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Christmas Party & Crunching | Speedkin

Christmas Party & Crunching

Steve’s work threw a party for employees’ kids so we bundled up Sunday and headed out.  Lots of fun!  There were cookies, popcorn, and pop to munch on.  Christmas ornaments and decorations to make.  Balloon animals & face painting.  Santa was even there, along with a giant bouncy toy.  To top it all off, each kid got a (cool!) wrapped gift to take home and put under the tree AND Grandpa Steve took us out for lunch!

(Charlie always has such intelligent looks on his face for pics, doesn’t he?  I’m really shocked MENSA hasn’t been knocking down our door yet.)

Alrighty, I couldn’t get a decent pic to do justice to the truck damage but here ya go anyway:

Steve had just gotten off of work, driving through Quincy, doing the speed limit and nothing wrong.  Incoming driver turned left directly in front of him and whammo.  Steve braked hard and swerved but still hit the front passenger side of the other vehicle.  Our truck will need the entire front light assembly, quarter panel, hood, windshield, bumper, grill, along with whatever else they find in the shop.  There’s some sort of unknown leak in the front, along with a taillight out.  Steve complained of a backache at first but seems to be fine now.  He was going just under the speed limit, 30 mph, so it could have been a lot worse.

The best part?  Behind Steve was a cop.  Behind the other vehicle was another cop.  Hello, witnesses!  All clearly agreed it was entirely her fault and Steve performed perfectly.  The cop behind the other vehicle had been trying to pull her over for two blocks.  AND she told the cops she has insurance but, upon calling them today to file a claim, we discovered she has not had insurance for months… since a little bit after her husband went to prison.  Ahem.  Her license will be suspended until she pays for the accident, her car is no long road-worthy, and our insurance company will sue her butt off as part of their normal routine.

Steve will take the truck in for an estimate tomorrow and we should know more then.  It’ll likely take a couple of weeks to repair so he gets to drive the Duggar van to work until it’s fixed.  Cross your fingers for continuing good weather for his country commute because it drives like a tank — a really, really bad tank with bald tires.

5 Responses to “Christmas Party & Crunching”

  1. Mo December 6, 2010 at 7:55 pm #

    Cops (giggle). TWO cops (double giggle). One of them trying to stop her (oh, stop, please!). I know it’s inconvenient, and golly, it did bang up his pretty truck, but if you’re going to be involved in a so-called “accident” how much better can it get?

    And Steve’s okay? Please?

  2. Diane December 7, 2010 at 2:17 pm #

    I know! If you’re going to have an accident, THIS is the way to go! :-D Yep, Steve’s fine. Truck’s on its way to the repair shop now for an estimate. Insurance adjuster came out this morning and did his thing. It’ll hopefully be fixed in a couple of weeks and life can get back to normal.

  3. Jenn McArthur December 9, 2010 at 8:26 am #

    Good to know Steve’s okay, and the truck’s fixable. I’ve been in lots of situations where I thought to myself “Where’s a cop when you need one?” so how awesome that there was not one, but two.

    I’m loving those balloon wings! I’ve never seen that done before, too cute! And poor Issac looks like he’s waiting for the inevitable, getting crowned by a couple of Thor hammers.

  4. Diane December 9, 2010 at 6:19 pm #

    Just got word it’ll be sometime in January before the truck is fixed. Argh.

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