Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Seven Seconds


They say that when you get into an accident your life flashes before your eyes. But it doesn't. There just isn't enough time. But seven seconds is long enough. It was enough time for Hoop to yell "Oh shit!" while he slammed on the brakes and turned the car to impact on his side. It was long enough for my drink to levitate out of my cup and splatter across the dashboard and windshield. It was enough time for me to close my eyes, and for there to be $3,000 worth of damage to Hoop's car.

Fortunately, we're OK. The car and our pride were the only things injured.

We were headed to Universal Studios for the day. It didn't turn out the way we'd planned. I was talking about Friday's post when I looked up and saw the back end of the car in front of us. There had been an accident. People slammed on their brakes. We noticed too late. Not even thirty seconds later, another accident happened behind us. That one involved two SUVs. One had a baby in it. The airbags deployed. No one was hurt. We all stood around, the passengers of six cars, and thought about how screwed our weekend was.

While waiting for the cops, other cars passed. They cheered. They took pictures. One guy mooned us. College kids on the way to the beach. I wanted to hurt them. How can people be so cruel? Hoop and I surveyed the damage. His beautiful new car! It was bleeding coolant on the hot cement, the word "Taurus" tattooed into the front bumper. I wanted to reverse the morning, take the hurt out of Hoop's eyes. Weren't we laughing just a moment ago? Seven seconds. Amazing how everything can turn upside down in so little time.

But what can you do? Life throws you lemons, you make Long Island Iced Tea. You regroup, reprioritize your money, and be grateful that you have someone to lean on.

It still sucks about the car though.


Courtesy of Odd Mix:

REJOICE in the HEAT:


Reggae Sunday


Look at all the people!


I wonder if they charged him admission.

(Random Pictures)

I Spy...


...a Rat Snake.


Think Green


White Oak


Duff's Decapitated Pony


Two For One Special: I'm guest posting over at
Sunshine's today as well. Her computer got zapped and she's down and out for the week. So show the girl some love, since you know she's having withdrawals right now.

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38 Comments:

At 29 May, 2007, Blogger Chelle said...

I am so sorry about Hoop's car, but so thankful that you and Hoop were not hurt in the accident.

Wow, Tink! That post gave me chills. Seven seconds can change a person's life forever, thankfully in your case, it was just a car (although that it devastating in itself).

 
At 29 May, 2007, Blogger Alex said...

Aw man, car accidents SUCK. And yes, yes, thank god everyone is okay. But it still sucks. So sorry.

 
At 29 May, 2007, Blogger Kim: The Mom, The Myth said...

Oh (((Tink and Hoop))). Glad you weren't hurt, but that just stinks. Your poor new car! :(

 
At 29 May, 2007, Blogger Peggy said...

I'm glad you two are okay. That really bites!

I LOVE the photos of the snake and frog!! I would be glad to have that snake around. It eats stuff that I think is worse, RATS and mice.

 
At 29 May, 2007, Anonymous susan said...

I'm so sorry about the pretty new car...that really stinks. ('m glad nobody got hurt, but still...

 
At 29 May, 2007, Blogger fiwa said...

Oh Tink, I'm so sorry about the car. That stinks, but Hoop is my hero for trying to take the damage on his side. I'm so glad you're both ok.

I hope you enjoyed the weekend in spite of that, looks like it was beautiful, from your pictures.

 
At 29 May, 2007, Blogger Newt said...

I'm glad you guys are ok. We need to get that Karma Cow off your ass though. DAMN Girl! You guys really do need a break from the drama. Sheeesh. Hugs to you both.

 
At 29 May, 2007, Blogger captain corky said...

Even though it sucks about the car I'm glad you guys are ok!

I definitely dig your philosophy about making Long Island Ice Teas when life gives you lemons.

 
At 29 May, 2007, Blogger Terri said...

Hey Tink; been checking you out for a couple of weeks. I can sooo relate to this post. Check out my blog and the post called "as if I didn't have enough excitement in my life". Our experiences are very similar and my car is pushing $6000 in damages :o( Its enough to make you want to cry, but glad everyone was okay.

 
At 29 May, 2007, Blogger Tawcan said...

Damn that sucks. Does the insurance cover it?

Good to hear that both of you are ok though.

 
At 29 May, 2007, Blogger eric said...

i feel your pain.

speaking from too much experience ... that crunching metal sound is one of the sickest sounds there is. SHIT!

 
At 29 May, 2007, Blogger Tink said...

Eric: If there's a hell, I think that's the sound you'd constantly hear in it.

Tawcan: Hoop only has liability insurance. The other car is covered. Ours isn't. :(

Newt: I know, right?! I think someone has cursed us.

 
At 29 May, 2007, Blogger DebbieDoesLife said...

That sucks big giant donkey ones. Just glad you guys were okay though.

We just did Universal over Spring Break....it was really fun. Sorry!

 
At 29 May, 2007, Blogger Chris said...

Oh no, only liability? Woe!! *hugs* to you and Hoop - and I am glad you're ok!!

 
At 29 May, 2007, Blogger Scottsdale Girl said...

OH thank god you are both ok!

The one and only car accident I was in afforded me enough time to envision me and my car busting through the guard and careering to a fiery death below. Fortunately the spin on the vehicle made it slam the ass end and that forced the front end to slam and I ended up parallel with the guard. Crying. But only minor bumps and bruises.
And this?
"Life throws you lemons, you make Long Island Iced Tea" --Classic simply classic.

 
At 29 May, 2007, Blogger Scottsdale Girl said...

um careening...careering is a whole nother thing.

 
At 29 May, 2007, Blogger Jay said...

Thank God nobody was hurt.

But, I do have to admit that I would have been one of the people slowing down to take pictures. It wouldn't be anything personal though, I swear! LOL

I hope that snake wasn't hanging around your house!

 
At 29 May, 2007, Blogger Maggie said...

It feels like the longest 7 seconds doesn't it? And the sound - it's a sound you never forget. Poor car. I hope Hoop is feeling ok. I'm glad you guys didn't get hurt.

 
At 29 May, 2007, Blogger Heather said...

So sorry about the car. Glad to hear that you are alright though!!

 
At 29 May, 2007, Blogger meno said...

Ouch! That car is so sad. I'm sorry, that really bites the green burrito.

But maybe the car wanted to be a Taurus. No?

 
At 29 May, 2007, Blogger Mary said...

Oh Tink and Hoop. That blows! Your pretty car :( One day soon it will pretty again!

I'm sorry your weekend didn't go as planned, but I am sooo happy that you two weren't hurt, nor were the others involved.

 
At 29 May, 2007, Blogger Pamer said...

aw geez...glad you guys are ok...what a sh...crummy way to start the weekend

 
At 29 May, 2007, Blogger Mike Y said...

Tink: I'm sorry to hear that. Totally sucks! I'm glad the two of you are fairing better than Duff's pony and are alright.

 
At 30 May, 2007, Blogger Jay said...

I'm really glad you guys are okay. In the end, it's just a car, just a weekend, and you'll have many more to appreciate...but it does make you stop and think, doesn't it?

 
At 30 May, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so glad your are both ok, there really is nothing scarier to go through, but it does make you realise what is important. i hope everything gets sorted out for you. thanks for your reply to my comment yesterday, Leff

 
At 30 May, 2007, Anonymous Lily said...

Damn, you can see taurus! Thats just wrong!

Glad you are ok.
yes, seven seconds can change a life. Wait, I was referring to conceiving my kid.

LAME JOKE! If my hubby ever read blogs Id be in trouble.

 
At 30 May, 2007, Blogger mrspao said...

I'm so glad you are ok!

 
At 30 May, 2007, Blogger spellconjurer said...

I wasn't sure what to write yesterday when I read your post. I felt shocked. I mean it was a great post, with great photos. But the realization that there could possibly even BE a life without a Tink in it? or a Hoop to go with her? As everyone else says, I am so happy that things turned out as well as they did, despite the repairs. Then I was thinking,,how suddenly it didn't matter so much to me that the house is driving you bonkers. I was happy you were around to BE driven bonkers. I'm happy you're not spending days on end in a hospital bed, or sitting next to one that contains Hoop. I know this post was another addition to the endless stresses you have been slammed with. Somehow though I just ended up being grateful. Is that completely backwards? I'm so happy you get to go home every night this week and ponder termites. I'm so glad you get to make dinner, and get the car fixed and maybe even clean up doggie barf. I'm so glad you both are ok. I'm so glad you're both still here. A world without tink, is a world that would never sparkle the same like shells on the beach at night.

 
At 30 May, 2007, Blogger Tink said...

Spellconjurer: Your comment choked me up girl. Life has a funny way of putting things into perspective. I think that's why the rest of our weekend turned out so great. Because suddenly, nothing else mattered. We were grateful to HAVE a weekend, to have each other. Thank you for such a wonderful and heartwarming response. ((HUG))

Lily: I couldn't believe it when I saw it. My Mom asked what kind of car we'd hit and all I had to do was send her that picture. Talk about a LASTING impression.

Debbie: Glad you had a good time in Universal. You bitch. ;D

Thank you all for your comments! I'm so very lucky to have such awesome friends like you.

 
At 30 May, 2007, Blogger Lefty said...

I LOVE decapitated ponies.

Also, sorry about the car!

 
At 30 May, 2007, Anonymous Michelle said...

Whew! You're okay and that's all that matters. Sorry 'bout the car, Hoop. :o(

Love the decapitated rainbow bright doggie ponie.

 
At 30 May, 2007, Blogger mamatulip said...

OMG, I'm so, so sorry. I'm glad everyone is okay, but FUCK man, that just sucks. Royally.

I can't get over the people that passed and cheered. People are so fucked up.

 
At 30 May, 2007, Anonymous TB said...

I'm so glad you are both okay. It does suck about the car though. It sucks donkey balls.
Hang in there.

 
At 31 May, 2007, Blogger Orhan Kahn said...

Sorry to read about the car :(

I like the picture of white oak.

 
At 31 May, 2007, Blogger Edge said...

It always fascinates me to hear what people think just before they hit another car. My friend thought, "Oh man, I just bought those burritos." My thought was, "Yep, ... gonna hit him."

What was your thought?

~Jef

 
At 31 May, 2007, Blogger Tink said...

Edge: I think it was, "Where'd that come from?" Because the only thing I saw when I looked up was the back end of the car in front of us.

 
At 31 May, 2007, Blogger Katie said...

Your picture of Reggae Sunday reminded me of the Fourth of July at Baltimore's Inner Harbor. It smells like BO and there are so many people you can't move. I hate it - it freaks me out.

I liked your picture of the white oak, though. And sorry about your car, Hoop. Glad you both are OK.

 
At 03 June, 2007, Blogger EE said...

Oh man, that SUCKS!

(((Hoops car)))

Like you said, at least you guys were ok, but still....sucks...

 

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