Posts tagged ‘car’

January 26, 2009

Lug nuts

I just enrolled in AAA today. I’m waiting for someone to come help me. I have changed a flat tire before and even when I needed help, I was able to remove the lug nuts. But not today. I tried lots of things. I stepped on the lug remover, I used a hammer, a rock, WD-40, and even a hair dryer. Only one came off. The other ones won’t even budge at all. I was going to buy an electric remover but the store I called doesn’t sell them anymore and when they did, they were about $120. So I’d rather just get the AAA membership.

Well, as I was typing this, they came. The man came a lot sooner than I thought and was quick and a nice dude. Yay! Off to work.

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July 30, 2008

An accident with a hospital bus

Monday afternoon, my mother’s car got hit by a hospital bus.

As some of you may know, my mother has been sick for the past few months. She has been dealing with chronic back pain that is so bad, she cannot even work. She went to Union Memorial Hospital Monday afternoon because she had an appointment to get injections in her back to help alleviate the pain. Her procedure was finished and she was tired, sore and just wanted to go home. I went with her because she was required to have someone drive her home, since she wasn’t in any condition to drive herself.

We were in the car, leaving Union Memorial Hospital. I was stopped at an intersection, prepared to turn right. There was a hospital bus in front of us who was stopped at the intersection as well. Instead of turning right, the driver decided to go in reverse. He hit us and he didn’t slam the brakes after hitting us, he kept going back and dragged us back with him a little. Then he drove forward, looking like he was going to leave the scene. We are yelling at him. He stops for a moment and then goes in reverse – hitting us again!

We ran up to the bus and he’s like whaaa? huh? We’re like GET OUT OF THE BUS AND LOOK. The dude was either reallllllly tired and old (he’s like in his 60s, which isn’t THAT old) and/or high on marijuana or pills. He was just way too mellow and showed no emotion to what happened.

My
mom said to him to exchange each other’s info. He was like “Exchange information? What information? What do you mean? Oh, … well why would we do that? We’re okay, it’s okay”.


That’s when I reached for my cell phone to call the cops. Thank goodness for cells!

I call the cops and they say they’re on their way. Then, a Union Memorial “cop” comes up and tells us, oh don’t call the cops, they won’t come.
I say “Nice try, they’re right there“.
Do I have stupid written across my face? I’m not going to trust someone who is paid by the hospital to be fair and unbiased toward us. The Baltimore City police officer was cool, but not the hospital officer.

The bus driver was like “Well, it’s not my fault. I didn’t know you were behind me”. That doesn’t make it our fault. He should have looked. We weren’t even in his blind spot and he probably shouldn’t even have been reversing in the first place whether or not someone was there. We weren’t moving. He hit us. It’s not our fault.

Why did this crap have to happen Monday of all days? As if my mom doesn’t already feel crappy enough as it is. I’m not really too upset by this, though I’m not too happy, either. But my mom is really upset and that is what makes me mad. I don’t want to see her stressed out and in pain. She just needed to go home and rest after her procedure. But things had to get worse. She’s had to deal with taking off work, worker’s comp, insurance, doctors, etc. the past few months because of her back problems. Now she has to deal with auto insurance, car repairs, renting a car, etc. because of this.

I understand people make mistakes and I am forgiving of that but this was negligence.
He didn’t look. Then didn’t feel us when he smacked into us. Then didn’t hear us yelling at him. Then backed into us again. Then didn’t know why I ran up his bus. Then doesn’t ask if we’re okay or anything. And he didn’t even feel bad for hitting someone who is ill.

Luckily, her car is drivable so far, but it definitely needs repair. The front is dented in and considering that she has a Volvo, that’s pretty bad.

I had to take off yesterday and today. I went to the doctor’s because my neck and back hurt, going down my spine all the way down. My arms and legs are sore and I have bad headaches. I have sprains everywhere. My mom didn’t feel it yesterday but today, she is feeling pain in the same spots that I am. She went to the hospital to feel less pain, not more! I feel bad for her. If it wasn’t for the Volvo, I think our injuries would have been worse.

My doctor said I shouldn’t go back to work until Friday at the earliest and she gave me a note. She said I might even feel the whiplash for a couple weeks, though not as badly as I am today and yesterday. I’m supposed to go to Atlantic City on Sunday through Tuesday so I hope this doesn’t mess with that.

She prescribed me some painkillers and muscle relaxers. So I’ve been sleeping most of the day because it’s making me so drowsy. It hurts to sit up or stand up anyway, so I have just been in bed a lot of the day.

I’m just thankful that the accident wasn’t any worse. I’m not really that pissed because I know that there are people who have been in much worse accidents than this. The main thing that I am dissatisfied about is that my mom has to deal with this and that the bus driver could have put a bunch of passengers at risk. But luckily, no one but him was in the bus.

July 5, 2007

I changed my flat tire by myself!

The Bad News: The fix a flat didn’t hold much longer. The tire went out again today. I ended up getting two new back tires and now I’m beyond broke until my paycheck goes through and clears.  I got the check in the mail today after work, but the banks had been closed for hours by the time I got home. This sucks. I hope I can still see Lennex tomorrow night at Rams Head Live. I hope I have enough gas to get to and from work tomorrow. Eek.

The Good News: I finally was able to change the flat tire all by myself! I’ve come close before but ended up needing help with this or that. The only thing was my best friend Adam came by to make sure I drove to Sears okay on my spare (and give me a ride home in case I’d have to leave it there over night. Luckily, they fixed it tonight).  Since he was there, I had him double-check that I had the lug nuts on tightly enough. And I did! WOO!!!!! Now I know the next time I get a flat tire, I probably won’t have to bother anyone for help.  I hope that’s how it works anyway.

Some of you are thinking “Big deal, I’ve been able to change my flat on my own since I was 16”. But I know many of you call AAA the moment the flat goes out and you have no clue how to do it.  😉

For me, I just feel a little more independent now, hehe. One less thing to stress about. Getting a flat in the future will still suck. But it won’t suck as much.

July 3, 2007

Paycheck got messed up, flat tire

Nothing important. I’m just venting…

I usually get paid every Tuesday and it gets directly deposited into my account. I noticed today my money wasn’t there. Apparantly, something got screwy with payroll’s computers and so they mailed me a check instead of doing direct deposit. Of course this has to happen when there’s a holiday smack dab in the middle of the week. I was waiting until today to go grocery shopping. Now I have to hold off. I’m hungry. This check is coming from Texas, so it’s going to be a few days.  Plus, by the time I get the check after I come home from work, the banks will be closed. When I can finally deposit it, it will take at least a day or two to go through. This had to happen the same day I get a flat tire and have little money! I walked to my car after work and one of my tires was flat. I used the fix-a-flat stuff and went to a gas station to inflate it a little more. It seems to be okay now, but who knows how long that will last. Tires aren’t all that expensive, but I recently dropped a lot of money to fix my brakes and since I haven’t gotten paid yet this week, money is tight.

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June 14, 2007

When I finally wasn’t broke, this happened…

Last week, I had to drop over $1200 on my car! I had to get the brakes done – but not just the brake pads and shoes. Oh, no. I had to get the pads, shoes, calipers, rotors, and the master cyllinder done.  And get this, it was only the back brakes that I got done. I had to spend $600 a few months ago getting a bunch of stuff done to the front brakes. My g-d. It’s ridiculous. And yes, I took my car to a few different places over the past few months, so the mechanic was telling me the truth – unless they all lied. I just hate the fact that it’s so hard to ever get a new car. Whenever I save up a little bit of money for a potential down payment, I have to spend it all on the car I have now. And it’s on stuff that I can’t just ignore.  I don’t want to end up killing someone because my brakes are shot.

So basically, I am broke for a while.  I won’t be able to see Margaret Cho or any of the awesome bands that are performing on the True Colors tour. It’s coming to town Sunday.

This kind of stuff is so frustrating.

May 15, 2007

Baltimore is number 15th city for rude drivers

Speaking of rude and polite drivers, there’s an Associated Press article that just came out today that rates the cities with the rudest drivers. It’s based on a survey, so who really knows the accuracy of the results, but it’s interesting to know.

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May 15, 2007

Polite/Rude Drivers

This morning on my way to work, I let someone over and they actually waved thank you. That hasn’t happened in months. Of course, the rest of the way to work, not only was I never thanked but I was rudely and dangerously cut off several times. Oh well.

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