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XXII | 10 THINGS OF THANKFUL | XXII

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It’s much much later than I thought it was and I have thirty minutes to get this post in if I plan to catch up to the rest of the TToT group. I’ve been AWOL a few weeks as I concentrate on NaNoWriMo, but I have fallen very behind on my 50k word count. Almost 20k behind actually. Thankfully I was able to get in some writing early this morning after a ten day dry spell. Enough of a dry spell that I thought it would be best to just throw in the towel. It seems many from our original NaNo 2012 group are feeling the same. That this year just doesn’t have the same heart as the last.

I will attempt to slip in a few, quick blurbs of things I am thankful for. It may be hard to accurately recall when some things took place over the last 2 weeks, so this isn’t going to be in chronological order. Just random remembrances.

  1. I’m Thankful for the fact that I wasn’t driving, or in my car in general, when someone slammed into it two weeks ago.
  2. I’m equally Thankful that the culprit slammed into my parked car, and not into someone else driving early in the morning, or someone crossing the street for that matter.
  3. That the individual driving the car wasn’t injured or killed. It appears he had to be going at a good speed to inflict the damage that was witnessed. Even the positioning of my car, after the fact, was testament to just how hard the impact was. Then there was the witness stating how his car was actually stuck in my car.
  4. I’m Thankful for my neighbors, essentially the witnesses to the accident, for helping in their attempts to unfold the incident and getting whatever helpful info they could about the culprit and his car after he fled the scene.
  5. That I have an adventurous girlfriend who was on-board with my desire in attempting to track down said culprit, believing that the police may not exactly give much chase. Granted, I’m pretty ignorant to the actual procedures involved with tracking down individuals engaging in hit and run scenarios.
    The repositioning of my car the culprit of the the hit and run felt was needed...
  6. For the fun that was had during an almost high speed chase against a white Taxi (the neighbors told me they thought the car was white) who appeared to have had a malfunctioning horn, which I believed could have been caused by being in an accident.
  7. That my hopes were not completely deflated when finally tracking down said taxi only to find that it wasn’t the vehicle and/or individual we were seeking and were now a few miles from home and a good fifteen to twenty minutes wasted on the chase...
  8. I’m Thankful that my eight to ten year old moniker of “Eagle Eye” still applies. On the way home, after deciding it was likely we wouldn’t actually be able to find the vehicle, I spotted a car with substantial body damage out of the corner of my eye. Upon inspection we determined it was definitely the vehicle involved in the hit and run, regardless of it not being white.
  9. Officer Lynch. I’m Thankful he listened to us and investigated the car we found a few blocks away, even though he was extremely doubtful that it was the culprit’s due to it not being white (there appeared to be white paint transfer on my car). Within ten minutes he was back and said that sure enough it was the right vehicle.
  10. That Officer Lynch was finally able to get in touch with the driver of the car and confirmed he was insured, in turn sharing with me the needed info to file a claim for the accident. He was very helpful and sympathetic as he revealed to me just that week his own personal vehicle had been victim to two hit and runs and that at least one of the two culprit’s were uninsured. I’m sure we mentally high-fived one another over the phone.

Okay, so maybe that was all chronological after all… And all within the time span of about two hours. Not too shabby…

Feel free to leave your Thankful List in the comments below, if you aren’t participating directly with the blog hop!

27 comments:

  1. wow you guys are like shaggy and Scooby! so freaking impressive! My car was in a hit and run and the person when they tracked him down was not insured God was that a b**** . I've heard tell that the writing endeavor this November has been tougher than usual. Good luck with the remainder. It's nice to see you back at the TToT! and so early!that means you get to dodge Lizzie's sunshine award! Woohoo!

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    1. Shaggy and Scooby?! BAHAHAHAAA! The PERFECT comparison, Zoe!

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    2. ACK which of us is the dog? >.< That is what the cop said even with his own hit and run incident, many aren't insured and then you can be pretty screwed.

      Well, I'm 20k behind as of now, ut i I get on a good bender I really believe I can still catch up. Thanks for the luck!

      I have a feeling she suspected I was going to participate in the TToT this weekend and thought she could trap me, but I'm too sneaky :)

      Dyanne...

      Yeah lol

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  2. Geez, sounds like quite a couple of hours! How big is the city you live in that you were able to find him? I'm sorry about your car, but it does sound like a tad bit of a fun adventure...? I'm definitely glad he's insured! Sucks about the officer's car. One has to wonder if either of those hit and runs had to do with someone he'd arrested. My brother is a cop and some guy spotted him coming out of a store and followed him. He tried to run him off the road, and my brother had to get out and pull his gun on him while he phoned for backup. Luckily, he'd seen the guy behind him and was leading him away instead of going home where he'd intended to go. People suck.

    I decided I wasn't going to stress myself out with NaNo stuff this month. Instead, I set my own series of goals that are quite a bit less intensive. Good luck to you with NaNo!

    The Warrior Muse

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    1. Shannon! It's been ages :) I hope you are well!

      I live in the Twin Cities, but not down town. Still, hypothetically they could have gotten on one of the major highways and been long gone. We were banking on the car sounding like it wouldn't make it too far, and that the individual lived in the area. I'm extremely glad he was insured!

      That is interesting to hear about that incident with your brother. That is pretty crazy and scary. Hopefully that guy is no longer on the road. I can't help but imagine he would have been locked up after that.

      Glad to hear you are setting some writing goals, but I bet you could have conquered 50k! I'm now 20k words behind lol but I'm still making the attempt. Thanks!

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  3. My gosh, I am glad that you are alright! I hope all the damages viz the car will be settled. Do take care!

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    1. Thanks Michelle :) All taken care of and I will do my best to keep safe.

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  4. Part of me was hoping your car was totaled so you could get a new one that works.
    We woke up one morning years ago to a policeman at our door. Someone had run into our car, knocking it into the car next to us. Of course the person was long gone. Such a pain. I can't believe you found the car, though! Quite handy to know who actually did it.

    Glad you joined in again this week. Sorry NaNoNaNo didn't work out, but glad it meant we got to hear from you. :)

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    1. As you likely discovered later in the weekend, it was indeed totaled out, so hopefully it will provide some coverage for a new car. I've been debating waiting until Spring, though, because it will be a pain constantly moving it during the winter. That and/or just the fact not being overly familiar with a new car during that time frame.

      Did you ever find out who hit your car? Hopefully you were covered by insurance >.<

      Well, the writing of words hasn't been coming as easily as I had hoped. These real life distractions definitely aren't helping any... but then again they give me something to actually write about :)

      Don't completely count me out of NaNo yet! >.< Sheeeeesh

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  5. very cool adventure! (at it great how much our popular culture to equips us with the knowledge to: track a vehicle, think about embedded paint, accident reconstruction... not to mention the stuff to say! 'book 'em Danno is good, 'he's dead, Jim', and of course, the classic, 'follow that cab!')

    for my part, I have never been in a hit and run situation, but I did have my car stolen once... and it ended up being found all crashed up in the woods one town over.

    good to see you at the 'hop

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    1. I wish I had thought of BOTH of those phrases during the hunt and conclusion :( Unfortunately the pain transfer in this case was playing strongly against me, but thankfully he wasn't a pain and refused to just investigate the other vehicle like some may have been.

      I've heard that is somewhat common. The stolen car either being totally crashed up and/or parked somewhere and ticketed a ton for being illegally parked.

      Good to be here... though, "here" is already passed I suppose...

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  6. Well done you for keeping on with the chase - and getting a sympathetic policeman to help :)

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    1. Thanks Katy :) The hunt made for a great time and story thereafter!

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  7. It's always a big drag to get your car hit by some A hole. Sounds like you got some payback by tracking them down.

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    1. My girlfriend thinks is a little silly, but I feel bad the individual was charged with a hit-and-run (can't imagine how insurance will be jacked by that...), but really am hoping it was a wake up call for them.

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  8. Wow, I'm glad nothing happened to you or any other person during the crash! I can't believe how people can just take off instead of owning up to their deeds. I guess you did the right thing looking for the car by yourself, and definitely a great adventure to share with the girlfriend. Are charges filed against the hit-and-runner?? Glad he does have insurance and the damage on your car will be taken care of.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and glad to have you back!!

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    1. Thanks, me too, Stephanie! It could have been so much worse than it was. I (we) assumed the individual was drunk, but who knows. I imagine people go into a Fight or Flight mode when something like that happens.

      They were charged with hit-and-run which isn't a light charge from my understandings. There can be a hefty fee and who knows how it affects your insurance. They can't be at a very good place with their insurance company I'd imagine.

      Glad to be back, but we will see how active I can remain >.<

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  9. I love that you went all vigilante and found the vehicle that hit yours! And that Officer Lynch listened to you and helped you get the information you needed to file with insurance. And that you weren't in the car when it happened. And that you posted in TToT this week.

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    1. That is how I roll, Dyanne. So be careful when you think about crossing me and my Naked Cake ideas! I don't much take kindly to being treated wrong... >.>

      Officer Lynch was awesome, and we suspect he enjoyed the detective work/investigating to finding the culprit just as much as Kate and I!

      I did indeed post this weekend and then posted again and then again!

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  10. Glad you're safe! I was just reading on facebook about a person who managed to track the person who stole her phone. Isn't technology amazing?

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. That is pretty awesome, was it just a tracking system or what? Maybe things can be tracked via GPS or apps you probably install (though uncertain if they are free). Chasing down bad guys can be fun, though, for sure :)

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  11. GOOD FOR OFFICER LYNCH! Thank goodness there are still wonderful, professional police officers out there who take pride in their work and do a thorough job. I'm sure the majority are like him, but I fear that the minority take the lion's share of spotlight, so it's lovely to see him celebrated.

    I kinda hoped you could get a new car out of this, though. But SO glad that you weren't in it, and that no-one else was hurt in the accident. PHEW!

    And hey, which one of you's Scooby, and which is Shaggy?

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    1. I agree, Lizzi! I was really afraid we would get an officer who wouldn't even take the time to investigate the vehicle we found. Even Officer Lynch seemed very skeptical given certain circumstances. Like I said above, though, I think he really enjoyed and got into the detective work that played out from that point on.

      I may still get a car out of it all, but am uncertain if I want to wait until after Winter comes and goes or not. That is a long time relying on others for help getting around, which in general doesn't sit well with me.

      Very glad no one else was hurt too!

      That is the very question haunting me now on a nightly basis as I try to drift into slumber...

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  12. Wow. Most impressive. So glad the bad guy didn't get away. And sounds like you are doing great on the NaNoWriMo. One of these Novembers I got to commit.

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    1. I'm glad he didn't too... I feel had we not taken the time to at least attempt to find the car that they may not have been found.

      Well... not doing so great... 20k+ words behind, but I'm still given it a go. Never too late to join in!

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  13. I can't believe you found the car and that the officer confirmed it! That's awesome!!!

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    1. It was awesome, Kristi! Thanks for hopping over to Day 1 of the Triple Threat Weekend!

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