Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Trick or Treat and Drywall Repair

Halloween was fun this year. I tried to dress my kid up last year and he wanted NOTHING to do with it. It was all I could do to get a few pictures , and nobody was smiling.
This year, however, at 2 1/2, he has some favorite characters. He loves Tigger and Pooh, and Mickey Mouse and all his friends. Last year a coworker gave me a little Tigger outfit that was too big for Trevor then. It fit perfect this year.

I dressed him up in the Tigger suit, painted a nose and whiskers on him, and safety pinned a stuffed Winnie the Pooh to his shirt. He ran straight to the mirror and just loved it.

Trick or treating, though, was a different story. He said "trick or treat" nonstop at home, but as soon as we got to a house he wouldn't say anything.

It was his first time. Next year he will be a pro!

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The Jimmy Buffett concert was great. As always, it was like going to a huge party and hanging out with friends you've never met before.

I highly recommend Jimmy Buffett - if you ever get a chance to see him, do it!

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We had some excitement at work on Tuesday. (If you don't know, I work as a tech in an ophthalmology office).

Anyway, I was in a room with a patient, prepping her to see the doctor. I was just finishing up with her, when I heard a loud crunching, crashing sound. A second or two later there was a second crash and the building shook a little.

I thought we were under attack. I ran out of that room expecting to see major damage, thinking "somebody must be hurt after that!" I saw a bunch of shocked looking people, a framed picture lying on the floor, and a hole in the wall that looked like someone outside tried to punch a hole in it.

I (and everyone else) ran to the front window. As soon as I looked out, I realized that a car had crashed into the side of our building. I ran outside and saw an elderly lady behind the wheel, mostly covered by her airbag. Some other people were already talking to her and she seemed to be responding.

Several people called 911, and the situation was quickly brought under control. Once we pieced together what had happened, I realized how very fortunate we were that no one was seriously injured.

The lady, for some unknown reason, had lost control of her car and accelerated very rapidly. She jumped a curb in the parking lot and slammed into the side of a parked Cadillac, moving it a few feet over.

She then hit another parked car, parked in front of the building. She knocked this car forward over a curb and into a handicapped parking sign. The sign is what came through our wall. (That was the crunch-crash)

She bounced off the second car and finally hit the building herself. (That was the second crash). All her airbags deployed. She go a little banged up, and had no clue what had really happened. Paramedics took her to the hospital for evaluation. The Cadillac that was hit belonged to one of our patients and had to be towed away.

I just thank God no one was driving or walking in her path.

I hope the rest of the week is less exciting.

11 comments:

Peter said...

I listened to a new (to me) cd of Alan Jackson, George Strait and Jimmy Buffett
last night, a real good fun CD.

Duke_of_Earle said...

Wow. Exciting day at work.

Surely the driver of the car was not coming to your office for an eye exam, was she? Hope not!

Dad

Christina said...

No, thank goodness, it was NOT one of our patients. But the other tech and I both admitted that was our first thought when we realized what had happened. It's really not that much of a stretch, either.

Jack K. said...

You are not biased, Trevor is a real cutie and a fine looking Tigger.

Do you go to the concerts for the contact high? tee hee

I hope I am smart enough to recognize when I am too incapacitated to drive. Age is one of those incapacities.

Good to know no one was hurt.

You need to find another way to put excitement in your life. You would think Trevor would to that for you. tee hee

Hale McKay said...

It is all too common when elderly drivers are involved in accidents such as this. Invariably it is because "the accelerator got stuck" or it was parked and "jumped into drive."

We hear talk of age restrictions being placed on elderly drivers. That of course, is not the answer and is unfair. Some elderly people are better drivers than teenagers.

Perhaps, when a person reaches a certain age they are given one-year licenses and have to take a driving test every year to receive a new license.

Fortunately, no one was seriously injured or killed.

Merle said...

Hi Christina ~~ Sorry you had that scare at work and it seems to happen too often. I gave up driving years ago and thankfully never reached that stage. Your Trevor is so cute and will no doubt get the Trick or Treat words out next year. I am sure the
Jimmy Buffett concert was great - I like him. Glad you got to see him.
Glad you liked the Audrey Hepburn's Beauty tips. She was a real lady.
Take care, Love, Merle.

Hale McKay said...

Christine, I hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving.

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