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September 15th, 2004


Today on the way into work, I got bumped. It wasn’t a screeching-tire-metal-on-metal type thing, but I did hear his tires skid a bit on the wet surface and then got a nice little jolt as I was sitting at a stop light.

I turned around and gave him the requisite “What the fu[dge]?” but this guy was totally clueless to the fact he had even bumped me. He was an older gentleman in a white Cadillac, distracted by something on his passenger seat. When I thought he was looking up, I put on my turn signal, expecting him to follow me over to the side of the road, but the light turned green and he just kept going.

I checked my bumper and there was only a light scuffmark on it, so he didn’t hit me terribly hard, but even at that slow speed it was enough to jolt me and make my neck a little achy.

Today, Hump Day has become Bump Day.

Posted in Cars

FROM: Paul [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday September 15, 2004 -- 10:14:54 am
Same thing happened to me a number of years back. I was in a turn lane, waiting, and saw this car coming up behind me. My first thought? "She's not stopping." She didn't. I got nudged a bit and did the turn around (out the window!)

I was turning into a parking lot, so I fully expected her to pull next to me and discuss her poor driving. But no - she kept going. Older woman in a big Cadillac, as well.

Is that a "hit and run," technically?

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday September 15, 2004 -- 11:36:36 am
How weird is this? I nearly got hit by a older person today...driving a white....Cadillac. Too freaky. Mine was nearly a head on collision, though.

I was waiting to make a (legal) U-Turn at a traffic light. When the left turn arrow (as well as the green for through traffic) turned green, I slowly started my U-Turn, only to find a White Cadillac slowly crusing through the intersection right towards me. By slow, I mean 30mph in a 50mph road, so it was fast enough to do some damage.

I quickly stopped in mid-turn and let him pass by, running the red light and everything, with him never even knowing I was there. Seriously, what is with old people and Cadillacs?

FROM: David
DATE: Wednesday September 15, 2004 -- 12:54:36 pm
Four years ago I was driving a white Cadillac when someone (going about 20 to 30 m.p.h.) hit me from behind so hard he pushed my car into the truck in front of me. Needless to say, everone got out to "discuss" the situation.
I now drive a black Cadillac, and want to say in defense of Cadillac drivers everywhere: We're not all old.

FROM: Chris
DATE: Wednesday September 15, 2004 -- 12:55:34 pm
Old people shouldn't be allowed to drive, they are a menance.

I'm kidding - well not really. I would like to see annual testing of senior citizens - their abilities do tend to degenerate quickly.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Wednesday September 15, 2004 -- 1:22:25 pm
The new MINI got bashed in our own driveway last week. We are the second driveway off of a major road and people use our driveway to turn around in when they figure out they are going the wrong way. Some lady came in a big SUV and bumped the back of the car, turned around and took off. I don't know if she knew she hit the car or not. Maybe she felt a slight tap--the problem is, the SUV front bumper is high enough to clear the MINIs rear bumper (especially when the rear of the SUV is still in the apron). She may have thought she just touched the MINIs bumper, but instead she left a nice big dent right beneath the license plate. She was gone before I could get her license number.

Here's to SUVs!!

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday September 15, 2004 -- 2:02:25 pm
David -- I'm glad you chimed in to represent the young, non-pimp Cadillac demographic.

FROM: David
DATE: Wednesday September 15, 2004 -- 3:57:46 pm
For you? Anything. Well, almost.

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