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April 24, 2008

The things Hayden says sometimes

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 10:57 pm

I’m watching the Discovery channel last night, a show about a bridge over the Bering Straight and all of the engineering issues that go along with such a project. Hayden comes out of his room and wants to sit next to me and watch the show. He’s asking all kinds of questions about things he’s seeing on the show – why did they do that, what’s that called, why did the helicopter fly over the bridge, etc. He had been quite for a moment or two when he said, “Dad?”. “Yeah?”. “When I get older am I going to like shows like this?”. lol

We’re having our house painted this week. It’s a tedious process that I’m very glad to pay someone else to do. They had to power wash the existing paint job (which is Tex-cote) to get off any loose layers of paint. Then they have to sand down all of the wood around the windows and the doors (including the doors themselves), re-coat the walls where the underlying cement-like material of the walls has cracked or chipped away. Hayden came home from school, when the work crew was winding down for the day, and sees all the stuff that’s been done. I wish I had been there to witness it, but my wife tells me that he looks at the work and says simply, “impressive”. He’s only five – what five year old says stuff like that!

April 16, 2008

Woops, missed a part of the story

Filed under: crazy woman,lapd — admin @ 11:03 am

I just realized that I didn’t mention a few things in my previous two posts about the accident. Let me fill in the gaps.

So there was the accident. After she hit me she tried to get away. I followed her but she got stuck up in traffic at a light and then she finally pulled over when she realized I got her license plate number. We started exchanging information, she got hung up on the fact that the registration I gave her (which I was in no way obligated to do) was expired. Then she got hostile saying that she didn’t even know if the car was mine. She tried to take the paper I wrote her information down on out of my pocket and started wrestling with me to get it. After that she kicked the car, she chased after me, she went into my car and grabbed a bunch of papers I had in there, took my phone out of the car and threw it on the ground, and she hit me in the chest with the back of her hand. All of this because she got upset that I rolled up my windows – I didn’t even look at her when I did it or make any kind of inference that I was upset she was playing her music so loud. I guess some people feel it’s their right to impose themselves on others.

I don’t really like the way the LAPD handles accidents. They don’t fill out accident reports and might not even show up to the scene, which was the case in this incident. I called them, reported the accident, they told me an officer would not be dispatched unless there was “property damage” – i.e. other than our vehicles – or an injury and that we should just exchange information. I found out at the police station while filling out the police report that all anyone is obligated to do in an accident situation in LA County is stop the car, roll down the window, identify themselves by stating their name and then they can drive away LEGALLY. That is ALL they are obligated to do. Even if the other party isn’t ready to write down the name, it doesn’t matter – the law has been followed.

Wow.

April 15, 2008

Not just one charge, but several

Filed under: crazy woman,driving in LA — admin @ 6:29 pm

The family and I went to the police station on Saturday morning and filed a report. When all was said and done we had several charges against the woman who rear-ended me. We had assault, battery, theft, and something like vehicle abuse or something similar to that (from when she kicked my car door). Apparently she’s had a history of DUI’s and she just got her license back about a month ago. Nice. I didn’t even notice it, but Nickey said that my shorts were ripped from the struggle when the crazy woman tried to grab the paper out of my pocked that I had written her stuff down on.

How bizarre.

April 12, 2008

This town is hard on cars

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 10:46 am

I’ve had more door dings on our new car, which we’ve owned for less than a year, than I’ve had on all of my other cars combined. There are little ones and ones that look very deliberate. Now I’m very careful about where I park.

The other thing this city likes to do apparently is get into car accidents. I got into my second one in four months yesterday. Some psycho woman rear ended me because she was chasing me. Why was she chasing me? Because we were sitting at light next to each other, she had her music up and her windows down so I closed my windows to drown out the sound. I didn’t even look at her. Once we went through the light she pulled up next to me and almost side swiped me laughing and making hand gestures. All because I didn’t want to listen to her music? Since she was acting hostile I sped up to get away from her, changed lanes and slowed down. She got behind me and couldn’t slow down in time and rammed me. Then she tried to get away. Fortunately I was able to get her to pull over and exchange information. She was very hostile through all of this. To make a long story short, she smelled like alcohol, I found out she’s on SR-22, and she’s restricted to driving to and from work and to and from treatment. What kind of treatment, I don’t know.

We’re going to the police station to file an assult report today since she tried to grab the paper with the information I took down about her from my pocket and wrestled with me, she took all of the papers out of my glove box, and threw my phone to the ground breaking it into several pieces. I don’t want her to be arrested, but I want it recorded in case she decides she wants to sue me or something. Between her past driving, treatment, my driving record, and the report then I shouldn’t have any problems defending myself in such a situation.

Hindsight? I should have just let her go when she ran, but I wanted to get her license plate number.

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