The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

13 June 2006

In review, as it were

Random bits from the Day of Wreckoning:

  • Number of good ol' boys who stopped to offer assistance: 6
  • Number of good ol' girls: 2
  • Of these eight, number who were driving trucks: 8
  • Elapsed time from impact to first apparent buzzard reconnaissance: 1 hour, 39 minutes
  • Available cell-phone signal, in bars: 0, sometimes 1; hit 2 long enough for me to call 911, Triple A, and the insurance company
  • Time before the state Department of Wildlife Conservation arrived to investigate: 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • When I had expected them to investigate: Sometime today
  • Impact on my driving record: None, says the Highway Patrol; it is recorded as an "incident"
  • Impact on my insurance premium: To be determined — next billing is in November — though I expect at least a 25-percent increase
  • Total length of Oklahoma State Highway 3: 616.5 miles
  • Length of 3 I've driven: 344.1 miles
  • Length of 3 I'd have driven had I been able to complete yesterday's route: 497.1 miles

And one pertinent quote from one of the good ol' boys, on the subject of mortality:

If it's not your time, it doesn't matter what you do. And if it is your time, it doesn't matter what you do.

It would appear that it wasn't my time. I once attempted to quantify this:

[T]he number of times you cheat Death equals the number of times you cross his path — minus one.

I continue to be one up on that scythe-wielding son of a bitch.

Posted at 9:33 AM to World Tour '06