The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

12 June 2006

Abort, something else here, fail

Coalgate, Oklahoma — 114.5 miles

Omen, n. A miraculous sign, a natural disaster, or a disturbance in nature that reveals the will of the gods in the arena of politics or social behavior or predicts a coming change in human history.

6:16 am: In the words of Don Martin, "SPROING KZIT KZIT." As the button scurries across the wooden floor, I shrug. It's just pants, fercrissake. So I carry one fewer pair than I'd planned. It's no big deal.

8:15 am: Out the door.

10:00 am: I did remember to pack my Dopp kit, didn't I?

10:15 am: Well, this is settling into a nice, easy — OMGWTF!!?!


A deer.

A female deer.

Upside: Knocked her all the way to the opposite shoulder, clear of traffic.

The wreck of the old '00Downside: See photo. That oddly-shaped shadow is, or was, ethylene glycol.

You want to know the following: I'm fine.

You do not want to know the following: The price of a 114.5-mile tow.

Now I am going to order a pizza, crank the A/C all the way down to 72, and go quietly to pieces.

Who was it who said "Wait 'til next year?" Besides me, I mean.

Posted at 5:32 PM to World Tour '06

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Charles had an accident on the very first leg of his massive driving vacation. (World Tour '06, for those in the know)


A deer.

A female deer.

Upside: Knocked her all the way to the opposite shoulde...

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Sorry to hear about your accident. There are frequent deer-vehicle collisions in our area and we have come close to hitting one on more than one occasion. Just be thankful it wasn't a moose!

Will your insurance cover the cost of a rental car while your car is being repaired? If so, perhaps you can continue your trip without losing too much time.

Posted by: Mutt-Man at 6:39 PM on 12 June 2006

They won't. (I've already inquired.) And while the daily cost of the actual rental (a squirrely Dodge Stratus with about 0.002 inch of front brake pad left) is not much, adding 5000 miles to the ticket will inflate the damage considerably, and anyway, if I did this badly with a car whose behavior I know to the nth degree, what's going to happen in a car in which I can barely figure out the instruments?

Posted by: CGHill at 6:51 PM on 12 June 2006

Holy smokes! Tough luck but your ok

Posted by: Darcey at 7:31 PM on 12 June 2006

"...if I did this badly with a car whose behavior I know to the nth degree..."

Charles, don't beat yourself up over this. Deer can cross a highway so fast that few people can react in time. I know people who haven't even seen the deer they have hit. Usually they travel in groups, and while you're watching one, another one comes up out of the ditch. We nearly hit one at night and it was just a blur it was going so fast.

Posted by: Mutt-Man at 7:34 PM on 12 June 2006

I'm not beating myself up. I just refuse to send myself into battle unarmed, or poorly armed. One of the joys of driving is the opportunity to take on unfamiliar roads; I don't want to handicap myself by taking a vehicle whose capabilities have yet to be determined. (I drove my car for seven months before giving it the 4,000-mile test.)

And I suspect that had I been able to stop quickly enough to avoid the critter, I would have invited a rude intrusion from the car behind me, which was doing just about the same 65 mph that I was.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:42 PM on 12 June 2006

Holy crap! So sorry.

I have seen deer run into the side of cars.

Any chance of going back to work tomorrow and pushing back WT'06 a couple weeks while the car is repaired.

Posted by: Dan at 7:53 PM on 12 June 2006

I am doing nothing until I hear what kind of, um, adjustment will be visited upon me.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:01 PM on 12 June 2006

Well that sucks. That both sucks and blows. So, what will you be doing with your free time?

Posted by: Erica at 8:18 PM on 12 June 2006


Posted by: Mel at 9:08 PM on 12 June 2006

You want to know the following: I'm fine.

Thank God.

Posted by: McGehee at 9:21 PM on 12 June 2006

Ooohhh, man, that really blows. As others have said, there wasn't much you could have done, I've seen deer hit the side of vehicles as well. "Deer in the headlights" didn't just come out of nowhere......

Posted by: Jeffro at 9:53 PM on 12 June 2006

All sorts of sucketh . . sorry . . but someone like you most certainly must have a Plan B :) What is it?

Posted by: ms7168 at 10:35 PM on 12 June 2006

Jeeze, I'm sorry about the car-how bad is your deductible?
At least you're allright; I'd hate to have to talk T-R into changing my homepage. No telling what I might end up with-now that will give you nightmares. :)

Posted by: wamprat at 11:20 PM on 12 June 2006

Five hundred. Bearable, assuming they don't actually decide to total the poor little car, which would be upsetting in the extreme.

Inasmuch as the bumper is only barely creased and not even misshapen, and the quarter-panel on the right is just slightly folded over, not to mention the fact that the air bags didn't deploy, I doubt that there's enough undercover damage to warrant scrapping her. Yeah, the radiator is shot, and the horn is gone, and pieces of that light fixture are all over the place, but none of those components are particularly costly.

Posted by: CGHill at 11:27 PM on 12 June 2006

Thank God you're OK....the internet would be an infinitely more dismal place without you. Here's hoping there's still a chance for WT 06 version 2.0 -- Revenge of the Car!

Posted by: Kirk Leggott at 8:26 AM on 13 June 2006

A postponement of your vacation and car repairs to boot. That is just one really bad day. I am so glad that you are alright!

Posted by: belhoste at 9:51 AM on 13 June 2006

I ditto the sentiments about you being okay. Thank God for that. But for the WT '06? This blows, so hard. I was looking forward to it as much as you were, I think.

Posted by: Jennifer at 9:54 AM on 13 June 2006

I definitely ditto Jennifer's sentiments. The writing you do during the WTs is some of your best, and I was eagerly anticipating this year's tour de plume.

Posted by: Kirk Leggott at 10:23 AM on 13 June 2006

Don't they make cattle-guards for that model?

Posted by: Mike at 10:31 AM on 13 June 2006

Maybe you shoulda bought a Dodge. :)

Glad you weren't hurt.

Posted by: unimpressed at 11:47 AM on 13 June 2006

Doesn't matter now; the TOTALED stamp has been applied with vigor.

Posted by: CGHill at 11:47 AM on 13 June 2006

Glad you're ok. Them kamikaze deer can kill you. The last one that hit me caved in the driver's side quarter panel & door, and damn near came through the windshield. I think she was trying to jump over the car.

Stupid deer.

Posted by: rita at 12:05 PM on 13 June 2006

If the parts to reapair a car didn't cost 5 times the cost to build the car you might still have wheels. Oh well that kinda blows the World Trip for this year. Always have fun reading the posts from that. Better luck in the future and thank goodness no major injuries. Oklahoma is always fun...

Posted by: anomdragon at 5:55 PM on 13 June 2006

Great news, Chaz! You are alive and well. So, you are back in OKC and you are available during a weekday. I say it's a Thrill on the Hill moment. How about lunch on Thursday? I will pick you up and treat you to the grooviest lunch on OKC! How bout it?

Posted by: Dr. Jan at 10:44 PM on 13 June 2006

Dear God, someone is asking me out?

Posted by: CGHill at 10:55 PM on 13 June 2006

Yeah baby... what day?

Posted by: Dr. Jan at 11:09 PM on 13 June 2006

errr... excuse me... what time and where?

Posted by: Dr. Jan at 12:30 AM on 14 June 2006

Doesn't matter now; the TOTALED stamp has been applied with vigor.

I was afraid of that. Body repairs are some expensive ... er, stuff.

Posted by: McGehee at 9:08 AM on 14 June 2006

D'oh is right! Somehow I had missed this post, which gave me a WTF moment farther up the page.

Glad you're okay.

Glad it wasn't a moose. They make deer look like amateurs in the destruction and injury department. My stepcousin hit one in a good-sized pickup, almost brand new, and that was a total. She was uninjured probably only because her hood latch let go, the hood flew up and armored the windshield.

Posted by: Jay at 2:18 PM on 14 June 2006