Hit-And-Run

XXIII | 10 THINGS OF THANKFUL | XXIII

http://summat2thinkon.blogspot.com/p/ten-things-of-thankful.html

So yesterday, or really one minute to today, I expressed some Thankfulness involving a recent hit-and-run that my car was involved in. It was an interesting weekend, followed by an interesting week. Some of today’s post will be follow-up, and some will be unrelated to that incident. I want to get this in before I continue with some NaNoWriMo writing and Game Night tonight with some of Kate’s friends.

  1. I’m Thankful, as I briefly mentioned yesterday, that the individual who struck my car was insured. I had just recently dropped my insurance to “Storage” leaving me with only comprehensive coverage and no property damage coverage. Since I found the guy involved with the accident I was able to proceed forward with filing claim, which ended up being placed against their policy.
  2. That all of the agents I had to deal with during the process of filing and proceeding with the insurance claim were all very patient and helpful. The first one worried me, because it sounded like they didn’t believe what I was saying, but it was just they needed to verify all the facts, which is natural.
  3. The fact I didn’t loose it after having to explain the entire incident over and over again with each new agent brought into the process. I had sent emails and pictures, but apparently it seems that they don’t intercommunicate with one another at all. This was annoying since everyone worked for the same insurance company.
  4. Which reminds me… I’m glad that the individual who hit my car was insured by the same insurance company. It expedited the entire process, or so I’m going to assume. I haven’t exactly been someone who has had the need to continually make insurance claims and so I was (am still?) quite a bit unfamiliar with the process.
  5. I’m Thankful the the Adjuster was very thorough and answered all the questions I had about multiple details concerning the process of them coming out to look at my car to assess the damage.
  6. I appreciated the fact that I didn’t have to be around for them to look over my car. As it turned out I was home, and went out to say hi and to discuss the appraisal. It was nice, however, to know that I didn’t have to be. I was extremely nervous about having to speak with someone face to face, but I feel I handled myself well.
  7. I was ecstatic that they declared my vehicle totaled. Given the circumstances, this was actually the best case scenario. Those who have been following along likely know why.
  8. I’m Thankful that this whole incident has given me a blog post to write for my NaNoWriMo endeavors. It’s over 3k words long and I’ve only just got to the part of finding the culprit’s car. Mind you, I’m going into as much detail as possible in order to wrack up my word count. There will be the need for much editing so it isn’t completely dull and boring. Then again, it may still be boring regardless…
  9. That this experience has been a wake up call for the other driver. Whatever factors were involved in causing the crash on his end (some of us have our suspicions), he was lucky things didn’t end up way worse than they had. He now has a hit-and-run on his record, but that’s a far cry from vehicular manslaughter.
  10. I mentioned it yesterday, but I am truly thankful I wasn’t in the car. I never found out if the other driver sustained any injuries, but I’d imagine Officer Lynch would have told me if so. I couldn’t help but notice that despite the how hard the cars hit, that neither airbag had deployed. I honestly don’t know how fast you have to be going or how hard the hit has to be, but this accident was bad enough to where his car was stuck in mine, I would have thought the airbags would have deployed. My bad.

Speaking of "my bad" I guess this entire list was follow-up to the hit-and-run incident after all...

I will be attempting to reply to comments and blog hop tomorrow. I should have a decent chunk of time to do so, as long as I’m able to get some NaNoWriMo writing in too. Hope everyone is having a safe weekend and are super Thankful!

Feel free to leave your Thankful List in the comments below, if you aren’t participating directly with the blog hop!

XXII | 10 THINGS OF THANKFUL | XXII

http://summat2thinkon.blogspot.com/p/ten-things-of-thankful.html

It’s much much later than I thought it was and I have thirty minutes to get this post in if I plan to catch up to the rest of the TToT group. I’ve been AWOL a few weeks as I concentrate on NaNoWriMo, but I have fallen very behind on my 50k word count. Almost 20k behind actually. Thankfully I was able to get in some writing early this morning after a ten day dry spell. Enough of a dry spell that I thought it would be best to just throw in the towel. It seems many from our original NaNo 2012 group are feeling the same. That this year just doesn’t have the same heart as the last.

I will attempt to slip in a few, quick blurbs of things I am thankful for. It may be hard to accurately recall when some things took place over the last 2 weeks, so this isn’t going to be in chronological order. Just random remembrances.

  1. I’m Thankful for the fact that I wasn’t driving, or in my car in general, when someone slammed into it two weeks ago.
  2. I’m equally Thankful that the culprit slammed into my parked car, and not into someone else driving early in the morning, or someone crossing the street for that matter.
  3. That the individual driving the car wasn’t injured or killed. It appears he had to be going at a good speed to inflict the damage that was witnessed. Even the positioning of my car, after the fact, was testament to just how hard the impact was. Then there was the witness stating how his car was actually stuck in my car.
  4. I’m Thankful for my neighbors, essentially the witnesses to the accident, for helping in their attempts to unfold the incident and getting whatever helpful info they could about the culprit and his car after he fled the scene.
  5. That I have an adventurous girlfriend who was on-board with my desire in attempting to track down said culprit, believing that the police may not exactly give much chase. Granted, I’m pretty ignorant to the actual procedures involved with tracking down individuals engaging in hit and run scenarios.
    The repositioning of my car the culprit of the the hit and run felt was needed...
  6. For the fun that was had during an almost high speed chase against a white Taxi (the neighbors told me they thought the car was white) who appeared to have had a malfunctioning horn, which I believed could have been caused by being in an accident.
  7. That my hopes were not completely deflated when finally tracking down said taxi only to find that it wasn’t the vehicle and/or individual we were seeking and were now a few miles from home and a good fifteen to twenty minutes wasted on the chase...
  8. I’m Thankful that my eight to ten year old moniker of “Eagle Eye” still applies. On the way home, after deciding it was likely we wouldn’t actually be able to find the vehicle, I spotted a car with substantial body damage out of the corner of my eye. Upon inspection we determined it was definitely the vehicle involved in the hit and run, regardless of it not being white.
  9. Officer Lynch. I’m Thankful he listened to us and investigated the car we found a few blocks away, even though he was extremely doubtful that it was the culprit’s due to it not being white (there appeared to be white paint transfer on my car). Within ten minutes he was back and said that sure enough it was the right vehicle.
  10. That Officer Lynch was finally able to get in touch with the driver of the car and confirmed he was insured, in turn sharing with me the needed info to file a claim for the accident. He was very helpful and sympathetic as he revealed to me just that week his own personal vehicle had been victim to two hit and runs and that at least one of the two culprit’s were uninsured. I’m sure we mentally high-fived one another over the phone.

Okay, so maybe that was all chronological after all… And all within the time span of about two hours. Not too shabby…

Feel free to leave your Thankful List in the comments below, if you aren’t participating directly with the blog hop!

[MOSTLY] WORDLESS WEDNESDAY - HIT-AND-RUN

I swear they look just like my grandparents!
This is an image I found online while looking for various picture options for an anniversary card. The card I bought for my grandparent’s 25th Anniversary was pretty blank. Too blank. But I couldn’t focus enough to derive words befitting enough to dress the card up. When I came across this picture it was perfect, so I printed it out and added it. This project was all done last minute on a whim, but I think it added so much humor to the gift. I wasn’t around when they finally opened it, unfortunately, but was told they liked it alot.

Kudos to the good people of the world!
Two weeks ago my girlfriend noticed something on my car's windshield. She brought in this note that was left by some random stranger (or possibly a tenant I’m unfamiliar with, as there has been some turnover lately) after they had witnessed someone hitting my car. In case it’s hard to see, it reads as follows:
An SUV (lic. 660 ETA, I believe) backed into this car and took off. (Women drivers… amirite?)

It looks like it scratched your car on the driver-side, rear quarter panel.

Hit-and-runs (or is that hits-and-run?) are total bullshit. If you need a witness, my name is Casey and you can reach me at XXX-XXX-XXXX. After 7:00 pm is the best time to call.

Good luck. I hope you get that fucker.
That was badass and made our day and we laughed about it for some time after. I never did call them, because my car was already DOA at that point. I suppose I could call and thank them for being awesome, though!


I was playing this level yesterday and it seems I broke Candy Crush. The video displays what was happening for originally about an hour before I had company over. Later that evening, as said company was about to leave, I thought about playing some Candy Crush and recalled I still had the level up. Sure enough, 5+ hours later it was still stuck in its janky loop. I’ve warned people I break things…* I had to get a video of it to share, and I even thought about trying to send it in to the company. I’m pretty sure it’s not meant to work that way, and they may want to update the level to stop the chances of it occurring.

*Clark, you’ve been warned...

Do you have family or friends who have thrown 25th Anniversary parties? 50th? Ever been the victim of a hit-and-run?