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What price, beauty? [Nov. 23rd, 2010|08:33 pm]
Kurt Onstad
[Current Music |Destroya - My Chemical Romance]

This morning, before leaving for work, I wrote this via Twitter:

"It snowed about two to three inches last night/this morning. It's gorgeous out."

First off, I'm given to understand that I'm way off on how much it actually snowed. Maybe an inch total at the most. It was still very beautiful; I wish I had a good camera (ooh, Christmas is coming soon. Something to mention to the parents!). But, as it turns out, also dangerous.

I made it almost all the way to work, only two blocks or so to go, when I came up to a stop light, with a truck in front of me. I was only going 10mph or so; I slowly pressed on the brake, and heard a grinding sound. The car was not slowing down at all, so I pumped the brake, as I learned in driver's ed. Still nothing but a sound of metal skipping across metal. And slowly, but surely, I rear ended the truck. Had it been straight bumper against bumper, both vehicles probably would have been fine. But, no, it was bumper against tow joint, so the truck is absolutely fine, but my car has a hole punched through the front license plate and bumper cover. So, that's probably going to set me back 2-300 dollars getting that fixed. Whee!

In more fun news, My Chemical Romance released their new album, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. Awesome! I recommend getting the deluxe version through iTunes for an extra song, a free music video, and behind the scenes pictures and video.
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[User Picture]From: fuzzy_queen
2010-11-24 07:34 am (UTC)
I know that was slow, but are you Ok? How frightening! <3
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2010-11-24 03:52 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, I'm fine, as is the person I hit. The impact was pretty soft, and I had plenty of time to prepare for it...
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[User Picture]From: fuzzy_queen
2010-11-24 03:56 pm (UTC)
Good to know. Take care of you!
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From: loathesome
2010-11-24 08:16 am (UTC)
new music is always fun news!
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[User Picture]From: feileacan23
2010-11-25 03:07 pm (UTC)
I'm glad it was a low speed impact. More glad that you're ok. =)
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2010-11-25 05:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks, me too.
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[User Picture]From: pasajera
2010-11-30 02:18 am (UTC)
Road up here get nasty when it's even just a slight dusting of snow! Glad you are OK, and sorry to hear that the car is more perforated than it should be.
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2010-11-30 02:21 am (UTC)
Thanks. I'm hoping that EMX that everyone along 11th Avenue in Eugene is protesting actually gets built, because then I could take public transportation to work and get there in a reasonable amount of time...
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[User Picture]From: pasajera
2010-11-30 02:46 am (UTC)
HECK YEAH! I love catching a ride home on EmX when I'm too tired to bike the rest of the way back...also very keen on seeing the West 11th extension come through.
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[User Picture]From: silverlily81
2010-12-07 06:02 am (UTC)
Sorry about your car. I'm glad you're okay, though. =) Scary snow! Don't you have those fancy dancey studded tires?
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2010-12-08 11:44 pm (UTC)
It wasn't the tires, it was the brakes themselves, as far as I could tell. I didn't skid, it just wouldn't stop.
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[User Picture]From: silverlily81
2010-12-09 02:48 am (UTC)
Uh oh. So was the snow part of the problem or was it just that you needed a break job?
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2010-12-09 04:59 am (UTC)
Icy roads. I didn't realize how long anti-lock brakes take to slow you down when they fully activate.

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