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So this morning around 9 am I hear a loud crash. I think, wow, that must be right in front of my house. Well, almost...it was into the corner of my house  :angry:  :angry:  :angry: . I go out and there is a big white BMW that had popped the curb, ripped through some landscaping, torn up some pavers and smashed into the stacked stone and stucco front of the house. The guy is out cold and trapped by the airbag.

 

Call our security people and 911. He wakes up and wants to get out of the car. I tell him to stay put in case he's seriously hurt. Security arrives. The stupid guard finds out he doesn't have his license. She tells him to call his GF (they live down the street) to bring it. Unfortunately she arrives license in hand before the police do. Ambulance arrives. He declines medical care and wants to bolt. The car wasn't going anywhere. But he might have been able to hide long enough to sober up. Thankfully the Metro PD shows up. He's obviously 'impaired'. Officer asks where he coming from--and he answers a 'night of clubbing'  :ph43r: .  Fails the field sobriety test and ends up handcuffed and transported to jail (thank you karma).

 

The spot he hit comprises the joining of two of the walls of my wine cellar. I am expecting carnage. But thankfully, not a single bottle hit the floor. Good thing because I will need some wine tonight. He does not have insurance. And I am afraid there is some structural damage. Including a waterline to the 2nd floor. So much for restful two days before I have to head back to Tuscaloosa. 

 

It could've been much worse though. Middle school aged kids go past my house on the way to the school bus pickup point down the road. Half an hour earlier and I hate to think what could have happened...

 

 

So, the house is finally getting repaired. It only took almost 4 months between insurance, permitting to finally beginning the repairs about 2 weeks ago. Got about another 2-3 weeks to go. Although the weather (lots of rain and below freezing evening temperatures) may extend that estimate.

 

BUT, wait!! A new annoyance!!!

 

 

I have been subpoenaed to appear as a "witness"  :angry:  :angry:  :angry: . Of course the court date falls on a day I will be out of town. So they are going to continue it (unless the guy takes a plea). Not really sure why they want me there. I didn't see anything until after the car was rammed into the side of my house. According to the woman I spoke with at the Sheriff's Office, the guy has hired a very high profile / expensive attorney...ah, the joys of the legal system. I have a feeling this is going to have me posting in this thread more times than I would like to  :angry:  :angry:  :angry: .

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I asked the Sheriff's Office about doing a deposition. Was told it was not possible. Which is truly bizarre to me since I saw absolutely nothing other than a car stuck into the side of my house when I went outside. Was told by a lawyer friend this is how the system works here.That the guy is counting on either me, the arresting officer, transporting officers, paramedics, nurse who took the samples or the HOA security officers won't be able to attend the hearing. And it will be continued (no matter how many times) until we can all appear. The fact that it took it almost 4 months to make the docket makes me think this is going to be a very long process...especially considering how busy the judges are in LV. I wonder how long it will be before it can be rescheduled. And how many times it might end up doing so :angry: . 

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Office building has had no heat since Tuesday, thanks to both boiler pump motors failing at once.  I'm not a big fan of working from home for long stretches--I feel very indolent.  And then yesterday, to add insult to injury, Comcast Internet access went down so I had to park myself at a local cafe/co-working space for several hours.

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Office building has had no heat since Tuesday, thanks to both boiler pump motors failing at once.  I'm not a big fan of working from home for long stretches--I feel very indolent.  And then yesterday, to add insult to injury, Comcast Internet access went down so I had to park myself at a local cafe/co-working space for several hours.

Since the beginning of the new year, we've had several days of either no heat or no running water. It's been kind of strange working from home and in fact, on one of no water days I went in anyway as it was too chaotic to work at home.

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At the Chelsea branch of Hao Noodles yesterday, I noticed that the prices of the Lunar New Year specialty dishes were suspiciously out of line with the rest of the menu. $42 for a "mixed stew," for instance, and $20 for dumplings filled with corn and some other stuff (and not white truffles or percebes or like that). Despite this clear indication that the special menu was a rip-off, I ordered an $18 "roasted yam with ice cream" which I somehow convinced myself was more exciting than it sounded. It was not. It was half a baked (in foil) purple yam, topped with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream and some chopped peanuts. For $18. So I am my own annoyance right now.

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We are surrounded by slush and ice.    Had carried a chain saw out to husband who was working at the edge of our property..    Pussyfooted across outer field, across inner yard, negotiated deck steps, crossed deck and breathed a sigh of relief as I stepped into the house, not realizing the soles of my boots were sheets of ice.    Performed a half pipe without benefit of snowboard, landed on my left shoulder.     Short recon suggested nothing broken but my left arm is useless from elbow to shoulder.  

 

Damn, damn, damn, damn, damn.....

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Oh jeez, that sucks.  

 

My annual doc visits have shown a slight appearance of aortic plaque, which means first getting a coronary calcium score test, then a longer discussion about potentially going on a statin, which I really was kinda hoping to avoid. 

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