||05-02-14 07:52 AM
Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver
I have wanted a Jeep for as long as I can remember and used to borrow my sister's 4.0 Cherokee before it got destroyed...
Wife and I had a Jeep Cherokee. Then she became my ex- and kept the Jeep. (I preferred to keep my 3rd gen Honda Civic Si...) Eventually, she gave it to my mentally disabled son. He proceeded to pretty much wreck it through neglect and "custom" "upgrades." Eventually, after a brake caught on fire one time, it needed to go. It was parked in my driveway while being advertised on CL, Uncle Henrys for about $1200. No takers. So he comes by with a tall tale about how he needs it over at his mom's house because a friend of his wants to take a look at buying it (read: he wants to go mudding out on the farm with it).
That night there is a terrible windstorm. Top of a pine tree falls on it, crushing the rear quarter, more like half the car, totalled.
He calls me in a panic to let me know what happened. He's prone to tall tales, so it takes a few sentences before I actually believe him, but the distress in his voice convinces me:
Me: "Well... if you'd left it at our place, it would still be OK."
Me: "So this is basically your fault, since it needed to be over at your place tonight."
Son: "Dad, no!"
Me: "Pretty much -- you parked it under the tree, right? Your fault."
Son: "DAD, NO!!!"
Eventually, after getting done teasing him for a bit, I conceded that it was just stupid luck the tree fell on the car.
Epilogue: Insurance paid $3k on the totaled Jeep. Everyone was happy.