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
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?
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