he came back with, “Yeah, I guess you mean something.” I haven’t even linked to it; I can’t bear to look. I’m sure it’s terrible – something like zxckvjeiljzdfgi9arto !!??sar;…dklfgj—asdlkfj.)

Just before the accident happened, I had a second, maybe two, to look in the rear view mirror. Did time stand still or slow down? No. Or yes. I remember thinking, “Wow, maybe I’m going to die.” And then, you know, the car and I just took it.

The guy at the repair place, a collision center, said, “You were very lucky.” I asked if all the cars looked this bad. He said it happens every day.

When I finally found a decent fellow at the insurance agency, and I think I did, he suggested I sell it as salvage or have it towed back to my house. “Some people form an attachment to their car.”

I told him I wasn’t one of those people.

On the other hand, the little Matrix saved my life. But that’s stupid. That’s zxckvjeiljzdfgi9arto !!??sar;…dklfgj—asdlkfj.

I expect to be entirely back to normal by tomorrow.

32 comments:

bandit said...

Did the rear end get blown off? It might be only two bolts holding on the axle.
It might still run. Still, it could only be a $500 beater.

Margaret said...

It is inconceivable that you would write something awful. I don't believe if for a minute. The car this is a big and stressful drag. Sorry you're going through that.

Petrea Burchard said...

I'm with Margaret. You can't write bad stuff. Maybe it was over his head? Not that he's not smart, but you've written over my head before and we all know how brilliant I am. Zxckvjeiljzdfgi9arto !!??sar;…dklfgj—asdlkfj.

Italo said...

Of course he didn't understand. I'm with the two ladies!

Patrizzi Intergarlictica said...

PTSD?

I lost my favorite car a few years ago. It was totalled on a tree. A branch went through the window and lodged in the passenger seat. Good thing no one was sitting there. It just makes me shake thinking about it.

Darn trees!

Jean Spitzer said...

Add my voice to Margaret's and Petrea's.

Shell Sherree said...

Hooray for your valiant little Matrix. I cried when I sold both my previous cars. {And yes, they had names.} Perhaps I'm not the best person to help you through this one, KB. But I'm very glad to hear you've found a decent fellow {at last} at the insurance agency.

Brenda's Arizona said...

Karin, I think you make perfect sense this way.
My neighborhood is full of beat-up cars (and humans). Now I know why.

Trish said...

ah, I get it, if YOU take the car back (or pay to have it towed to your place), then the ins co doesn't have to worry about disposing of it and it is now YOUR problem, not THEIRS! argh. sell it for parts if you need to, find something else & keep some basic collision coverage next time?

and, while I've been known to write some drivel before, most of the time even the over the heads of editors is workable. Just stop typing in Welsh or Yugoslavic languages and you'll be better off!

altadenahiker said...

It was weird Bandit, because it was like the hard candy shell came off and I could see the gooey innards.

Margaret, Petrea, and Jean: Zxckvjeiljzdfgi9arto !!??sar;…dklfgj—asdlkfj!

Hi Italo, I'll have what you're having.

Shell, thank god I didn't name it.

Patrizzi, a branch went through the window? I swear you always go that extra mile.

Brenda, my hood has a few of those too.

Trish, I'm sure that was his intention.

TheChieftess said...

Ditto to Margaret and Petrea!!!

Anonymous said...

They're all showing their bedside manner.

GG

Marjie said...

I write xhdirovx fiodlhkij;jk; hsieieh a lot. I'm not sure anyone notices. Goes with engineering and whatnot. Just tell the editor it was technical jargon; he'll be none the wiser.

Sell the wheels and hubcaps on ebay. Or put the hulk on craigslist. Someone will want the pieces. Good luck with the delayed recovery.

-K- said...

Perhaps your editor is a fly-bitten, beetle-headed mugwump.

Paula said...

K, I wish there was a like button here.

Bellis said...

Your editor is great - and either you or he must have made a few tiny changes as it's a brilliant article as always, and has started up a huge correspondence about local schools. So even when you're not feeling at your best, you write winners.

I've cried when trading in the cars that kept me safe. Your car did too, but you can't exactly cremate it and scatter the ashes under its favorite tree. You were lucky you didn't name it - my mother always named our cars, and had accidents in all of them.

altadenahiker said...

Bellis is right, Dan is a one hundred percent nice fellow. And the column I mentioned is not the one that's getting all the hits (or that's linked to on my blog.) The Bad Boy is resting in an unmarked grave. Oh please, let it disappear.

K -- beetle-headed. It really doesn't get much better than that.

Banjo52 said...

Don't rush it. Normality's not all it's cracked up to be . . . or so I'm told.

More seriously, that biz about how much can change in a moment has been on my mind more and more in the last few years. Spooky stuff. Keep speaking Welsh and call it a chant to the gods of fish net.

Linda said...

xhdirovx fiodlhkij;jk; hsieieh if a big word for me (new too) but I can see why you used it;)

Virginia said...

The editor of the Patch dared to utter those words?? I'll be there soon and let me just go toe to toe with his sorry.... well never mind.

I'm hoping your insurance guy can make us all proud. Keep us up to date.
XXX
V

altadenahiker said...

If all goes well, I've got the new adopted kid tomorrow. Never thought I'd buy a Ford.

WV: Bultruba. How true.

Desiree said...

Hysterical. Visited Patch and found your Loma Alta piece. I must recuse myself: I taught at Loma Alta aught years ago, and visited last year for professional development for its teachers.

wow! All the comments you get!

Susan Campisi said...

I'm sorry your Matrix is a goner. Glad you were able to find another kid so quickly. You work fast.

Terry B, Blue Kitchen said...

Wait. There's a "back to normal" version of you?

Birdman said...

Hahahahahaha.... well at least the story was funny. Dealing with insurance ain't fun... but sometimes humorous... SMILE?

Kaori said...

Again, very glad you're okay. And I think I even understood you at the very end ;D

altadenahiker said...

Oh, I don't think I can match Terry.

Pat Tillett said...

Wow! I need to catch up here!
As to you writing something awful, I find that hard to believe. Maybe the issue was with the guy who read it...

Ken Mac said...

hang in there girlfriend

sonia a. mascaro said...

I am very glad you're fine!

Anonymous said...

ILY style.

What about the Ford deal?

A Cougar or a Kuga?

WV: shmxsest ... ?

Bec said...

Really sorry to hear about your accident and glad you're okay. BTW - read your recent Patch pieces and they're all great, as usual.