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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-10-2006, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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It's official. I'm a freakin idiot.

So, on my way to work this morning (forgot to set the alarm clock, so I was about 1 1/2 hours late, btw) I was on the Larpenteur Ave entrance ramp to Hwy 280 south. If anybody lives in the area, they'll know that it's a short ramp with a sharp 180 degree curve at the very end where you have to stop and wait for a hole in traffic to merge onto the highway. So I come to a stop behind a car that is waiting to take off, and watch over my left shoulder to see when the next opening in traffic is coming. About 15 seconds later, I see an opening.... and I don't know if I thought the guy in front of me had already gone, or if I just forgot he was there, or what... but once the open spot is approaching I get on the gas to take off, keeping my eyes to the left to time my merging. The next thing I know, I'm doing something to an Oldsmobile that usually costs you dinner (and a few drinks) to do to a girl. FUCK!!!



Well, we both pulled over and his rear bumper was pretty scuffed, and out of shape where it meets the fenders. My front bumper was also pretty scratched up, but surprisingly it wasn't really out of place at all--though it did feel a bit loose.

So yeah, there you have it: One of the most retarded things I have done in my life. The guy looked at me like I was a complete moron when he got out of his car, but at least he wasn't too much of an ass about it--even though he probably had a right to be.

And there goes most of my tax return. At least now I'll have a nice shiny new front bumper to match the GV lip i just ordered...



I just had kind of an interesting thought about this. I read somewhere that the visual center in your brain is capable of remembering the location of objects that were in your field of view for 7-10 seconds after you stop looking at them. I wonder if this is an illustration of that. I mean, I don't recall ever thinking "okay, he went, so I can go now". After looking over my should for a few seconds, it just completely left my consciousness that there was even a car there. But still... even if I have an excuse for why I didn't know he was there, I'm still a frickin idiot (gosh!!!) for not looking in front of me before taking off.


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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-10-2006, 07:12 PM
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Re: It's official. I'm a freakin idiot.

That sucks. Are you just paying him out of pocket?

I did the same thing one time, with less damage to their car. I had my 86 Accord at the time and knew the person. They had a little scratch on their bumper and just said don't worry, but my flip up headlight was stuck down, the parking light was hanging by wires, the undercarriage tray fell off and the bumper wasn't hanging on by much.

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you frickin idiot!!!!! lol hey you said it!


j/p hey it can happen to any of us, dont worry about it. atleasy no one got hurt an things can be fixed.




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I feel your pain man, St Pual sucks for roads!!!
I once kind of did the same thing except there was no damage to ther person i rolled in to. My situation had me about to take a right turn on a highway from a residential and there was a car in front of me taking a right as well ( I say car lightly, it was a Geo Metro...), anyways there was plenty of traffic in the right lane of that highway, so I waited and waited and waited, and I saw the car in front of me move when I saw a break, so I naturally let my foot of the break (I was driving an automatic vw golf at the time), and BUMP! No damage to the car ahead of me, but my bumper had a scuff. The person ahead of me was more scared of having the police come then anything else because she didn't have any insurance, and she had come out of her car screaming explatives at me for a no damage for a 3mph accident while I come out of my and towered over her (me = 6'3", her = 5'0&quot My little rant... But it was all good. 1 year later, I bought my 3!


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post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-10-2006, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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[quote author=bumoftheday link=topic=37344.msg540176#msg540176 date=1136938334]
That sucks. Are you just paying him out of pocket?
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heh... well I told him that if it wasn't going to be that much, I'd be fine with just writing him a check, but it was up to him. About 2:30 my insurance company called me to get my side of the story and everything, so I guess he chose to report it after all. I'm pretty sure I would have wanted to report it anyways, to get my car fixed.


And yeah, it wouldn't have been so bad if I had just rolled into him, but I had hit the gas pretty hard to get up to freeway speed, so I nudged him pretty good. Hard enough to spray coffee from the center cupholder all the way up to the radio LCD screen, lol... there was a little moat in the shifter boot. Luckily I got it wiped up pretty quick though.


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[kent brockman]I, for one, welcome our new freakin idiot overlords......[/kent brockman]
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that was kinda dumb, i meen no one even honked at you... and thats usally how it happens...
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(thought I'd save someone the trouble...)



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Dude - shit happens. It may not have been your first, and statistically it won't be your last. Don't beat yourself up over it.

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man that sucks! I have lapses sometimes like that in every day life, thank God that you and the other person were A okay and nothing happened besides 2 bruised bumpers... sorry that it happened to ya bud.

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