Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Yesterday's Near-Death Experiences

Today I am nowhere but here. Tomorrow I will be at The Qwillery, so come join us! I'm giving away a gift certificate to the online bookstore of your choice.

So yesterday morning, I arrived at work and hit the bottom step to the employee entrance. In a split second, that foot shot sideways, and I came down on my shin (dented, bruised) and knee (scraped, bruised, still achy). The knee slam aggravated my right hip, too.

On the way home last night, I'm driving along, slowing as I near a busy intersection. Now, I'm on a major road that has no stop signs or stop lights for at least 5 miles. There were cars ahead of me and behind me, and stopped on either side, exiting side roads. I locked on the guy on my right for some reason, maybe his car was inching out. He was watching to his right. You know how you just KNOW something is going to happen, even if you don't think it in so many words?

Yeah, he pulled out, still not looking in my direction, making a left turn across my lane. I did the slam-and-swerve, as his rear fender filled my vision. I had two seconds of resignation, sure I was going to spin him around, but I swear I missed his bumper by just a couple of inches. I thought he bumped me on the way by because my car lurched, but it was either my car settling after the violent stop, or the car behind me bumped me. I actually have no idea if there was a car behind me, because I was too busy watching the jackass in my rearview mirror, continuing on down the road without even a flash of brakes.

Guess I jammed my right wrist and the seatbelt had fun with my left shoulder and neck. Those are better than they were last night, but still twingy. And I'm still pissed at the MFer who can't look both ways.

And THEN! This is the best one. I was sitting at the dining room table, using my laptop. Frisbee jumped up behind me, as she is wont to do, and stretched up to put her paws on my shoulders. Then she tried to sit back down, but her claws got caught in my sweater. I gagged and choked a "help!" until Number Two came out to unhook those claws I couldn't reach.

*glares at needy cat*
What? I wanted petting.

So far, today has been a much safer day.

What's your most memorable near-death experience?


Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Glad you're all safe. I've had a few near death misses on the highways usually with big trucks.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Yeah, those jolting OMG moments when the whole scene plays out in your head, but long after the truck has passed? Scary!

Ava Quinn said...

I'm so glad your basically okay (just bumps, jams and bruises). What a jackwagon. Learn to look left mofo!

Near death, huh? I guess when I spilled on my motorcycle a few years ago. And a different time when I was just pregnant with my oldest Urchin, we had one of those accidents where you could see it coming, but there was nowhere to go and no way to stop it. Just enough time to say a few choice curse words before impact. Everything turned out fine, though.

Hope you're feeling better. Are you coming to the meeting on Saturday?

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Scary NDEs, Ava! Especially the one while pregnant. Glad everything turned out okay. :)

Yep, I'll be there! Finally! LOL