It was a dark and cloudy morning.
It was a dark:30 morning.
Or just begin?
“N o o o o o o o,” I whispered.
The thud vibrated through my decelerating car as it came to a complete stop. I heard the items on the front passenger seat slide to the floor.
I sat there shaking, adrenaline-fueled and yet caffeine-depleted. If only I had finished that cup of coffee because then I would have been two minutes later. NAH! Four minutes with a pit stop before leaving.
Shaking, I unfastened my seat belt and grabbed my phone. I was in desperate need of the flashlight app. “Where is it? Have I used it on this phone?” I wondered.
Completely dark and silent . . . not a sound greeted me as I emerged from my Pontiac Vibe.
As I pushed the home button on my phone, it lit up the morning darkness.
“Could be worse!”
No metal touching the tire.
Frame still looks square. (I think)
Cardboard-y inner wheel well-lining is drooping some.
Enough to be harmful?
Do I really have any?
Check for fluids?
. . . Is it possible? . . . Driveable? . . .
Less than a minute has passed since I began my inspection, but the weight of worry made it feel like an hour. “Oh, man, going to be late today and here I was already a bit panicky about the two hour trip!”
Possible options flashed through my mind in milli-seconds.
Nice to Dos.
Ulimately . . .
Off . . . and running. In 15 minutes a pit stop in a well-lit convenience store, another quick inspection, dripping fluid???
Ah, just from the windshield wiper fluid reservoir that is visibly cracked.
Drive, drive, drive, drive and an hour and thirty minutes later . . . at work.
I survived three of these with only one involved in my incident as they casually sauntered across the road as if they owned it.
Now, the repair task for the damage caused by this critter (who, yes, walked away) owned by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (at any rate that is who issues the hunting licenses)!
Insurance claims! Yay! FUN! (not)
Tufts of deer hair in the car frame CAN ruin a very positive attitude!
The good news . . . yes, the car is driveable! And I made it to my day of professional development okay – a bit rattled, YES! But okay!
Unexpected damage to the front passenger quarter panel, hood, and front, and passenger door that does not open . . . TODAY, an extra cup of coffee and daylight before I leave!
What unexpected events have you handled lately?
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