The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

13 June 2006

She's dead, Jim

A moment of Vroom! for Sandy, born September 1999 in Flat Rock, Michigan, released from the nursery in October 2000, and now to be officially put to death in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, June 2006.

Occasionally Friendly Lizards Insurance has informed me that the poor girl is being totaled, and that I can expect a check for about one-fifth the price of a new one, if they were making this model anymore, which they aren't.

From the looks of things, I have about as many choices as Hobson. I hate that.

Update, 3 pm, 14 June: The lizards behave in a non-reptilian manner. I had made up my mind that I would squawk if the amount proffered was more than a grand short of the Kelley Blue Book value as tweaked for my particular vehicle. After scissoring out the deductible, the difference between the two is $176. I hereby pronounce myself Not Pissed Off.

Unless, of course, you're an Odocoileus virginianus, in which case I want nothing to do with you.

Posted at 5:36 PM to General Disinterest

Dang. *moment of silence*

Posted by: Erica at 6:33 PM on 13 June 2006

Again, not knowing the underhood damage. It appears to me that one could put a radiator in it, beat and tie the hood down, and drive it away.

Totaled my a$$.

Posted by: Mel at 6:40 PM on 13 June 2006

Glad you're OK; very sorry about your car.

I feel your pain. Just before Christmas '89, I lost my first vehicle, a 1985 Camry, on US 412 near Inola, when an inattentive driver tried to cross the highway. (No one was gravely injured, thankfully.)

It was the only car I owned while I was single. I had put over 60,000 miles on that car in just over three years, taking it on numerous road trips, including visits to my girlfriend in Arkansas, backroad rambles around Oklahoma, and a 2,000 mile "Rust Belt Tour" of five midwestern Major League ballparks (four of them now gone or at least closed). That wasn't just a car, it was a traveling companion.

Not long after the crash Audi came out with a TV commercial shortly that used Jimmy Ruffin's "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted" as its soundtrack; appropriate for how I felt.

We bought a 1990 model to replace it, but it wasn't the same.

Posted by: Michael Bates at 6:46 PM on 13 June 2006

RIP, Sandy.

Glad you're OK, Charles, and that your writing (quantity AND quality) hasn't diminished.

Posted by: david at 10:14 PM on 13 June 2006

OMG... Miss a day or so of reading and we miss so much. Like your little fender-bender-totaller-whatever... And at the start of WT 2006. So sorry Charles, but so glad that you are OK, my friend. So get yourself a Hummer. Don't they make a hybrid yet? Does this cancel or just delay the World Tour? Isn't there somebody you can sue for a couple of mil?

Posted by: Winston at 5:44 AM on 14 June 2006

Remember we have an extra car around here & that I'm available in the daytime should you need anything. And I'm certain you will, if nothing else to be picked up.

Posted by: wamprat at 7:48 AM on 14 June 2006

I can think of no circumstances under which I might wind up getting a Hummer.

Deer don't have pockets at all, let alone deep ones, so it's pointless trying to sue them.

I think it's safe to say that '06 is off; right now I'm having trouble trying to justify '07.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:24 AM on 14 June 2006

Oh no :( I am so sorry Charles. I feel quite certain you were nowhere near ready to replace the vehicle so I know exactly what you are facing. Good luck! You will need it.
Find you a nice '02 out there somewhere :)

Posted by: ms7168 at 10:21 AM on 14 June 2006