my morning dose of adrenaline

I started my commute the usual way, heading out of Fairlington toward Route 50 on Walter Reed. At Walter Reed & Four Mile Run, I continued through the intersection, because the light was green and that’s what one generally does in that case.

Some guy in a Ford (at least I think it was a Ford, but I’m not good with such things) coming down Four Mile Run on my right wasn’t paying as much attention to the lights and what one should do in response to them, because he came barrelling through the intersection doing at least 40, making no apparent effort to slow down. He missed me by about 15 feet, but the Passat to my left, which had pulled out just slightly ahead of me, wasn’t so lucky. CRASH! Bits of bumper and headlight scattered through the intersection as the cars collided.

My thought process was as follows:

2. That car just totally ran the light! It’s his fault!
3. I hope everyone is okay.
4. Wow, those Jetta commercials with the accidents are REALLY accurate.
5. Oh good, everyone seems to be walking and healthy.
6. Wow. That was almost me!
7. Better double-check that the car insurance is paid up…

So, an adrenaline-filled start to my day. And, for those of you who are wondering… our car insurance was indeed paid up, but Tom went ahead and made the next payment when I told him what had happened.

4 Comments so far

  1. wayan (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 1:06 pm

    OMGHOLYSHITWTFBBQ! BBQ? You felt the need for ribs or were thinking its was gonna be pulled pork time in the Jetta?

  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 1:14 pm

    Internet slang, Wayan. OMGWTFBBQ is a great way of expressing absolute incredulity.

  3. Jason (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2006 @ 2:19 am

    Today I almost got hit by a color-blind woman in a Camry. Nothing beats a car screaching to a halt a couple feet from your car as you pull into an intersection *after* checking both ways to make sure there are no red light runners (she really really missed it!).

    I just stared at her, she wasn’t happy… hopefully with herself.

  4. darpino (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2006 @ 2:23 am

    LOL – I thought the same thing that Wayan did – damn now I’m hungry.

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