I think it happened again……

A very memorable quote from an epic film…..The Hangover II … Anyway, the film really has no relevance only the quote “I think it happened again”.  The events this morning and finally the way I feel about the event of this morning.  YES IT DID HAPPEN AGAIN! Sorry for shouting and using anything but the queens english but this has seriously pissed me off.

Let me set the scene for you. I live in a small three bedroom terrace house on a reasonably quiet street in a suburb of Leeds, seven and a half miles from the city centre. I am unfortunate in the fact that my car has to be parked on the roadside as there is no room to put a small driveway in the garden. Actually, there probably is just enough room, but as it would have to be level and the house is slightly lower than street level then it would mean building it higher therefore blocking all light in to our dining room. In 2009 I owned a black Vauxhall Vectra SRi…I must admit it was one of my favourite cars. I had only had the car since April 2008 and it was well looked after, you know the score..it got washed and cleaned every week (weather permitting) and I was very pleased with it. Anyway, below are a couple of photos

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Ever since that day, the 2nd February 2009 both my wife and I have been extra careful and observed the weather forecast for icy and snowy conditions. Last night wasnt exactly a classic example, the forecast was for rain turning to sleet and at the time we climbed the stairs to bed there was only a slight snow covering. I did actually consider moving the car to the opposite side of the road. But this was dismissed as the temperature was supposed to increase over night and would have caused the snow to melt. The reason we move the cars to the other side of the road is simple; there is a camber on the road and hard braking down the hill always carries cars in a slide towards the driver side kerb….right where my car is parked in the base of the hill.

I slept quite badly last night, very lightly and in a little bit of pain. I was up and about at 04:30 and came back to bed again about an hour later. I then slept quite soundly until 06:30….when…BANG !!! I thought I was dreaming at first and somehow my dream had managed to incorporate a loud crashing noise. I sort of woke up and all was quiet so let my head fall back on the pillow. That was when there was a loud knock on the door and reality sunk in. I knew exactly what had happened. I had been hit again!

I know this is no consolation, but my car faired a lot better than his. So, it was back to the once familiar routine of informing the insurance company, notifying the RAC, arranging the courtesy car. How one small thing can change your plans.  I did however, get a phone call from the driver of the other car and also his insurance company accepting all liability and fault. Not that it’s any consolisation…it has certainly steered my day in a certain direction.

Meanwhile, I will just wait for my courtesy car and a phone call later in the week to see if she will survive. If the subframe is bent, who knows?

Thanks for reading


About Mark Winterbourne

A little about me … well, what can I say. I started photography back in 1979 when I was just 11 years old. I was given a 35mm SLR Camera by my late Grandfather as a birthday present. The camera was a Russian built Zenit EM and built like a house brick. Many of my slides on here are taken with the very same camera. My passion stemmed from my Grandfathers love of photography and in particular his fondness of the English Lake District. I will showcase his work on here in the coming months, but there are over 10,000 slides and I have quite a task ahead of me scanning them in. In the late eighties and early nineties I moved on to autofocus SLR’s and began to accumulate quite a stash of equipment. In between my full time employment and sleeping I started doing small photographic assignments for freinds, family and small businesses. In the early 2000′s I started using a digital camera and traed all my traditional film cameras in for more equipment. My Camera Equipment Canon EOS 20D Body BGE2N Battery Grip Canon EOS 50D Body BGE2N Battery Grip Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 EF-S Lens Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III Lens Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM Sigma 28-105 F2.8-4 DG Lens Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Canon 580EX Speedlite Flashgun Canon CP-E4 Compact Battery Pack for 580EX I took an avid interest in aviation photography at the start of the 2000′s when digital cameras became more accessible. My enjoyment was taken up a level when I discovered I could mix my love of light & colour with aviation photography by taking photographs. In 1983 I suffered a head injury which was diagnosed as a brain tumour. LIfe soon returned to normal in 1984 but in the early part of 2002 things turned nasty and headaches and sickness returned. To date I dont have a surgeon willing to operate on me and struggle by day to day. You will find more about this in my blogs……. Nothing will stop my photography, not even this head injury….this blog reflects my day to day life as a person with an interest in photography….with a headache to match Hope you enjoy….please feel free to contact me, anytime

Posted on March 18, 2013, in Autombiles, Cars, General and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. You have an ability to give a lighthearted (hope that’s the right word I was looking for) view of something that I can imagine to be a potentially sole destroying start to anyone’s day. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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