|Fuck The Police
||[Nov. 24th, 2004|10:39 pm]
I ended up leaving East Lanising around 2 if my memory serves me. I got home, in Kalamazoo, a little after 7. As I was taking the exit to 69 South I turned my steering wheel to follow the curve. Wheels turned, car didn't. I slid off the side of the road and down an embankment. I was not going fast, maybe 25, but as soon as I hit the slick slope the car slid pretty fast. It went through one of those arrow signs, decapitating it, then through a couple smallish trees and eventually came to a stop on top of a bush. My back windshield was in my back seat(in a million pieces) and the window on the drivers side in the back was also destroyed. The back door was totally smashed in but stayed closed. No engine damage but the car looked like shit and there was a lot of glass everywhere. Car still worked fine but I couldn't drive over the bush and back up the wet hill to the road. I called Triple A and waited for the tow truck. While I was waiting a county cop stopped. Here's about how things went:
Cop: Anybody else with you?
Cop: Well it looks like you're ok.
Cop: Can I see you license and registration?
Cop: I'm going to have to issue you a citation for reckless driving.
Me: I wasn't going fast or anything I just slid off the road.
Cop: It's policy. You can go to court.
Awesome. I love asshole cops. Not only am I stranded by the side of the road with a fucked up car, I now have a fucking citation. It doesn't even say how much it is for but I plan on fighting it, meaning I'll have to go to court in Eaton County. He left then and I sat in my car freezing, as there was no back windshield and one window out in the back allowing the wind and snow to pass freely through my car. I waited for over an hour and a tow truck finally came. It was a flat bed tow truck. Which of course would be unable to 'extract' my car as they say. So, another truck was called in. After another 45 minutes the extraction truck showed up and the other guy left. Apparently Triple A only covers towing, so I had to shell out $40 for the extraction. Then when my car was properly extracted and back on the road guy told me what I needed to do was just drive it home since there was no engine or wheel damage. At this point I didn't care and just wanted to go home. So, I drove home going 35 in bumper to bumper traffic in the driving snow with no rear windshield. It took me hours and hours and it was impossible to read any of the road signs as they were all covered in snow. The only thing I saw on a sign was the go in Chicago which I knew was for I-94 west and would take me home. It was white knuckle driving, in the dark, in the snow, with horrible road conditions, and no back windshield.
I got home and heard that my grandmother's(dad's mom) bus had broken down and she had transferred buses so was running very late(2hours+). Then when she got in she had to wait for her luggage from a different bus that was coming much later still. I also heard that my grandma's(mom's mom) diabetes had been causing problems and she had had the shakes earlier in the day.
I tried to clean the glass and snow out of the car while it was in the garage at home but there was so much that it was futile. The drain in the garage got backed up. I had to get a bucket and help unflood the garage. When I was done with that stuff I had enough time to sit down and watch the Pistons play sloppily and get dominated by the Cavaliers. I wasn't really looking forward to Thanksgiving even before all this happened.
Have a lovely Turkey Day.