otherwise known as totaling your parents new car though for the record the tree was already dead. It comited suicide by throwing it's self into the middle of the road.
So we went down the hill last night to see Anton Barbeau play. I just love him and he recognized us from attending his shows in sacramento and said high. I blushed, lol well to me it's like having your favorite big star talk to you he's just not big. I even admited we drove 45 miles just to see him. He opened so we left after at eleven. It was a nice dinner/bar/club so we had a meal too.
Well it was not raining when we left the house but had started while there and was raining hard when we left. It was raining so hard even slanted bits of road with good drainage had like an inch of ater on them and coming up the hill it looked like snow drifting across the road but was just rain that wasn't settling down after falling. There was tree debree all over the road and I was gpoing very slow and being cautiouse because I knew trees had fallen across the road before. Still didn't see the tree till it was to late. Tried to stop but wound up stopping in the middle of it. Was able to pull out of the tree after to the side of the road though on the wrong side. some truckers helped and changed the tire that aslong with the rim was ruined but only after saw the steering rod was broken and also something with the suspension as we were basicly on the ground on that side. Oh we also lost a mirror looks like it just jumped ship not broken just gone. The holder for it is there though.
God that was a mess. Once they cleared the road we managed to back up and straiten out a bit so traffic could get passed. Then an officer stayed till my dad showed up and the towtruck was about a half hour after him. Oh but while waiting we heard a few more trees faliing up above us but thankfully none made it down to the road. One in particular we could hear go, crack, crack pow. we all ducked. Then we heard a yell. My dad thought he was just hearing things but told him I heard it too. He went and turned his headlights on and there was a guy walking down the highway. His "friends" put him out on the side of the road and he was trying to walk it. He said when he found us he was just thinking about trying to find a tree to hide under and sleep it out. So we gave him a ride back up the hill to Oakridge where he's been staying with other friends. So basicaly we saved a life because I hit a tree.
My father is hoping it's covered by insurance but I'm pretty sure he only has basic libility incase of hitting someone else. We'll see. At least we still have the old car for back up.
To top it off the power was out in Oakridge when we got home and untill about 5 am was about 3:30 when we finaly got home.
I'm portant thing is we're all okay. I was only going 40 and my father agreed from his experience driving down to meet us that there was no way I could have avoided it. He couldn't see all the debree between there and Oakridge till he was right up on it either. He also admited he likely would have been going faster if he had driven us and so could have been worse. sounds like there were maybe a dozen trees down on the highway that night as the ODOT guy was going down to clear more after us and the officer said he had to stop for another one on the way up to.
Q&H and Kat all knew something was wrong and were quite upset. My dad said they were that way even before he left. Q&H stayed especialy close last night and this morning.
So hit a tree save a life and maybe get a new care if my dad is right about the insurance. A little to much adventure for me.
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