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Old 09-18-07, 04:45 PM   #1
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Why's my car moving?...NO, NO, NO!

I'm the stupidest, luckiest person on the planet.

Last night I was delivering some pictures and I parked in front of a house on a steep hill, nose of the car facing downward. Did I turn the wheel so the tire would be toed into the curb? No. Did I put the transmission into reverse? No, first gear is enough. Did I trust my crappy little parking brake? Yes.

Got out of the car, shut the door. Went to the passenger's side, pulled out my frames, and made it almost to the front door before I heard something making a clunking noise. What, oh pray tell, could that possibly be? Turned around to hear myself say, "is my car moving--oh **** yes it is!"
Dropped my frames and went running after it. Though I may be able to catch up to it, and couldn't possibly have been me shrieking, nooooo, my voice is nowhere near that shrill.

The car was picking up speed, I wasn't. Just as the visions, of my car plowing itself underneath the Silverado parked about seventy five feet down the road, crystallized in my mind, my car veered into the center of the street. Picking up more speed my car seemed to have its heart set on a mailbox forty or so feet beyond the truck. I felt relief, destroying someone's mailbox is a whole lot cheeper than their car. And when my car brushed the curb it veered back into the street. Yes! I may have even smiled. And then with the car truly hauling ass, reality set in when I realized that in the path of my car was now the end of the street, a well sodded yard, and a beautiful, leaded glass, bay window.
The car hit the curb, sparks flying from the undercarriage, hopped the sidewalk, and into the yard.

Lady luck showed her sense of humor. The tires dug into the sod and the wheel turned until it was at full lock. My car missed the shrubs, missed the bay window, missed the flower beds, it just slowed as it turned into a tight circle and settled, half on half off, of a stranger's driveway.

I continued to run to my car like a little girl, hopped in, and she started right up. Only traces I had been there were a scrape on a curb, and some tire impressions in a yard. Lucky, lucky, lucky. Drove back up the street, parked in the drive this time, gathered my images out of the yard, and knocked on my clients' door. They didn't see any of it, thought I just pulled up, did offer me a glass of water though.

Lucky, lucky, lucky. Didn't mash up my car, didn't mash up someone else's car, nor living room nor end up on the 11:00 news--and I got paid before I left (panting). Someone else want to drive? I'm going to sit here for a while.

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Old 09-18-07, 05:02 PM   #2
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Old 09-18-07, 05:07 PM   #3
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My normal reaction to something like that is to calmly pick up a large rock and use it to pound my chest in hope of restarting my heart.
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Old 09-18-07, 05:10 PM   #5
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Wow, Allen. You are lucky. Guess you'll be using a bike for a bit, eh?
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Old 09-18-07, 05:13 PM   #6
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Lucky there weren't any innocent cyclists around.




Just kidding. Lady luck was with you that day.
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Old 09-18-07, 05:24 PM   #7
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Wow man, incredible. Seriously lucky stuff, must have had some good karma haha.

I've had my old car run away from me twice, both times I was able to get inside and stop it. Pretty amazing that I was able to run that fast and get in, but, no lives in danger (cept my own) but lots of money with a expensive car in my car's path (both times)
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Old 09-18-07, 05:27 PM   #8
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Is it bad that I giggled throughout this whole post?

I've had a lot of close calls, mostly because I was screwing around. My Mazda3, with its itty-bitty skinny tires that were worthless in 2" of snow (and faulty brakes, according to my father) scared the crap outta me, so I don't screw around anymore. Much. Well, sometimes. Okay, I still do it.
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Old 09-18-07, 05:33 PM   #9
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My normal reaction to something like that is to calmly pick up a large rock and use it to pound my chest in hope of restarting my heart.
Had jumper cables in the trunk. Found if you smear some oil off the dipstick (the one from the crank case, I'm not so oily as dipsticks go) it'll improve the electrical contact.

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Old 09-18-07, 05:37 PM   #10
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Is it bad that I giggled throughout this whole post?
Na, I've been giggling maniacally ever since--or it may be a nervous twitch.


And I'm going to rack up the miles on my bike for the foreseeable future.
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Old 09-18-07, 08:15 PM   #11
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well, i think your car deserves a well-earned waxing. and you could vacuum the interior for extra brownie points.

on a side note i had a similar funny story, although not as exciting. some friends gathered at my next door neighbor's house for some beer tasting in mass quantities. they had a very steep curvy driveway. anyway, our pal brad drove a VW bus thingy -named "the twinkie" - and parked it somehwere in the yard. next morning we're all wandering about aimlessly with our hangovers and all and we can't find the bus.

turns out it took off down the driveway sometime that night and made its way across the street and rolled down another steep embankement before coming to rest about 50 yards from a lake. no houses or anything expensive around, but it was funny.

if i'd a been in that thing i woulda crapped myself for sure.

prolly cost him about $60 to get the tow truck to pull it back up the embankment thogh. hehe.
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The driving gods frowned on me tonight for laughing at your mishap. I came within inches of hitting a deer tonight.
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Man that must be a scene. I leave my car in 1st gear(5-speed manual) all the time unless i am at an incline. And i know for a fact my rear brakes will hold her on a hill.
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I once, while honestly believing my truck was NOT running (dang that inline 6 cylinder was smooth), I shifted the truck into first, then proceeded to pop my foot off the clutch. Like, let my foot slip off the side of the pedal and let the spring pop it back as quickly as possible kind of pop it off. Yes, the truck was running. And yes, I was parked within 2 feet of my girlfriend's garage door. My only saving grace - I had been trained to engage the parking brake!
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It must've been fun to be one of the neighbors just happening to look out the window.

A car quietly but quickly glides by, rolling down the hill in reverse. A few moments pass before a man appears, running down the street as fast as he can, arms outstretched, yelling, "F***! F***! F***! F***! F***!" A few more moments pass before the sound of steel hitting concrete and a suspension bottoming out emante from beyond view of the window. Shortly afterward, the obscenity-spewing man sheepishly drives the car back up the hill, eyes bolt-forward to avoid possible eye-contact with any witnesses.
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That is funny...We had a field tech park the van full of expensive electronic monitoring gear, all the doors were open, she put it into what she thought was park and turned the keys to off, well apparently it was in neutral. Did I mention she had stopped on a boat ramp to help the other crew load the boat? Well the van rolled into the Lake Washington ship canal...filled with water all the way to the top...oops.
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That is funny...We had a field tech park the van full of expensive electronic monitoring gear, all the doors were open, she put it into what she thought was park and turned the keys to off, well apparently it was in neutral. Did I mention she had stopped on a boat ramp to help the other crew load the boat? Well the van rolled into the Lake Washington ship canal...filled with water all the way to the top...oops.
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