Monday, July 05, 2010

The Dangers of Paying off Your Van

Posted by Mandy at 12:45 PM

Why yes, that is a big gaping hole where my window once was! Awesome.

I was driving to town today to take a daycare dog back to his owner, van full of kids ready to hit the pool after, when a REALLY loud noise came out of nowhere. Everyone screamed, and I heard lots of crashing in the back. Right where my baby sits, glass was flying everywhere! *You know, the most accident prone child on the planet that has managed to swallow a rock AND possibly break his finger all THIS week.* Thankfully, everyone was okay.

So, I look in my rear view mirror to see who was responcible... I mean.. surely someone's break lights will be lit up coming back to see what damage they've done to this innocent family vehicle. Nope. Three pick-up trucks driving merrily on their way... I have no clue which is the guilty party, but I hope they have a nice hole and gash somewhere in their vehicle to show for their not-so-nice ways. Samuel would say they were "stinky poo poo heads.." Ditto.

A big hip-hip hooray for the Monticello PD that came to my rescue.. for at least the 3rd or 4th time in the 10 years we've lived here. Must I always be a damzel in distress? One officer helped me load 3 of the 4 kids into his police car so that they didn't have to eat glass on the way back home. And no, they don't get paid extra for being nice guys.. that's a free service! So pat a cop on the back today instead of calling him an A-Hole the next time you get pulled over. Back on topic..

Not that having a totally trashed van window is ever a good thing, but I just want to say how extra sucky it is when you've worked so hard to get the darn thing paid off, only to have to keep paying to fix crap all of the time. Our left front tire was low yesterday, and we just patched the two back tires last month... and today this! The tires are minor... the two back tires happened due to hubby doing work and running over nails... and we must have picked up something at the firework's stand Saturday to account for the new issue. But an entire window needing  to be replaced? In the same week as two X-rays for Sam and other dr's bills that will be left unstated?! You get out of debt just to pay off more.. I swear it!

I will sit and cringe to see what our insurance will or won't pay. Of course, being a holiday weekend, no one is in the office today. Or they heard what happened and are avoiding my calls...

5 comments:

Amy said...

So sorry, Mandy! What a terrible thing to happen. And I was thinking on my way home from picking up Roman that the very least I could have done for you is offer you and the kids a ride back home. Bad me. Oh, but I'm sure they preferred getting to ride in a police car. Maybe in another ten years, that's the thing they will remember instead of the horror of shattering glass. Just glad everyone is safe...remember the blessings.

Mandy on Monday, 05 July, 2010 said...

Oh, Amy! No worries!! I had to stick around for a bit anyways to document everything - it was easier for them to just help out. Thankfully we knew them well so it wasn't too big of a deal. :) And, yes.. riding in the cop car when you're a kid is ALWAYS the most fun way lol

Liz on Monday, 05 July, 2010 said...

Oh, that is so, so terrible! I hope karma finds the sucker who did that you to! Thank goodness everyone is OK!

Nina @ Momma Go Round on Monday, 05 July, 2010 said...

That is so sucky! Sorry that happened to you :( I was hit and run once. Nothing like coming out to my car in the morning, already late, to find my tail light and bumper busted. I got all excited about a note left on my car, except it was a nice neighbor saying he saw the car, but couldn't grab the license plate. At least he tried.

Thank goodness for the nice cop and no one being hurt. Bills suck, but happy to hear that everyone is ok!

Mommy Spirit on Monday, 05 July, 2010 said...

Mandy, I feel your pain. We recently took a vacation in the Bahamas and left our car parked at the Laguardia (NYC) parking lot. When we got back from our vacation, we noticed that someone side swiped our car. No note, of course, and the airport has signs everywhere saying that they're not responsible for any damage.

On another note, I recently received the Sunshine Award and would like to pass it on to you. (I'm not sure if you received this before or not...)

http://mommyspirit.blogspot.com/2010/07/i-received-sunshine-award.html

Please take care, and have a much better week!

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