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Big Yellow School Bus (aka the accident update)

January 23rd, 2008 (10:03 pm)

where i am: with 4 of the dogs
how i am: sad
accompanied by: Neil Diamond - Done too Soon

Shortly before I intended to post this update yesterday, we were all hit with the tragic news of Heath Ledger's death. Like most of you, I admired Heath's work and also found him very appealing and, unlike the sad news of Brad Renfro's loss just last week, this news came as a complete and utter shock. I think I'm still reeling from it. It's like River Phoenix, Freddie Prinz and Pete Duel all over again.

Needless to say, any thoughts of writing a light-hearted update to my trivial fender-bender story went right out the window.

But... you were all so kind to me yesterday. Expressing your concern, making me smile or laugh or just plain commiserating with me and I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you all for that again and also give a brief update. 

Just as you were all so good to me, another example of the goodness of humanity was shown to me yesterday. It seems the kind woman who had stopped to check on me immediately after the bus crunched into me actually went to the effort - without my knowledge - of following the bus, getting some sort of I.D off of it and calling the bus company to let them know one of their buses had struck another vehicle. So, by the time good looking Constable Mike contacted them, they were able to give him all the insurance/names/numbers info which he then passed on to me to forward to my insurance agency. That accomplished, I then drove my lopsided van over to a collision repair shop and left it there for its makeover. It should take about 2 weeks. I'll be picking up a rental Saturday and, in the mean time, am bumming rides to and from work from two of my co-workers.

So, thank-you again for being so sweet and supportive yesterday. {{Hugs}} to all of you!

Rest in Peace, Heath. 


Posted by: gatorpez (gatorpez)
Posted at: January 24th, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)

That was great of that woman, and very heads up.
Hopefully, all goes well with the repairs, and maybe they'll get it done sooner than they thought?

It is so sad about Heath, and now all the speculating and rumors begin. I watched Entertainment Tonight tonight and realized that it is no longer a good entertainment show, it is just the same as the tabloids and as the paparazzi. So, I don't think I'll be watching it anymore...why can't they just report the facts as we know them to be now and wait for the authorities to disclose the truth/more facts?

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: January 24th, 2008 04:07 am (UTC)
Dean in shadows

That was great of that woman

Wasn't it though? And I have no way of thanking her since I have no idea who she is. It was definitely a day-brightener in an awfully bleak day.

I totally agree about ET. I used to watch it daily years ago and thought it was well done and informative. I also had it on today to watch the coverage and was not impressed. It *is* truly like a fish-wrapper tabloid. I'm embarrassed for Mary Hart. Does she not see how downhill it's gone?

Posted by: ange (kavousi)
Posted at: January 24th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)

I'm afraid Renfro was no shock, he's a local boy and had been busted for hardcore drugs so many times in the last decade, even his family said at the memorial for him that they knew this was just a matter of time. When he got involved with heroin, crack and crystal meth, his days were numbered and it was almost shocking he made it as long as he did, since he was a screw up with just the minor league drugs. Sad irony that he got his break when a DARE (anti Drug Force) cop spotted his potential for public speaking as a kid.

I had never seen any of Heath's movies (I just hated the novel for Brokeback, it was so slow and even managed to make gay sex boring!) but he was most certainly one of the few younger actors that didnt have the obnoxious party rep.

Again, his death was no shock, for one big, jaded reason to me.... I grew up doing PETA Kids camp stuff with the Phoenix family, so River's demise was personal and a huge eye opener. We all knew River was messing with drugs, but he was the most responsible kid, he put off an air that he could handle them. That's when I learned that the most talented of true actors usually acted for escapism & therapy. Many people self medicate with street and Rx drugs, but even if you are a chemistry whiz, you just cant handle that. I think actors are bad for seeking therapy, because they can fib/play a role and tell the Dr extactly what they want to hear.

That's where I am jaded... the fact that so many people die so young and still have so much to offer and really contributed to the human race, while others are just kinda parasites and they survive decades of drug abuse, sick karma joke to me.

You just have to find positives where ever you can.. like your ordeal yesterday... when you mentioned to good looking constable, it made me smile because it told me you were a optimist and could find some good even in crisis. I had my parked car side swiped years ago...and I just had to laugh, because I had to drive it with the side view mirror dangling off. I always look for that stuff that takes crappy ordeals and add some humor and it just becoms surreal!

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: January 24th, 2008 04:49 am (UTC)
Dean Strut

Oh, absolutely, Brad's death truly wasn't a surprise. Sadly, it did just feel like a matter of time. Though, you're right, Hollywood's history speaks for itself and maybe Heath's death shouldn't necessarily come as a complete surprise, it did for me. I guess I'd hoped his down-to-earth Aussie sensibilities might help him (I know, hello? Keith Urban) as well as simply being a parent. I hope for his daughter's sake, it's ruled accidental. She'll be growing up with enough baggage as it is.

I really did try to stay on the positive side of the accident. Honestly, watching and especially listening as the scene unfolded was so surreal, I practically laughed as it happened. In fact I bet I did as I watched the bus turn the corner and drive away. It's purely the inconvenience that's annoying. As a commuter, I'm so reliant on my vehicle and, since our winters can be brutal (and this one has been), I want my own van back... the one I'm most comfortable/confident driving.

Well, I better hit the hay. Thanks for your thoughts. G'night :).

Posted by: leelust (leelust)
Posted at: January 24th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)

It's still too painful to think of him...
But it's so reassuring news about people ourselves and your accident per example. Yay for that woman. It's good to hear all went smooth.

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: January 24th, 2008 04:51 am (UTC)
Jensen and Jared

It was really sweet of that nameless woman to help out like that. And for all of you to be so supportive. Thanks again :).

Posted by: leelust (leelust)
Posted at: January 24th, 2008 10:15 am (UTC)

Unfortunately i can do nothing - only talk - cos you're so far away. *hugs*

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: January 24th, 2008 10:52 am (UTC)
Dean Grin

Ah, but that talk from and with you and my other flisters helped immensely :).

Posted by: leelust (leelust)
Posted at: January 25th, 2008 05:12 am (UTC)

Thanx for so kind words - i wish i could do more.

Posted by: hucknclem (hucknclem)
Posted at: January 24th, 2008 06:32 am (UTC)
Felix Mas 1

That's so wonderful that someone would do such a kind thing for a stranger; I don't know that woman, but I love her. I'm glad things are getting fixed for you. :)

As for Heath Ledger, I still can't believe it. He was so gifted, and seemed like such a genuinely nice person when interviewed. I'm so sad for his family, and especially his little girl. :( May he rest in peace... :(

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: January 24th, 2008 11:04 am (UTC)
John Dean

I don't know that woman, but I love her

Me too. That was above and beyond the call of duty and I'm so pleasantly surprised and delighted.

And Heath... yeah, I feel so bad for his family, especially his daughter. It's just too sad for words.

Posted by: Late Night Drops of Random (moondropz)
Posted at: February 2nd, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
Brain freeze!

Oh my goodness! Bless that woman! That's awesome! I am so glad that you were ok though. I was so stunned when I logged in and read your post-eep! This is really late and I apologize-but I am so thankful you're ok-and hope that the van is back in working order now. Or is it too soon yet?
*Hugs you*

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: February 3rd, 2008 05:52 am (UTC)
Impala Road

Oh my goodness! Bless that woman!

Wasn't that just super of her? I'm still delighted and awed by it. There really is hope for humanity (LOL).

Alas, the latest estimate on the van is that it'll be another 2 weeks to repair. More parts needed replacement than first thought. Oh joy... not ;).

It wouldn't be so bad if the weather wasn't winter at its worst right now. I had the hubby drive me in to work Wednesday because his job was shut down due to the weather (he's a crane operator) and I was too chicken to drive the rental into work (or rather, I had turned around after 10 minutes of white-knuckled driving). We were hit with a blizzard Friday and I would've been more nervous then but for having booked the day off anyway in advance. That was good timing on my part - for once *g*.

Posted by: Late Night Drops of Random (moondropz)
Posted at: February 28th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
Deans pucker

I am assuming you have your van back now? It's been awhile-I suck at commenting recently ;-( But I hope it is!
The weather here is bad now too-but I am out of work due to that-so whee! LOL.

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: February 28th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
Terriers - Tuck Cody Window

Nice of you to ask. Yeah, it took longer than initially estimated but I've had the van back 2 weeks tomorrow. Having issues with the insurance company though... they'll get straightened out, just not as quickly as I'd liked.

Rule for future reference... never get hit by a commercial vehicle. Red tape multiplies the bogged down paperwork factor by about 10. Ugh.

RL definitely has not been good for me in '08 so far. I sure as hell hope things improve. We had to make the decision to put my oldest dog to sleep a few weeks ago (Feb 16th) and I'm still gutted by it. He was a good soul, as sweet as they come. My lj has a little tribute to him, with a few pictures, if you'd like to "see" him. It's the most current entry so you don't have to go digging to find it.

Thanks for asking about the van. With the winter we've been having, I'm so glad to have it back.

Posted by: Late Night Drops of Random (moondropz)
Posted at: February 29th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
Dean's tear

I just feel so bad for letting my comments get away from me ;-( But I am happy to hear that your van is back in commission-yay! Oh yeah-the red tape had to be the pits! It needlessly bogs everything down-and for what??? Ugh.
Awww. I hope the rest of the year will go better for you. I know all about having a rough year. And you don't deserve that. Oh no.... I am so sorry to hear that! ;-( I am on my way over-I would love to see that. But my heart goes out to you-losing a pet/family member is tough.
*Hugs you*