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20 November 2004 @ 05:31 pm
When anyone asks why my word count today sucks...  
When we were first looking at this house, my husband and I were very much taken by the lovely, wooded property, the charming stone fireplace, the many windows and hardwood floors. Oddly, one of the selling points we were not told about was the propensity for people to run their cars off the road at the base of the driveway.

This happened when bunnymcfoo was visiting this summer. A car, coming down the hill and into the turn, skidded into the ditch along the opposite side (my side) of the road, then back across and into a tree in the neighbor's yard across the street. She was shaken but unharmed. I did get to meet Betty and George (I think it was George, anyway), our neighbors two houses up the road.

Tonight, as I was sitting down to write, I heard a resounding crash. Looking out my front window, I saw a car at the end of my driveway. I grabbed the portable phone, shoved my feet into hiking boots and ran out. A young girl had been coming down the hill, totally spun around and ended up on the small rock wall at the end of my drive, facing the opposite direction. My mailbox was uprooted and totalled. My neighbor across the street had better luck. His was knocked off, but can be remounted. Anyway, not a minute after I got outside, a truck stopped. It was the girl's dad, who happened to be driving by. He made sure his daughter was okay, called a tow truck, and we settled down to wait.

This time, I got to meet my neighbor from across the street. He's a very nice guy. We all chatted as we waited for the tow truck (which took FOREVER); I really ought to have worn a coat. My hands are still icy. But, at last, a police car arrived. He did all the paperwork, then came to ask for my info, as property damage would be listed in the police report. He was great. So nice, very chill. Turns out he was the one Don dealt with not long ago. The tow truck arrived at last. It took quite a while to lever the car off of the wall. "Well," I said as we stood watching, "looks like we don't have to cut down that tree that was blocking our view from the driveway." Sure enough, the car neatly uprooted it for us.

The cop smiled. "You find the silver lining in everything?"

I shrugged. "Mostly."

And really, something like this... what else are you going to do? No one was hurt. Mailboxes can be replaced (and the girl's dad is buying us a new one and coming to put it up tomorrow, so yay!). Only thing is, my neighbor has lived her for five years, and seen four accidents. Don and I are going to approach the town about putting some serious signage up warning about that turn.

And now to heat up Morrocan chicken stew. Then write. Honestly, as soon as my hands thaw out.
I feel: coldcold
Sarah: Orli yaykachi113 on November 20th, 2004 03:59 pm (UTC)
I'm very glad that everyone's alright, but I definitely did giggle at the part about the mailbox.

I've never before heard anyone refer to their mailbox as 'totalled'. I had this strange image of you driving your mailbox.
Kelladyjoust on November 20th, 2004 05:07 pm (UTC)
Well, the back was blown clear out of it, and the door? Bent beyond repair. The bottom is twisted, too, so... nobody will be driving that mailbox anywhere.
Adrienne C.adrienne429 on November 20th, 2004 05:56 pm (UTC)
have to say it again
"nobody will be driving that mailbox anywhere."

I'm sure I've told you this before, but I just get a big kick out of reading whatever you write. Fact or fiction.
Kelladyjoust on November 20th, 2004 06:17 pm (UTC)
Re: have to say it again
Thank you. It helps a lot to hear that, actually. I'm clawing my way out of my huge word-count gap. And I do mean HUGE.

To know that someone thinks that every word I write doesn't necessarily suck is a big ol' boost to the spirit.
Annephloxyloxy on November 20th, 2004 05:36 pm (UTC)
That's kinda scary, especially since it isn't even winter yet. Imagine what it'll be like with lots of ice and snow!
Sarah: Orli yaykachi113 on November 20th, 2004 07:00 pm (UTC)
This is completely random and unrelated, but I re-noticed the picture of you on Sheroes today- What do you ride on up at the NY Faire? I think it was a sand arena at our Faire...
Kelladyjoust on November 20th, 2004 07:11 pm (UTC)
It's a mixture of sand and regular dirt. Most of which has been washed away in too many days of crazy rain. It's pretty hard, now, and is not all that comfortable to do falls on.

I just looked at that pic again... ::sigh:: Well, my horse looks darned cute!
moileaflette on November 21st, 2004 04:01 pm (UTC)
Glad everything turned out well and that you're getting a new mailbox...

I must come see you for a few days sometime. Your meals sound marvelous. ;) You're always making something yummy!
Kelladyjoust on November 21st, 2004 05:11 pm (UTC)

Hon, if you want to come visit, do but let me know! I'm not in Ren Faire madness at the present, so I could actually be a decent host. Poor Jessa. I fear she didn't get optimum Mari while she was here.
Ilena Ayalanetsearcher on November 21st, 2004 04:54 pm (UTC)
Depending on why people are running off the road, you may want to ask for more than signage. I don't know if grooved pavement or a guardrail is in order for that area. (Certainly signs would be a less expensive starting point.)

One thing you may want to do is see if you can find out from the village police about the other accidents that occured there. If you can show a pattern of what conditions they occur under, it may direct what type of sign to put up ('15mph around turn', 'slippery when wet', 'slow down or yer gonna CRASH like all the others') or what. The police themselves may have some insights as to what would be helpful.

But first things first! NaNo away! :)