My pal MrCoffee recently joined the ranks of licensed drivers, or re-joined, as
he had been licensed in the past as he'd managed to let his license lapse
(people who don't live in New York City have a hard time believing how easily
one can survive without one), and we were up at our buddy Devicer's when it was proposed we take a drive so he could practice driving his rented
Jetta. I'm not going to try and recreate what happened next, since I didn't see
it, and Devicer's description of what he saw in his rear-view consisted of a lot
of "oh-nos!" Basically MrCoffee hit a gravel patch and ended up skidding
across the (thankfully empty) oncoming traffic lane managing to come to a halt
in the opposite shoulder without hitting the sheer rock wall it abutted. Far
from being an indictment of his car, which I think was most guilty of being shod
with crappy stock tires, this incident serves as quite a testament to German
engineering, as before he managed to come to a halt, MrCoffee managed to total a
street sign and (get this) a 25-foot tall tree, while emerging shaken, but
completely unharmed, with the Jetta suffering from little more than a couple of
scratches and some lost minor plastic bits. As we assessed the situation and it
became apparent that this was a far more minor accident than it appeared at
first, I walked over to see what the sign that was knocked over was supposed to
be telling people, which was, naturally, 'no parking or stopping at any time.' Doh!
Play Time: This guy's got moves!!!
Flash required. Thanks Brendan Reville.
Story of the Day: Police hunt 'criminal' chimp.
Thanks Uncle Skeeby.
Story of the Day II: NPR Button Loose Lips, Again.
Wild Science: Laser propels plane.