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October 4th, 2010
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A near thing.
Some of you know I live in an apartment complex off a semi-busy street on a hill. I have heard squealing tires from that direction, in fact.


Today, those tires were behind me.

I had been sitting (stopped!) for several seconds, waiting for traffic to clear in the other lane so I could turn left, when I hear the squealing. I admit, my first though was to brace myself (having been rear ended before). I even had enough time to think about what having my car totalled would mean to me right now. I missed seeing the car in my rearview, but saw it going around me, up on the curb.


If the car had been RIGHT behind me, I would be examining my own actions very carefully, wondering if I had really started the turn signal in time, or if I stopped too fast or any of a number of things.

But it wasn't. That car couldn't even have crested the hill behind me when I first stopped. The driver had the WHOLE DAMN HILL to notice me, but s/he obviously didn't.


I am just glad they decided risking their tires was a better bet than slamming into me.

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From:clevermanka
Date:October 4th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
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o_O

I am so glad you weren't hit.

I almost hit a State Trooper this morning when I was running errands before work. He turned left out of a parking lot right in front of me.

WTF.
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From:solan_t
Date:October 4th, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
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I know what it means. It means today is a bad day to be driving.
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From:clevermanka
Date:October 4th, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
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For. Real.
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From:solan_t
Date:October 4th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
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There's a coil conservation job that looks interesting. Of course it's "statewide" so lord knows where it would be based.


Looking at the listings specifically for Lawrence I can only sigh. Maybe my mother was right and I should study nursing....
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From:solan_t
Date:October 5th, 2010 12:13 am (UTC)
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You are the second person to mention that position to me, but I don't see it on the list. Perhaps I filtered wrong, or something.
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From:affreca
Date:October 5th, 2010 12:30 am (UTC)
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What's your search radius? It pops up on the top of the list if I search for tax and Lawrence with a 50 mile radius.
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From:solan_t
Date:October 5th, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)
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20 miles (which is default as far as I can tell) That would do it, I guess.
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From:affreca
Date:October 5th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
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On job hunt stuff, you interested in a JoCo shopping run Thursday? I don't have a suit that fits me anymore.
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From:solan_t
Date:October 5th, 2010 03:05 am (UTC)
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Sure, I just have to be back in Lawrence by about 3 (switched Thomas days this week)
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From:graydown
Date:October 5th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
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I'm so glad you're ok. I've seen a few nasty-looking wrecks on that hill (always with everyone up and walking around, thankfully).
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From:roseconnelly
Date:October 5th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
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This is why I don't run in the street, even though as far as impact from my feet, it would be better. If I was impacted by a car, I lose all the benefits of street running.

I turned the corner at 15th and Monterey on the way home today and observed the line of cars sitting at the red light. Two were talking on their cell phones, one was I guess texting or reading email or something --aka, looking down at her lap--and two were actually just sitting there, watching the light and road. So, two out of five were actually paying full attention. One of them *may* look up when it was time to start driving, but I guarantee the two non-headset talkers would not stop talking.
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From:ryltar
Date:October 5th, 2010 01:50 pm (UTC)
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I had a similar situation happen to me a few years ago with two differences. I was actually hit and I was riding a scooter. I was trying to turn left onto Michigan (little further down the road from where you were past Emery). Person wasn't paying attention and hit the scooter. I was and that is the only reason I wasn't injured except for skinned palms from abandoning the scooter for the safer (at the time) oncoming traffic lane.
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From:solan_t
Date:October 5th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
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OMG!
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From:silverfae
Date:October 5th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
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Boy, me too! (glad they went onto the curb)

Yikes.
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From:rabid_bookwyrm
Date:October 6th, 2010 11:31 am (UTC)
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I was rear-ended like that once. Slow, stop. Pause... WHAM! I'm glad he chose the path of fewer collisions, and I'm also glad there weren't any bicyclists or pedestrians where he chose to go instead of your bumper, because it sounds like slim chances he'd have spotted them.
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From:solan_t
Date:October 6th, 2010 01:11 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, pretty much.
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