April 30th, 2008
Doesn't that just say it all?
I woke up earlier than normal this morning because Oneone decides she needs to "go" at 4:45am instead of 5:30am and being the considerate husband that I, drag my okole out of bed so Da Wife doesn't lose her precious beauty sleep due to the dog's piercing whine.
It's a little darker than usual and the dogs are out doing their thing and once I get them back in the house it starts to rain.
Whew, just beat that - what timing.
Since I was up up early, I figured I might as well get ready for work and left earlier than normal. At the traffic light exiting my house the light had just turned yellow and I was just about in the intersection so I made the turn with ample time as no cars were around. Then at the main intersection - first light to enter Pearl City - the light had turned yellow too and a car heading in the opposite direction gunned it to make the left turn and I faded my brakes to let him complete the turn because at his speed he was going to turn wide.
Guesstimated right - very wide turn into both lanes instead of him staying in his inner most lane. Then as I approached the H1 on-ramp from Pearl City (you know, the big round-about by the Sears Distribution Center) I usually go at a pretty good clip since it's a nice turn but since it had just rained the roads tend to be very slick and I took it very easy.
* Here's another useless fact that is actually useful - at the beginning of fresh rain, the roads WILL be slick because of the oil left in the lane. Once rain hits the oil, the dried oil begins to "rehydrate" and drain - usually towards the right because every single street "should" be angled towards a drain. That's why the most dangerous times to drive in rain is the first few minutes as the oil hasn't had enough time to clear the patch of road the tires are in contact with the most. *
Sooo, just when I was completing the turn and straightening out three cars to my right just brake suddenly and I see this HUGE a$$ SUV fishtail to the right, she over compensates and yanks her wheel to the left, locks her brakes, then spin a full 360° coming RIGHT AT ME!
Wassap Wit Dat?
Ok, not right at me - but wasn't that exciting? She was about a good forty feet away but going about 40mph, I was pretty close when she finished her spin. She ended up actually facing oncoming traffic during morning rush hour but luckily stopped in the median - ho, da scary.
I actually would have slammed right into her - yes, it was a sistah cause I saw her Beetle Juice face as I passed her - if it wasn't for what happened before. What if the car at the intersection right before didn't gun it? I would have entered my turn a little earlier and been right in front of that SUV. Or what if I waited at the intersection near home? I would have avoided everything after: the car gunning it and the SUV making me check for Hershey squirts. What if my dog could actually use the toilet?
I know situations like this has happened to EVERYONE - So wat your story?
"What if I was a second earlier/later?"
"What if I waited?"
"What if I rushed?"
"What if I didn't hesitate?"
"Why didn't I do that?"