So I already wrote about the beginning of the week travelmess that happened. That was Part 1. It took a few moments to decide which of thenext disasters to write about as Part 2. The next two things kind of went with one another but are completely separatefrom one another all at the same time.
On Wednesday, October 8, I was off from work for 2 reasons:I saw Madonna the night before at Madison Square Garden and the afternoon wouldconsist of dinner prior to sundown in preparation for Yom Kippur fasting. I purposely made a couple of doctors appointmentsprior to having dinner with my mom at her apartment in New York City. My mom made our traditional pre-fast dinner:lasagna. For dessert: an EntenmannsChocolate Fudge Cake. YUMMMMM!!!!
Anyway, I left my mom’s apartment absolutely exhausted. I hopped on the subway to Penn Station. I got on the train and when we were pullinginto my town, I got a phone call from my mom. My grandmother fell in her apartment while getting ready to leave toattend synagogue for Kol Nidre services. She tripped over a space heater and hit the wall on her way down.
My mom and I made out that we’d meet at grandmas house (momand Jeff would take the bus and I’d drive) and together, we’d take her to theemergency room.
I went directly from the train into the garage where I parkmy car. I hopped into my 8-month-oldvehicle and hit the road for grandma’s house.
Although I was anxious to get to her house, I was beingextra cautious with my driving with the knowledge that when people drive whenthey are upset, it can cause an accident. I was on the Bronx River Parkway when it happened, approximately 2 carlengths behind an older model Ford Explorer.
The southbound side of the highway was closed due to anotheraccident. Just before exit 6, whichhappens to be the exit for the Bronx Zoo, there is a space in the median butthere are signed everywhere indicating no U-Turns.
You can get what happened next. Several people were making illegalU-Turns. The Ford Explorer I was behindcame to a complete stop in the left lane we were driving in to allow the peopleto make U-Turns. Bad move on herpart. I rear-ended her because I couldn’tcome to a complete stop in time. Thenthe guy behind me, driving an older model Ford sedan hit me.
Everyone, thank goodness, was ok. Nobody making the illegal U-Turns stopped ofcourse. They just kept on going. Of course. We all got out of the car. TheExplorer had very little damage, and since the guy behind me didn’t get me thathard, he also had very little damage. Thenose of my almost new Mercedes C-Class got the brunt of it. The bumper of the Explorer crashed into mygrill, bending the hood and hitting the radiator, making the carun-drivable.
It took an hour for the cops to come. When the cop came, he had us drive to thenext exit (me extremely slowly) and get off there. He took our statements and we exchanged allof our insurance and necessary information. The other 2 cars had little damage so they were able to drive off. Lucky them. I couldn’t. The tow truck thatthe police officers sent was not going to work. My car cannot be dragged and the tow that was there was not a flatbed. I called Mercedes Benz roadsideassistance and they called for a tow truck. I also did not want to call my insurance company for a tow truck becausethey’d tow it to the closest place, which I did not want since I was nowherenear home.
While waiting for the tow truck I asked the cop to staysince I was online, with an expensive car in an unpopulated area of theBronx. I didn’t feel comfortable stayingon my own. Just as the cop was about toleave, after about an hour, the tow truck showed up! Thank goodness!
I had it towed to my dealership’s body shop.
I got home finally at 1AM. I passed out. I was exhausted.
As far as the car is concerned it has $10,000 in damage butit will be fixed within 2 weeks – or so they say.
And to make me feel worse, when I was telling my asshole ex-boyfriend Matt about it, he asked me if I was cited because technically it was my fault based on how the law sees it. Nice, right? Kicking me while I'm already down, miserable and exhausted.
As far as what I’m doing now for transportation, that was another disaster in itself and will be Part 3 of this disastrous run of events. Stay tuned…..