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Bleak outside, cabin fever and our new car.

Posted 01-04-2015 at 01:26 PM by onebuck
Updated 01-19-2015 at 04:24 PM by onebuck (update)

Hi,

It's snowing and wet with wind. Overcast with no sunshine for the past few days. I like to walk at least twice daily since I no longer live on the farm. Hard work that I cannot due any longer because of my health. I walk to my iPod music to get a good cadence for cardiovascular workout for my heart. I could use my bicycle but the area is covered with snow & ice. In my younger days I delivered mourning & evening newspaper routes using my bike with riser bars along with paper hooks to mount the bag with folded newspapers inside.

Really peaceful in the very early mornings with my delivery route would be the only tracks on the route. Living in southern Illinois we did not have snow plows to clear the city streets. Back then our tires were not knobby but we would get the wide treads to give us some traction. Long before mountain bikes or off the road type bikes. We would entertain ourselves waiting for the paper drop off by skipping bumpers to slide along the snow covered brick streets until the cops would catch us and make us stop. We were young, dumb and fearless.

Really nice to know what's best now. I really do not take many chances these days. Heck our excitement this week was my wife and I along with friends were to meet other friends for dinner out. We were traveling west on a state route just on the edge of town. I was driving our new Honda Odyssey when out of no where I saw three deer on my driver side. No way to evade the deer so I hit the first doe and see her flipped into the opposing lane to be hit again by another vehicle. New Honda with dents on the cargo door, driver door & front left fender. I need to get this fixed fast since we have other things to get done in 3 weeks. BTW, the deer was killed. So don't call PETA on me. Oh, heck call them, I need more excitement for the new year. My wife is pissy fitting about the damage to the car. I told her there was nothing to do but hit the darn deer. I was not going to swerve into the other lane nor to the right to go down a steep embankment that could cause everyone to possibly get hurt. Hit the dam deer, the car can be fixed. Why put everyone in danger? Not my first deer accident.

I've seen my share of auto deer accidents. Too many people think about hurting the dam deer. PETA hearts. Common sense to me is to prevent human harm, we have too many deer now. I would do the same for anything that jumps in front of my vehicle. If it was in a neighborhood and there were children I would do everything possible to evade or prevent from hitting a child that would run in front of me. Cars can be replaced or repaired!

We were late to our dinner date but we finally made it after spending time with the officers recording the accident report. Everyone was concerned about the car since it was new. Just fueled the wife's anger, I told her to forget it. Accident and nothing would change the fact the car was damaged. She just spewed back "but it's new". I then said, it's broke in now. Get over it! We will get the dam thing fixed and I will be out the $500 dollar deductible. Now that would make a grown man cry. The toys I could buy with that money instead of folding out for the repair. Now that makes me upset having to pay that deductible.

I am not a sexist but women have a different perspective on things of this sort. I raised daughters and hoping by example they will be able to discern things better. I can see the influence on my Grandchildren by their mothers that do harp at them. Not the way the daughters were raised by me. Got that from the mother. One daughter has remodeled several of their homes by herself. Her husband could not pour piss out of a boot even if the instructions were on the heel. Sad! His father did everything for him growing up. My daughter would be in my shop watching and asking questions. I decided since she was there, she should at least learn how to do things right & safely. She still credits me with helping her to understand and realize that the challenges were worth the outcome. Really proud of the girls, tomboys that grew up to be beautiful resourceful women that will continue to be successful.

Now that this is off my chest, looking outside the snow is still falling. No change! But I feel better about things after pressing through this posting.

EDIT: Update; Our insurance under comprehensive there was no attached deductible. So I would be paying out other than $45 for special shipping of a door panel from Wisconsin. Shop could not find a replacement panel so I got on the phone to our dealer. Explained our problem and he located 3 panels at different dealers. First one I called did have the panel so I contacted the repair shop with the numbers and he contacted to get that panel to keep things in that dealers network. When we picked up the Honda he was apologetic to my wife to have to add the cost of shipping. She reminded him that I stated "that the cost would be covered by us". I knew the insurance would not cover the special shipping, heck we got the Honda repaired in 4 1/2 days with excellent work being done. This shop has done work for me in the past. I recommend to my friends all the time. Very professional shop! That's one of the nice things about small towns, you get to know everyone. That is the one of the luxuries living in a smaller town. You can say 'Hi' to someone as you walk past and they will not glare you down but will greet you too with a

Happy New Year to all!
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  1. Old Comment
    Sorry about your car accident. That stinks. I'm glad it wasn't worse, even a $500 isn't too bad.

    I like that expression: "could not pour piss out of a boot even if the instructions were on the heel". I will use it.
    Posted 01-05-2015 at 11:15 AM by vmccord vmccord is offline
  2. Old Comment
    Be glad it wasn't Mule Deer like we have down here.
    They tear things up harder.
    Like hitting Moose or Elk.

    Lucky for me. The OIL boom pumping http://www.roachphotos.com/images/ga...umper-1967.jpg

    and Wind Turbines
    http://learnfiberoptic.com/wp-conten...ind-energy.jpg

    scare off the Mule deer from the scrub brushes down here and have drove them to the Mountains. I ride motorcycle mostly and a deer strike sux.
    Posted 01-07-2015 at 03:47 PM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
  3. Old Comment
    Hi,

    I hit a deer while riding my motorcycle at 25 MPH. That was not pretty. Broken bones, road burn, scalped me plus stitches all over and totaled my bike.

    I am little shy now, I almost lost it. Doctors told my wife they almost lost me, I am on blood thinners and when I bleed it's like a stuck pig. That doe was only 120 lbs and I was lucky to see her as she came between two cars and my reaction to be able to hit the kill switch to prevent more damage to me. Even though the bike flipped and I came down on the windshield which broke ribs then I fell onto my left shoulder breaking it. My scalp was folded back and I was bleeding badly from abrasions & cuts. Last thing I did remember after the accident was stepping over to my bike and seeing the doe writhing on the side of the road. I reached for my cell but I had to sit down, so I sat down on the side of the bike and passed out. I then woke up as they were taking me out of the ambulance to the emergency room.

    I did go back to neighbors to gather more info so I could know what happened because a lot in my mind was still foggy. I love wild life but deer are at the bottom for me. I do my hunting at Krogers and really do not have any form of blood lust that must be satisfied by hunting. I used too hunt when I was younger but that was for food on the table since we were poor because my mother divorced my father. My fathers family was affluent and once we moved out of our home to live in Southern Illinois the financial picture changed. Real shocker there!

    I am sure that has been a driving force for my professional life. I worked hard to get where I am now. My life is good now. Reminds me that when we named our Yacht it was 'Life is Good!'. Great times on the water with family and friends. But a lot of hard work to maintain that baby. Money hole in the water. Another story that I may share someday.

    I like to close my posts by the below to extend my attitude and too share;
    Hope this helps.
    Have fun & enjoy!
    Posted 01-19-2015 at 04:48 PM by onebuck onebuck is offline
  4. Old Comment
    Yeah. Bike wrecks can be life changing.

    I survived a 55MPH slamming into a Ford Taurus running the stop sign. I hit the engine side of the car and I was told I flew about 60 feet through the air before landing on the pavement.
    My witnesses were 2 cops on break in the parking lot of a convenience store.

    The car I hit was the girl getting off the job at the convenience store.

    Doctors at FT. Bliss in Elpaso patched up my broken hip, 2 destroyed knees, left shattered ankle,
    broken right heel, both broken feet. I had approx over 380 staples holding me together. The doctors
    were used to fixing airborne parachuting accidents. So I had some skilled mechanics fix me.

    Took about a year to walk without a limp. I ride bicycle to shape me up and stay limber.
    Most bikers I knew that went through what I did either died or committed suicide from the
    pain and meds they were hooked on. I have a good woman that has my back when things are scary in life.

    I pulled the morphine IV out when in ICU. I told the Doc it gave me nightmares and that I'd rather
    deal with the pain. Funny part was. He smiled and said, "Sure. No problem."

    Folks here can desk jockey and harp on the evils of using marijuana. All I have to say it is better than oxycontin and I get around and get things done with/using it.

    You look at my profile onebuck and will see I walk the walk when I talk the talk.
    I am no poser.

    Edit: Nice outside down here.

    Quote:
    $ inxi -W 79772 xx
    Weather: Conditions: 66 F (19 C) - Clear Time: January 20, 12:12 PM CST
    Happy Trailz, Rok
    Posted 01-20-2015 at 01:08 PM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
    Updated 01-20-2015 at 01:15 PM by rokytnji
 

  



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