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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

An accident waiting to happen

Today (actually, it was over a week ago but Halloween has got me BUSY!) I drove the kids to school. I pulled out of the school parking lot and happily switched from the Jonas Brothers to my favorite AM talk radio station. I was tooling along in my p.j.'s and engrossed in a discussion on credit default swaps when a personalized license plate caught my attention. And it wasn't one of the obvious ones like MOMEBUS, either. Innnnteresting.

I missed some of the letters as the car sped by. Frustrated, I fixed my gaze on the image of the license plate in my rear view mirror. I was intrigued and wanted to get the letters committed to memory. But then I had to slam on the breaks to keep from rear ending the car that had stopped abruptly in front of me. After I caught my breath I said a quick prayer of thanksgiving for the fact that I had not plowed into someone while driving around in my p.j.s and obsessing over license plates. No one would have been hurt as I wasn't going fast at all, but can you imagine me trying to explain how it happened while standing there in my p.j.'s (I know, I know. Maybe I should learn something from this p.j business.)?! That's the kind of stupidity that haunts you for all of eternity.

And then I got annoyed. This is the second time in the last couple weeks that I have almost caused an accident. Last time I was cruising down the highway at a cool 55 m.p.h. I was not in my p.j.'s. I caught movement out of the corner of the eye, and turned my head slightly to locate the source. Hanging from the ceiling of my car about 6 inches from my face was a ginormous spider. Seriously.



Now I am not normally bothered by spiders. But having it right there in my face? Ack. I freaked out, swatted at it, and watched in slow motion as it fell from it's tenuous string of silk and landed right on my chest. At this point I am shrieking, and swerving, and smacking myself with all of my might. I think I squashed it but I couldn't actually see it, so I kept smacking and added some foot stomping for good measure. I wasn't taking any chances that it had fallen on the floor, and was preparing an assault on my legs. Fortunately, no one else was on the road. I had certainly done a poor job of staying in my lane, and I was down to about 35 m.p.h. by the time I finished my freak-out and got my foot back on the pedal.

And thank goodness no one else was in the car. It's bad enough when life throws a zinger. Most of the time I respond appropriately. But when I don't the last thing I need is a witness....

7 comments:

Ryan and Michelle Wagner said...

Holy crap!!! Did you just read Cordy's latest post??!!! I am freaking out BECAUSE I actually talked to her!!! HA!! Now I am laughing because we have exchanged a few emails in the past week! Ha! I can't believe this!!! hehhehe Just thought you would get a laugh out of this. Lord knows I am howling!!

dateam2112@yahoo.com said...

That is hilarious! I just wanted to say that I love your blog!!!! I lurk all the time, but had to pop in to give you props. I LOL at this one!!

Anonymous said...

So what was the license plate that almost caused your accident? You didn't tell us if you figured it out!

aGibby said...

That is so funny! Have you ever had a bee fly in while driving? Talk about an accident waiting to happen.

:) said...

Spill it! Spill it! What was the license plate!!

notarygirl said...

HAHA! I am a lurker too! I am so bad about leaving comments, but I check this blog almost everyday... and I am curious, too, about the license plate! Did you figure it out?!

Anonymous said...

It WOULD be entertaining to know the license plate! I AM curious!