February 1st, 2011

big damn wrench

Tuesdaily with more not-funny driving adventures

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It occurs to me that I never told you guys about my "driving tries to kill me" from last week...

Driving Tries to Kill Ellen 2.5

I was driving down the ridge road and a shiny SUV approached from a sidestreet, going too fast, and slammed on their brakes at the stopsign, coming to a stop halfway into my lane. I slowed down when I saw them coming (obviously too fast), so I had time to get to a complete stop if I needed to, which I didn't - the oncoming lane was free, so I only had to scoot out and get around, muttering to myself.

Then this shining example of Alaskan driving tailgated me ALL the way down the hill, which is dangerous at the best of times. I flashed my brakes at them, and when they would not back off, slowed to the speed I considered safer for the condition of having an SUV licking my back bumper. (Not outrageously slow, either, I've certainly slowed down more to make my point before...)

The ridge road stops at an intersection with a light, which turned yellow as I approached. I braked, and the moron behind me took immediate offense at this action, accelerated into the right lane, and then took a violent left turn from that right lane, nearly taking off my right headlight, through a light that was now red. I honked at him, which I rarely do, and he sped away to wreak havoc on other drivers.

It's a wonder I'll get into a car at all anymore...

I should also note that this is not indicative of all Alaskan drivers. For the most part, they tend to be lovely, sensible people. Just a run of bad luck on my part. Or VERY good luck, depending on how you want to look at it.

N.E.way...

Some programming to do today, and some artwork and lots of emails.

I printed a copy of the Upheaval novel and... I'm impressed. There's an actual story in here. A GOOD story, and it's not nearly as fragmented as I feared it was. I'm excited to dive back in and start filling in the gaps and tightening up some of the action (yes, action! Real action!).

Snack now!
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Survived...

I drove into town today, and survived. The only incident I witnessed was far enough ahead of me not to change my patterns - a truck came out of an intersection too fast, swerved wider than they meant to, bounced off a snowbank, and went along their way. (A big white truck, rather like the one that last hit me, actually...)

But no major scares for me! My heartrate is back to normal, and while I feel sort of understandably hyperalert while driving, it's not a true panic state. It was good of me to get back into a car today, and I mailed a few things I needed to.

I finished reading the Upheaval through to the end...

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