Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Our poor car!

This is what happened to our poor car after the Renaissance Festival. We just made it out of the parking for a few minutes when the traffic density increased. So we had to slow down till we came to a stop (due to an accident ahead of us and the left lane traffic having to make a turn to go the opposite direction on the 60). DH said something to the effect as to "hold on" and I'm thinking, we're clear ahead, when we got rammed from the back. Our KIA looks really good in comparison to how the Honda Accord, that slammed into us, looked. Their front end was dangling and smashed in.
Today we received an appointment for Thursday to have the car looked at by the claims adjuster (I think that's what he's called) and then it hopefully won't take too long to get the repairs done.
With Dh's school after work and the kid's after school schedule, we really need two cars.

OK, to contintue the accident story above. A few minutes, after we were moved off the road and one Highway Patrol officer was taking down statements three more cars crashed a few feet away from us on the left hand lane and one of the cars (well, actually a minivan) ended up in the ditch/ median. With two more patrol cars joining to tend to that accident, you'd think people would FINALLAY slow down, but unfortunately that does not seem the case in AZ. They really could make money here by increasing personell and giving out speeding tickets!!!

Here's something my hubby sent me this morning that fits lol:


1. "Phoenix" actually consists of Scottsdale, Chandler, Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, Glendale, and half of the Mexican border.

2. The morning rush hour is from 5:00am to noon. The evening rush hour is from noon to 7:00pm. Friday's rush hour starts on Thursday morning.

3. The minimum acceptable speed on most freeways is 85 mph. On Loop 101, your speed is expected to match the highway number. Anything less is considered "Wussy".

4. Forget the traffic rules you learned elsewhere. Phoenix has its own version of traffic rules. For example, cars/trucks with the loudest muffler go first at a four-way stop; the trucks with the biggest tires go second.

However, East Valley, SUV-driving, cell-phone-talking moms ALWAYS have the right of way.

5. If you actually stop at a yellow light, you will be rear ended.

6. Never honk at anyone. Ever. Seriously. It's an offense that can get you shot.

7. Road construction is permanent in Phoenix. Detour barrels are moved around for your entertainment pleasure during the middle of the night to make the next day's driving a bit more exciting.

8. Watch carefully for road hazards such as drunks, dogs,
barrels, cones, cats, mattresses, shredded tires, rabbits,
vultures, javelinas, roadrunners, and the coyotes feeding
on any of these items.

9. Maricopa Freeway, Papago Freeway and the "I-10" are the same road. SR202 is the same road as The Red Mountain FWY. Dunlap and Olive are the same street too. Jefferson becomes Washington, but they are not the same street. I-17 is also called The Black Canyon Freeway as well as The Veterans Memorial Highway. The SR 51 has recently been renamed to Piestewa Freeway because Squaw Peak Parkway was too easy to pronounce. SR 101 is also the Pima FWY except west of I-17, which is also The Black Canyon FWY, and The Veterans Memorial HWY. Lastly, Thunderbird Rd. becomes Cactus Rd. but, Cactus Rd. doesn't become Thunderbird Rd. because it dead ends at a mountain.

10. If someone actually has their turn signal on, wave them to the
shoulder immediately to let them know it has been "accidentally

11. If you are in the left lane and only driving 70 in a 55-65 mph zone, you are considered a road hazard and will be "flipped off" accordingly. If you return the flip, you'll be shot.

12. For summer driving, it is advisable to wear potholders on your hands.

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