How lucky and unlucky can I be?

Weird, weird morning. I never look forward to my annual physical, but after mine this AM, I guess I felt a little fortunate to be healthy. Plus with all the political talk and thinking I've done about those less fortunate in this world, there's not a lot I have to complain about (I'm trying to keep my political diatribes off my blog...but if you see my Rav4 driving around here, my opinion is clear).

So when I exited off the freeway on my trip from the doctor's office to Starbucks before coming in to work, I saw a homeless man with a sign. I am not someone who always gives to homeless people, but feeling particularly fortunate today, I reached in my wallet and gave this guy some green stuff. And I felt even better about it...they guy was clearly excited and I didn't have to avoid eye contact with him as I waited for the light.

Well, I felt great until the guy on the motorcycle behind me hit my car and then sped off (literally while I was reaching out my window). It happened so fast, I didn't catch his license number. And that is the definition of ironic (trust me, it's not a black fly in your Chardonnay...that's a bummer, but not irony).

Sometimes life just jerks you around I guess. I hope the guy on the motorcycle feels great about me having to pay a $300 deductible to get my car fixed. I have a special name for him in my head. I hope I see him again so I can share it ; )


Comments (6)

  1. Maurits says:

    no good deed goes unpunished…

  2. mschaef says:

    That happened to me a few years ago. It was cold, rainy day, and this guy was panhandling on the side of the street. Given the weather, it was pretty obvious he didn’t have a choice about what he was doing, so I decided to give him a few bucks. Anyway, I pull ahead slowly, give the guy some money and get rammed by the utility van behind me that assumed I’d be pulling away faster than I did. Thankfully, the van didn’t pull a hit and run…

  3. Michael says:

    you are right, it is a bummer.

  4. Ugh – that is so horrible! But I do admire you for putting a light-hearted spin on a very crappy experience. Not that my admiration / respect does anything to fix your car. 🙁

  5. mike says:

    Not to seem cold or harsh, but please give money to the Eastside United Way, or donate time and effort to Northwest Harvest. When you do you feel "less guilt", and your money goes a long way to helping the people that really need it.

    I’ve seen two accidents, and now have heard of 2 more where this has occurred. I’ve almost considered standing on the corner near Richards Road exit off of I90 with a sign that says Give to the United Way Not Me, but thought I would cause a few more accidents. It’s a shame about your car. Hopefully a motorcycle doesn’t do to much damage. Perhaps a traffic cam caught it on tape.

  6. Heather says:

    Mike-I do donate to organizations…don’t worry. But sometimes 20 bucks in my pocket and seeing someone who has had a hard life cause me to want to reach out to them immediately. It’s not a substitute for giving to cahritable organizations.

    Didn’t think about the traffic cam thing. I’ve basically found out that neither the police nor the highway patrol are going to let me file a report since I don’t know who this guy is. So my deductible just went up. Hopefully the repair won’t cost that much.

    Well this stuff happens to everyone I guess. It could be worse. I could be Ashlee Simpson having to explain about my "severe acid reflux" ; )

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