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Old 06-09-2015, 10:16 PM   #4211
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I'll make a seperate thread tonight with my recipe and technique. It's probably far different than what you're used to, but it works.

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Old 06-10-2015, 12:01 AM   #4212
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Got hit in the back again in my poor Subaru. This time was like the last; a driver on the cellphone. They were older in a Mercedes, and apparently he's a retired lawyer and tried to convince the highway patrol trooper that the accident was my fault.

He said I had no reason to stop, as I was about to turn left in a turning lane when the light turned from green to yellow, and I was a way from the turning place so I just slowed down gradually and stopped. He said I just stopped very suddenly in front of him and he had no choice but to hit me.

What was really funny was this -- he was still on his phone talking to someone when the trooper arrived. The trooper asked him to get off the phone so he could talk to the driver, and the driver told the trooper to hang on, as he was in the middle of a conversation.

That went over like a fart in church with the trooper, and we both had to wait until he got off the phone. Unfortunately in NC, it's illegal to snatch a phone out of someone's hand.

What a shame.

The trooper cited him with following too closely, failure to yield, and using a cellphone while driving. The guy told the trooper he was a retired lawyer, he would have the trooper's job, and insisted it was my fault. He was berating the trooper when I finally had enough, and I said:

"Since when is it okay for you to hit me when I was slowing down in a turn lane and gradually stopping AFTER the light turned yellow?"

He replied, "You had plenty of time to turn. You stopped in front of me for no reason, and you're at fault and I'll prove it in court."

Yay. The trooper made him give his insurance information to me, but the retired lawyer said neither he nor his insurance company is liable, so the trooper said that was between him and his insurance company and the court.

Now I am going to call his insurance company and follow up tomorrow. I have the accident report which shows he was clearly at fault, and I won't be bullied.

My car is driveable; her bumper is a mess though. No one was hurt. When the trooper asked me for my cell phone (they do this now) I gave it to him and he saw I had not had anything I ever answered to long before this accident (about 4 hours when I was at work) so he could rule that part out on my behalf.

Grrrrrr!! I have never understood why some people think they are above the law.

I do have to admit, however, when the trooper inspected my phone, my wallpaper shows a picture of all 8 cats curled up amongst them on our couch.

He said, "Are these your cats?"

I replied, "Yes."

He handed the phone back to me and said, "You're a slacker. I have 22 cats."

LOL!!

So....I guess I'm going to court over this. Bleah. We'll just see what happens tomorrow.

I must say my sweet Subaru Forester still drove perfectly despite the damage.
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Old 06-10-2015, 01:42 AM   #4213
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Aw CCL, it sounds like your sweet Subaru is a magnet for accidents!

Hope this gets resolved quickly. Like maybe the judge will throw that lawyer into jail right after he/she takes the guy's phone away. Fortunately, you had a nice trooper. My only accident ended up with a nice one, too. It wasn't so bad, even though I was the "hitter" and not the "hittee". I had a stick shift at the time, took my foot off the break, and then started to roll forward. Lucky me, the guy in front had just been rear-ended recently, did have his car inspected by the insurance company, and was waiting for the check so he could get his car repaired. He said all the damage was the old damage, and that I probably hadn't added anything to it. Then there was his wife. Poor guy, he was actually married to her? She was something else.
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Old 06-10-2015, 07:23 AM   #4214
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Aw CCL, it sounds like your sweet Subaru is a magnet for accidents!

Hope this gets resolved quickly. Like maybe the judge will throw that lawyer into jail right after he/she takes the guy's phone away. Fortunately, you had a nice trooper. My only accident ended up with a nice one, too. It wasn't so bad, even though I was the "hitter" and not the "hittee". I had a stick shift at the time, took my foot off the break, and then started to roll forward. Lucky me, the guy in front had just been rear-ended recently, did have his car inspected by the insurance company, and was waiting for the check so he could get his car repaired. He said all the damage was the old damage, and that I probably hadn't added anything to it. Then there was his wife. Poor guy, he was actually married to her? She was something else.
I know what you mean about the other spouse, be it man or woman. I was driving a pickup truck with my DW and at that time, 2 kids in the cab. Everyone was wearing seat belts. We were on a two lane highway heading out of Spokane, Wa. toward out little area called Moab Junction. A station wagon pulled out right in front of me and I had no time to avoid it. I hit the rear, left quarter panel and nearly skidded into a very large ditch. The station wagon was spun around 180 degrees and sat on the opposite side of the road from which it started (to my right). The man, a driver in his late 50's/early 60's got out of his car, asked if we were alright, and apologized profusely. He started giving me the name of his insurance company. His wife, on the other hand, got out and started raving that we were in so much trouble because we had struck their car. She stated that her son was a state trooper and the law said that if you hit someone, you're at fault. I tried to explain to her the rules of right-of-way, and the skid marks were clearly visible from when I hit the brakes and tried to swerve to avoid hitting them. The husband also tried to tell her it was his fault, but all to no avail. She just kept going on in a heated manner. When the state trooper arrived, what happened was obvious because of the skid marks, and the driver's testimony. The woman was still going on. He finally just wrote the ticket and handed it to the other driver and said if it went to court, he would testify. We got in the truck, which had a crunched bumper, and left. There insurance paid for the repairs and that was all there was to that.

It's happened to me three times that the vehicle I was driving was crunched, or nearly destroyed by the actions of someone else who wasn't paying attention, or made a mistake, and tried to blame the accident on me. Two times it was by uninsured motorists, once by the woman described above, even though her husband was honest and honorable. Each time the evidence pointed to my obvious innocence and there were witnesses. That's three out of four vehicular accidents in my life of driving, and in three, people were lying about what happened. The other one was my fault, and not my fault. I didn't get ticketed for it, but I hit the other car due to being temporarily blinded on an unfamiliar road, by the sun. I was 16 years old, and totaled two cars. Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt in either car. The first thing I said when I awoke from unconsciousness was "It was my fault: to the police officer on the scene. My passenger was busy saying, "Be quiet. Don't say anything." But I knew it was my fault. I didn't get a ticket as the circumstances that created the accident were such that I wasn't held accountable.

It is sad to me that people won't take responsibility for their actions. And I can't say that it's a generational thing. In the cases listed above, every driver was a middle aged, or older adult, not a punk kid with a bad attitude.

I am sorry that you had to put up with a pin-head that thought he could intimidate and bully his way through. I hope it all goes well, and quickly for you. I understand how you feel. I've been there, more than once.

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Old 06-10-2015, 07:38 AM   #4215
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I know a couple that does the opposite, they make a point of telling people how much they paid for everything. I have had drinks and dinner at their house and felt like I should tuck a fifty under the rim of my plate to compensate them for everything I consumed!

It is very common practice in Russian communities when invited to a restaurant for wedding or other type of celebration, people find how much restaurant cost per person and that is how much money they bring for the present. I grew up with it. Makes a lot of sense to me. Parents pay for wedding, guests return that money to young couple. All sides win.


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Old 06-10-2015, 07:41 AM   #4216
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I am not a FIL, yet. My oldest is 29, I keep bothering him with questions. When? He has a serious GF. He says I am annoying. Now, what am I to do? I am his father, I want to know. Am I wrong?


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Old 06-10-2015, 07:51 AM   #4217
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Speaking of accidents. I was on a HWY, during the rush our. Traffic is bumper to bumper. When I had an opportunity to move to the left I did. I should have known better, the guy was busy with some paper work. About a mile later he of course hits me. No damage to my Toyota van, his Ford truck lost front bumper. He tells police guy I cut in front of him. I said yeah, I did about a mile ago, but you were to busy to notice, since you were writing something in your papers. The officer went to his car and found the paper that had a smudge, like probably when he hit me and pan went thru the paper. I guess he was filling in some work sheets. People sometimes are unbelievable.


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Old 06-10-2015, 07:54 AM   #4218
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It is very common practice in Russian communities when invited to a restaurant for wedding or other type of celebration, people find how much restaurant cost per person and that is how much money they bring for the present. I grew up with it. Makes a lot of sense to me. Parents pay for wedding, guests return that money to young couple. All sides win.


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That custom was pretty standard in my family, the wedding present had to meet or exceed the cost of your families drinks and dinner. I'm glad that in my family the whole wedding thing has become much simpler. The days of the big hotel/country club weddings of the 60's and 70's have been replaced with informal receptions, barbeques and potluck style events. Heck we're just glad the kids are getting married, that fell out of fashion for a number of years!
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Old 06-10-2015, 12:25 PM   #4219
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My daughter was hit about three blocks from her home. She was just feet from the store she was headed for. There is an exit from Rt. A1 and the car that hit her was making an exit. She didn't have her wallet with her. But she keeps her DMV ID in the glove compartment. So she reached in and told the driver she had to go back to her home and get her wallet. But she showed him her DMV ID. "Oh sh*t. I am so screwed." He was still there when she got back just a few minutes later. She had checked her car over and since there wasn't much damage to either vehicle, decided to not report it to her insurance company. He was so grateful to her for not causing his insurance to go up a couple of points, she received a HUGE bouquet of flowers the next day. She almost started crying when they arrived. My daughter told me that the amount of damage to her care wouldn't have even amounted to her deductible. And his was even less. Some accidents do have a happy ending.
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Old 06-10-2015, 12:36 PM   #4220
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I am not a FIL, yet. My oldest is 29, I keep bothering him with questions. When? He has a serious GF. He says I am annoying. Now, what am I to do? I am his father, I want to know. Am I wrong?


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Don't feel bad Charlie. My grandson gave his GF a beautiful diamond last year. But no plans for marriage in the near future, if ever. It was just the symbolic meaning of the ring for the both of them. Commitment. Neither one wants children. They enjoy traveling and going on vacation. Then there is his little sister. She is approaching her mid 20's and has no interest in marriage or a permanent relationship. So my daughter and her husband are screwed big time for grandchildren. Looks like they will have to grow old together without any grand kiddies underfoot.
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