Thursday, July 31, 2008


So I witnessed my first accident yesterday.

Like I mentioned in my previous post, I planned on going out for mini golf & icecream with two of my best friends, and I was pretty excited because I haven't seen one of them, Shayla(or Shalille O' Neil as I call her :P) in like a friggen month! So after driver's education Amanda and I went to her house so she could grab her money, and we biked our way down to Shayla's. Golfing was fun :), we made alot of jokes, usually the essential "that's what she said" jokes, haha. Gotta love Steve Carell. Shayla kept losing her ball in the bushes :P. Yes, we were very entertained that afternoon. But anyways, onto the main story. After golf, Shayla bought us icecream, I hate letting people pay for me alot, but she was calling this my late birthday present, so I just gritted my teeth and let her spoil me, hahah. She's a great friend, I've really missed her. We ate our icecream in the gazebo thing near the roadway, which just so happens to be a major highway in our area. Suddenly I heard a commotion, so I turned my head to see two cars colliding, this white minivan and a green pickup, not too far from where we were. It wasn't close enough to come within harm to us, but it was definitely near enough so we could see what was going on pretty vividly. Apparenly the van was trying to make a u-turn, and the truck with the right-of-way smashed into it, flinging the girl driving like a helpless ragdoll. She landed on the highway pavement and witnesses flooded to her aid. I think someone with medical experience was closeby because they began performing CPR on her for what seemed like ages. The ambulance seemed to take it's sweet time too. I mean I'm sure they try their best, but death can come quick..

Just watching this whole scene gave me goosebumps. Gradually we inched our way closer, still completely out of the way, but we wanted to get a better look where a bunch of other people were. After awhile they took her by helicopter to a bigger hospital. I read this morning that the girl's okay, just suffering some head trauma, and the pickup truck driver is basically unharmed. He actually works with me, sort of. I think he does construction or excavating, something of that profession. I don't know, I guess just watching that accident with my own eyes was a major wake up call. You really have to be careful when you're driving. I feel like I usually am, but you can always step it up a bit. Even if you, yourself, are an excellent driver, that doesn't mean the reckless person late pulling out in front of you to make it to their job on time is. So that is my little lesson of the day, haha.

The rest of the evening was pretty good. We ended up coming back to Shayla's to sleep over, got alot of much needed catching up done :). It really sucks how long we've gone without hanging out, I should kick myself for it, haha. Skid and Tanner got in a little fight, not like seriously, but it was funny, haha. Tanner totally won, and I caught some of the action on my camera phone. I should probably fill you guys in, shouldn't I? Tanner is Shayla's brother, who's my age, and Skid is the nickname they've given to their dad. Chanda was there too :). Ahh, I've missed hanging out there so much, Amanda,Shayla, and I get along so well too, so I'm glad we got to hang out again. Next time we should add Julie to the mix, but yesterday she was working. Damn you, Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom for stealing my friend >:[. Damn you to the firey pits of hell :P. Hahah, I'm just kidding, but seriously, work is lame. I know this from experience, and therefore I only work like twice a week. It's kinda harsh on my wallet, but hey, you gotta live a little, right?
Speaking of work, that's what I did tonight after I left my friends. I actually picked up Tom and hung out with him here for awhile, but it wasn't for long because he had to work on my farm with Nick, boohoo, so that was basically it. Four hours of work was definitely tolerable, and I like working with JoAnne, she used to be my teacher back in elementary :). She's nice. Plus she's going to bring in some books for me to look at because I'm always reading whenever I get the chance to at work. Water for Elephants is my current book :), I love it. Sometimes I get sick of reading stories about people my age, so it's nice to break out and hear something in the perspective of a ninety, or ninety-three year old man :P. I feel like a broken record, I always go back to reading. Books,books,books, blahblahblah, haha. But I really do love them, and this is my blog, so I will continue to play my reoccurring tune.


Rose Valentine said...

Aww poor girl! My mouth dropped when I was reading that part. That's awful!
ANd as for books, I love them too. :)

Hannah said...

Hey thanks for the comment!!
Sorry you had to go through seeing an accident - sounded scary!!
I know what you mean about reading books always from the perspective of high school kids. Gets repetitive. I read this book called The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, and it's from the perspective of an autistic teenager - VERY good - meaningful, but super funny too. One of my favs. :)
Oh and also: loved the title from Swing Life Away - I was recently obsessed with that song, it's beautiful.


Skippy said...

Seeing and accident sounded rough.

I've never really been scared about driving. It's the other people on the road that has now just started to freak me out.

-And mini golf is the BEST!!

RAWR! [It's Aren!*] (: said...

Books are the greatest thing to mankind. & traffic accidents are always bad. There was one where a guy ran into a tree about 5 miles over & he ended up dying cos of shock. O.o Mini-golf is the best but for some reason I always end up getting defeated. :) Lol.

Nicole Linette said...

Haha, I ♥ the super-long comment =] At least you remembered what you were going to tell me hahaha.

That's terrible about the accident. I've never witnessed one but from what I heard, it's just totally surreal and nervewracking. I'm glad they're both alive though.
Ahhh, revisiting with old friends is definitely heart-warming. It makes me happy to talk to people I haven't conversed with in a while. That's cool you guys had a fabulous time.
And work's a bitch. Haha, that's all I have to say about that.


Wandering Child said...

I'm getting my permit soon so hearing stories like this scares the heck out of me. Also my dad saying things like, "more people have died turning this corner in all of the city." But I guess that might make us both want to be really careful drivers.