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12 February 2009

Nice while it lasted

WARNING: Not for the soft-hearted!

Well, I've had my car about 2½ months now. I've really enjoyed all the little luxuries my last car lacked. All that came to an abrupt halt Saturday night. DS and I took a long day trip over to the ocean coast to do some birding and around midnight, the white line fever got to be too much for me, so we switched seats in Perry. Now between Perry and home, there's about a 50 mile stretch of black nothingness. I perked up a little when we started seeing deer grazing offsides. This was not unusual, but there did seem to be a lot more than we normally see out there. And there was fog. The thickest fog I've ever seen. It would roll down over us, slide back up, then cover us again. DS is a pretty good driver and I know I'm a horrible passenger, so I tried not to mention how much slower I'd be driving.

If I ever wondered how anything could 'just come out of nowhere', I won't ever again. It was like slow motion. Suddenly there was a huge deer face looking at us from the front left corner. It seemed, in that instant, that all motion stopped. Then there must have been a THUD. (My memory's a bit hazy on that point). It didn't sound or feel so bad. The deer vanished just as suddenly as he'd appeared. (I asked DS where he went, then decided I really didn't want to know). The odd thing was that each moment seemed like a separate still-life picture. DS let off the gas, then drove on as he realized the car was driveable and nothing could be done for the poor creature. There was no sense in stopping in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night. So we kept going, me in tears, knowing I'll never forget that face, the car with one lopsided bright headlight left functioning.

I couldn't bring myself to even look at the damage for three days. Before the tow truck came yesterday afternoon, I went out and took some pictures. It was worse than I imagined. The more cracks and dents I found, the more I felt like crying again. Honestly, I hope they total it. We have a $500 deductible to scrape up if they fix it. And, considering how the economy keeps going, we could do without those car payments. (Speaking of which, why on earth are gas prices rising? And why is nobody complaining?!)


Island Rider said...

Wow! That's alot of damage. I am sorry for the deer, but even sorrier for you. Praying for you!

BParrish said...

I'm so sorry! That's quite a bit of damage. When will you find out from the adjustor what they will estimate the damages for? (Wow, that's terrible grammar)

Sayre said...

Oh, that's awful... I hate that stretch between Perry and you at night - very scary for that very reason. I had a deer appear out of nowhere in front of the Burt Thomas Store on W'vlle highway (in the fog). Took out my front quarter light too, but he'd cleared the road - I was going slow - and he just kicked me for spite! I think that deer had been around the block a couple of times.

Graceanne Grateful said...

Oh, I am so sorry about your car, Sophie (and sorry for the deer too of course). I know it must be heart-breaking to have that happen to your brand new car.
A deer ran out right into the SIDE of my daughter's & son-in-law's car on our little country road a few months ago. (& they were going slow!)
- I couldn't believe how much damage it did to their car.
You are in my prayers.
In Jesus' love,
Graceanne :)

SophieMae said...

IslandRider, thanks ever so for the prayers, sweet thang! 8-]

Brenda, we thought for sure they would total it, sonce the estimate came back for just under $4400! But reckon they'll be fixing it. They say it'll take 2 weeks.

Sayre, that stretch is awful, ain't it?! And we almost always hit it really late. If I have to drive it, I have to do all sorts of wild things to uncross my eyes.

GraceAnne, believe it or not, deer are considered the most deadly animal in America. Honestly, I'm heartsick over the deer more than the car. For a country gal, I'm way too soft-hearted. 8-\

SwampAngel65 said...

Oh, you poor thing! Thank God, I haven't struck a deer yet, but I know it can happen. I get nervous when I see even one of them off the side of the road at night. Definitely makes me drive slower.

That's some pretty bad damage! I just pray that the deer didn't suffer long. Oh...such a scary and sad thing. Sorry it happened to you and DS!

Hootin' Anni said...

Hmmmmmmm, it makes you want to cry, doesn't it?

Thanks for visiting me and viewing my Photo Hunt blog yesterday!!

CHEF TROLL said...

There's some thick and SUDDEN fog this time of year. Glad you're not hurt. Here's something you might want to put in Florida Factoid that I'm using for Mute Monday.Why would the fine lads from KENTUCKY Military Academy be a FLORIDA factoid? Open the link and see: