Out of the Blue

First off, happy birthday to MrsBlue, as my better half turns 29 today. As described below, I got her an unusual present.

So the payoff on my cliffhanger Into the Black last night is my first-ever auto accident. I was driving on the Taconic State Parkway yesterday afternoon after running an errand. This road is infamous due to the way it intersects local streets. It is also the scene of the notorious 2009 Taconic State Parkway crash that MrsBlue and I drove past. I was approaching one of the weird intersections that makes the Taconic so dangerous. The road is two lanes in each direction, with a median in-between, and there were cars waiting in the median at a stop sign to cross our lane and continue on a local road. It was only when I was ridiculously close to the intersection that the driver waiting at the front of the line made his move and pulled out right in front of me. It was a genuine wtf moment, as I couldn't have been more than 30 feet out when he did this. I leaned on the horn and stood on the brake pedal, but I instantly knew it was a lost cause, and I was just going to have to eat it. I t-boned him, and coasted onto the shoulder. His car spun and hit an SUV that was waiting to cross the intersection in the opposite direction.

The airbags went off in all three vehicles, but thankfully no one was seriously hurt. Ironically, the car that's the least likely to be a total loss is the guy who caused the crash. I obliterated his rear passenger door, but that's about it for him. The SUV took it on the nose, which damaged the radiator. But my car bore the brunt of it. The nose is pushed into the engine, the hood is crumpled, both front quarter panels are trashed, and the body is bent enough that it's hard to work the doors. The bot on the insurance company website says it thinks it can be repaired, but no one has inspected it yet, and I am dubious. Amid the misfortune here, I did have one stroke of luck. There was a cop waiting at the intersection in an unmarked vehicle. He was out of jurisdiction, but it means I have a reliable witness. To his credit, the guy I hit took full responsibility anyway. Interestingly, he was a cop himself, but he mentioned that later as an aside, so he wasn't looking for special treatment. The State Trooper who responded to the crash told me he had been issued a citation, and that would be sufficient proof for my insurance company that I was not at fault.

And while no one was badly hurt, I took the worst of it physically by far. I came out of it with a sore left arm, some scrapes/burns on my right wrist from the airbag, and some bad bruising to the right side of my ribcage. My arm only bothered me a bit at first, and I refused to go to the hospital (these people clearly didn't understand I was heading home to make an update here!). But the pain proceeded to worsen. Well, so did my whole body. As the EMT warned, the aches and pains came on pretty hard over the evening. But the arm is the only real concern. While I can rotate it and wiggle my fingers, I can't bend it fully without pain, and it's pretty weak and useless. Red tape prevented them from being able to X-Ray me at the urgent care place we visited later (apparently you need a "no fault compliance" specialist for care related to auto accidents). So I'll go back there today and try and figure out if I have a weird nondisplaced fracture or something. It's actually a little better now, so I'm guessing I just hyperextended my elbow bracing for impact. But dammit Jim, I'm a webmaster, not a doctor! Anyway, this all serves as a reminder of how much safer cars are now than they used to be. If I'd had this accident 35 years ago before mandatory airbags, I'd have probably been killed.

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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 17, 2021, 14:19
Kxmode
 
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 Kxmode
 
Tom wrote on Jun 17, 2021, 10:39:
Glad you're ok, Blue! Whew.

Kxmode wrote on Jun 17, 2021, 02:44:
That a police officer caused the accident is the worse.
The most unsafe pass I've experienced while bicycling was by a police car. He gave me plenty of room but chose to pass right before a crest with no visibility. Turned out there was a car coming from the other direction at just the wrong time. No collision but he probably gave them a good scare. All he had to do was wait a few seconds and he could've seen what was over the crest...

To quote Judge Dredd, "I never broke the law, I AM THE LAW!"
"What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient... highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it is almost impossible to eradicate."
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Glad your ok man!
Jun 17, 2021, 13:17
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Glad your ok man! Jun 17, 2021, 13:17
Jun 17, 2021, 13:17
 
If you hadn't hit the breaks when you did it could have been a lot worse! I hope your arm gets better! I hope you take his insurance to the cleaners.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 17, 2021, 10:48
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Jun 17, 2021, 10:48
 
That's odd.
Who would have guessed wearing a blue suit and badge at your job doesn't make you a defensive, accident free driver.
- I refer to it as BC, Before Corona, and AD, After Disaster. -
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 17, 2021, 10:39
Tom
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Tom
 
Glad you're ok, Blue! Whew.

Kxmode wrote on Jun 17, 2021, 02:44:
That a police officer caused the accident is the worse.
The most unsafe pass I've experienced while bicycling was by a police car. He gave me plenty of room but chose to pass right before a crest with no visibility. Turned out there was a car coming from the other direction at just the wrong time. No collision but he probably gave them a good scare. All he had to do was wait a few seconds and he could've seen what was over the crest...
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Jun 17, 2021, 10:24
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Jun 17, 2021, 10:24
 
Damnation.....very happy to hear that the airbags did their job and you're relatively no worse for wear.
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Jun 17, 2021, 04:02
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Re: Out of the Blue Jun 17, 2021, 04:02
Jun 17, 2021, 04:02
 
So much for jdreyer's theory that Blue won the lottery. I guess he got lucky that he didn't get seriously injured.

Dark humour aside, get better Blue and maybe the silver lining is that you can gift yourself (and Mrs. Blue) a new car!
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 17, 2021, 02:49
Kxmode
 
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Jun 17, 2021, 02:49
 Kxmode
 
Excellent review by Doctor John Campbell about the vaccine appearing to provide long-term protection. At the beginning of the video, he also briefly talked about why in China the vaccine appears to be correctly administered. I don't know there was a "correct" way. I thought, poke the needle into the deltoid muscle and call it a day. But there appears to be a solid reason for doing it the way he describes it.
"What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient... highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it is almost impossible to eradicate."
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 17, 2021, 02:44
Kxmode
 
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Jun 17, 2021, 02:44
 Kxmode
 
Oh wow, Stephen! That's terrible news. I'm happy everyone survived. My experience over the past 15 years is that drivers have gotten considerably worse and more aggressive (at least where I live in California). That a police officer caused the accident is the worse. Sorry about your car. If there's a missed day of Blue's News, it is understandable. I hope our collective donations and advertisement income helps with the medical stuff.
"What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient... highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it is almost impossible to eradicate."
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Jun 17, 2021, 02:18
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Re: Out of the Blue Jun 17, 2021, 02:18
Jun 17, 2021, 02:18
 
Good to hear you're reasonably OK. It sounds like if that's sort of a notorious driving area, I'd invest in a dashcam for the car.
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Jun 16, 2021, 23:43
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Jun 16, 2021, 23:43
 
Feel better Blue! Glad no one was seriously hurt
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Jun 16, 2021, 23:31
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Re: Out of the Blue Jun 16, 2021, 23:31
Jun 16, 2021, 23:31
 
Glad you're ok. You said described below about an unusual present you got MrsBlue...but I dont see it....unless you meant a crumpled car and a bruised husband.
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Whew glad no one was badly hurt.
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Considering it's a sub-orbital flight, that would be hard to do.
"The only way anyone can live in peace is if they're prepared to forgive." - The Doctor
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Jun 16, 2021, 19:07
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Jun 16, 2021, 19:07
 
Enjoy your 2nd chance, and make sure you get ok.
And HB to Mrs Blue !

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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 16, 2021, 18:48
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So glad you're ok Blue.. hopefully that was the last WTF moment for a while..
and happy 29th to your Mrs Blue..
heck 35 years ago your better half could have been your own upper or lower half

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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 16, 2021, 18:27
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Glad to hear you and everyone else involved in that accident are ok. Scary stuff.
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Jun 16, 2021, 17:55
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Jun 16, 2021, 17:55
 
China, Russia Team Up for a Space Race With the U.S.

Step 1: Steal the plans for Starship and Falcon from SpaceX
Step 2: ???
Step 3: Profit!
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Jun 16, 2021, 17:52
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Happy birthday to Mrs.Blue, and absoutely yes what a stellar gift to receive.

You had a multi-decade clean sheet, Blue, which is a pretty amazing run. Sending positive vibes, and may you and all impacted find well-being soon.
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Jun 16, 2021, 17:42
 
Glad you're okay blue and that the person involved seems reasonable. Nothing like having to deal with someone who wont take responsibility for their actions.
Happy B'Day to your better half.
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Jun 16, 2021, 17:32
 
Hey, where can I get some of the cue-cards that Biden was using during his meeting with Putin? That is a fantastic idea. Thanks Joe!
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