Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Why iPods Are Bad.

About five minutes ago, a lunatic in what I presume was a stolen pickup truck, came screaming down the sidewalk. I had time to turn, register what was happening and run like fuckin' hell. The truck missed me by a matter of maybe two feet, careened through an intersection, leapt the far curb and demolished the large brick sign at the entrance to my building. One of the witnesses said if I'd been wearing headphones, I'd have been under a sheet. I have to agree, if someone less agile had been in my place they'd be dead. While I wait for my hands to stop shaking and my heartrate to descend back to double digits I think I'll go have a wash.

12 comments:

stageleft said...

Well that is just not good PSA, I am hoping that if the cops were not there you went over and spoke to the driver words of violent wisdom.

Frank Frink said...

Dude! Just glad to hear you're OK.

psa said...

the young gent piloting the vehicle leapt from his perh and hoofed it. the high speed pursuers in their matching cars with the light shows arrived post haste to join the fun. to the best of my knowledge the peace officers apprehended the fellow and i would have been very happy to look the other way if they decided to assist in his compliance by means of taser.

Beijing York said...

Hope you've recovered from that close call PSA. What a shocking experience.

In the summer, a cross walk that I frequent when I run errands was the scene of an inexplicable disaster. A driver zoomed out of the Library underground parking lot, careening full speed in the wrong direction, clipped a few cars and knocked out two pedestrians who were crossing with the right of way. The two older men were pronounced dead shortly after the accident. (They were from a northern FN and in town for medical appointments...)

I was shocked. I easily could have been there since it took place about the time of day I am usually thereabouts. Given how bad drivers are around here, I am always very careful and leery. Too many cars have driven full speed through red lights when people were about to step onto the cross walk.

Boris said...

Glad to read you're alright. Might be an idea to take it easy for the night at least. I've had one or two close calls in the past, and I've found taking some time to breathe and process once the adrenalin wears off is wise.

sooey said...

I got caught with my arms full of groceries between a prostitute in a parking lot near my apartment and a couple of yahoos in a pickup truck creating a dust storm in ever widening circles. It was terrifying. Then they roared into traffic without looking and sped down the street. Gawd. WHERE ARE THE POLICE WHEN THESE THINGS HAPPEN?!

I'm glad you're okay, psa. Scary stuff.

sooey said...

Oh, I see the police were there. Gee, and probably caused the crazy driving..

Okay. Nevermind.

Romantic Heretic said...

Glad you're okay.

KEvron said...

"i would have been very happy to look the other way if they decided to assist in his compliance by means of taser."

dude. what. huh?

KEvron

Chimera said...

Glad you're able to write about it. It's heart-hammering, ain't it?

Jus' betwixt us, I'd have had to do more than a wash. Or maybe not, since I'm not what you'd call "agile."

Mike said...

Holy cow.

Man, a song...I sense a song coming out of this.

It would be a bitter irony that people would listen to it on their iPods....

thwap said...

You're still up fer saturday nite, rite??

Oh wow, my word recognition thingy is "diedomp"