Friday, January 09, 2009

Luck of the Irish

So, I met my best friend for lunch today. We ate at our favorite sandwich shop, located in a strip mall, then parted ways as he went back to work. The parking lot in the strip mall is kind of crappy, and as I backed my van out of my spot, I was being very careful to look left, look right, look left, look right, look left ..... etc......

Unfortunately (because I am a dumbass) I forgot to look straight behind me and backed into someone.

THUD!!!

(sigh)

So I pulled back up into my parking space and got out to check the damage. I backed into some big-mighty-V99-monster-truck and the bumper on my puny little fiberglass van definitely took the brunt of the collision. In fact, there was hardly a scratch on the truck. No dents, no dings ..... and of course, nobody was sitting in it.

I looked around, wondering where the owner might be. Two restaurants, a dollar store, a tanning salon .... I mean really, what was I supposed to do? Roam the strip mall announcing to everyone that I hit a car in the parking lot?

Totally annoyed with myself, I climbed back in my van and shut the door, then started digging around in my purse for a pen and paper so I could write a pathetic letter along the lines of:

"Dear to whom it may concern, I am SO SORRY but I backed up into your truck in the parking lot. Although it appears the damage to your truck was minimal, I did want to leave a note and assure you that I have insurance and at the very least, leave you my name and number ..... blah blah ......"

The whole time, I'm rolling my eyes at myself for being such a moron. How long have I had a drivers license???? And I backed into a PARKED CAR???

I finished my note, sighed again, and got out to leave the note on the windshield.

Ummmmm ..... apparently while I was writing the note, the person got in their truck and drove away ---- the parking space was empty!

So you tell me, luck of the Irish, or Candid Camera???

12 comments:

The Foster Home said...

Wow, stinks that your car took the brunt of the collision. You know how to tell a story though, that is why I love reading your blog.

Judy Haley (coffeejitters) said...

that's awesome luck actually. i find that sometimes good things happen when you're trying to do the right thing (like trying to leave a note) whereas if you had just driven off, something else bad might have happened.

One time we decided to pull off the road to help someone having trouble during a blizzard and the moment we pulled off the road a semi coming towards us jackknifed and would have completely demolished us had we stayed on the road.

ReRe said...

luck of the freaking irish! you've got an angel watching over you -- a corrupt, hit-and-run loving angel!

Sheila from MN said...

Let's hope he doesn't read you blog! At least you didn't get out and yell "The perfect f'ing end to the perfect f'ing day" like I did!

lizinsumner said...

Holey moley! My (unsolicited, of course!!) advice - keep the note - just in case. Sign and date it. Granted, a lawyer in court could always say that there's no proof of when it was actually written, but it's got to be better than no note at all - just in case. Hate to sound paranoid, but I have a friend who got into all KINDS of trouble with a parking lot mishap - of course, she left first and without leaving a note, which COULD explain why she got in trouble......

Melissa said...

I needed a giggle today. This would only happen to you Kristie, only you!

Claire said...

Lucky dog! I backed into someone who did not have auto insurance so they were GLAD to have my pay for their repairs. UGh! Glad you had some good luck, you and Blaine deserve some!

M, Ms. R, Mom, Auntie M, Marey said...

Ooohhh, so sorry!

Once at work, my parked car van was involved in a 4 car driverless accident! A dad picking up his son at day care went back in to retrieve a sweatshirt and thought his car was in park...but it wasn't...and it started backing up...his kid jumped out and the car rolled 100 yards, took out the car next to me and pushed my van into the car next to me. The van wasn't totalled....just close to it....so it ran another 6 years....and was just donated to Camp Okizu which made a whopping $1,245 from the sale of it!

Guess you will remember to look directly back before you teach Brayden to drive :)

katy said...

My daughter bumped into a truck at a stop sign the other day. She hit him right under his bumper sticker that said "what part of get off my ass don't you understand." She called me to see what to do and while she dialed he took off. They were on a hill and I think he had a standard and thought he backed up into her.

Coachdad said...

Pretty lucky he/she drove off... loved reading this and your blog. Thanks for the comment earlier this week and you are right...this is addicting! Love it though.

krueth said...

LOL either way, I would take it..So sorry your van got the brunt of it though, dang! Wendy

Stefunkc said...

I blame the Swiss cheese.