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Near Miss This Morning

Posted by Abaco 2 months, 1 week ago to Philosophy
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Thought I'd share here. This morning when I was driving in to my office in the dark I almost was in a head-on collision with somebody driving the wrong way on our local blvd. It happened so fast. He grazed the dodge durango in front of me, headed my way, and I managed to swerve very hard across the center divide to miss him. Luckily, at that early hour, nobody was coming the other way on the other side. It happened so quick - from seeing his headlights to just missing him was only about two seconds. I quickly spun my truck around to try to intervene or see how he ended up. Luckily, again, hardly anybody out at that hour. He got turned around and was being visited by the durango driver...who was so frightened he was shaking. I made sure the wrong-way driver didn't leave because he was clearly challenged...acting drunk. Ends up he is an old veteran suffering from diabetes. Guys...this happened so fast. My body just reacted and my mind thought, "So...this is how it happens..." I was shaken, but am at work today...reevaluating my life a little bit.


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  • Posted by $ allosaur 2 months, 1 week ago
    Back during the Seventies I had a job at newspaper located where that if I wanted to visit folks at home, that being Dothan, Alabama, or an hour's drive farther south at Compass Lake, Florida, depending on the the time of year, that meant always having to drive on a congested four-lane called Southern Boulevard in Montgomery, Alabama.
    That's when I was a young man with sharp reflexes in my early twenties and fairly fresh out of the Marines.
    Anyway, year by year, at least twice on the boulevard I drove by multi-car bumper-to-bumper pileups that involved six or more cars. Someone would ram the back of a braked to a stop car and then what followed was a domino effect.
    One day I was driving home and was on Southern Boulevard beside a grass island between the different direction lanes and was in a line of cars stopped by a red light.
    Dead behind me I heard Crash! Crash! Crash! and immediately knew what was coming. I took my foot of the brake and briefly toed the gas while wheeling right onto that grassy median.
    The last car hit got bumped halfway through the space my car had vacated~~that stopping the domino bumper-to-bumper effect.
    Save for some people rubbing the back of their necks, no one was seriously hurt. Well, maybe.
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    • Posted by $ 25n56il4 2 months ago
      I was driving on a highway entering my town when an on-coming vehicle entered my lane. Reacting from some instinct, I yanked my SUV off the road taking out some curve signs. My car was out of control and my husband's voice from the rear of my vehicle, calmly said, 'Take your foot off the brake and release the steering wheel!' I did and my car settled down. Problem: My husband had been dead for 20 years!
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      • Posted by $ allosaur 2 months ago
        Me dino don't have a problem with that problem. But that's just me.
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        • Posted by $ 25n56il4 2 months ago
          One of my very religious friends said, 'Well, you would naturally respond to his voice!'
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          • Posted by $ allosaur 2 months ago
            Something knew how to look out for you at that particular moment.
            When I was a state corrections officer during 1986 something once flowed through me, calming me when I was on my back
            fighting an inmate.
            That inmate had grabbed my baton when I grabbed the one he took from another officer being beaten up.
            I had been in a terror that other inmates standing around would start kicking my head in at any second.
            But what I felt flowing inside me was very loving.
            Before a minute could pass, rescuing officers had pulled off that inmate and pulled me to my feet. I did not have a scratch on me.
            Okay, after now mulling it over, I don't care who doesn't like what I think it was that comforted me. It was my holy spirit connection to God.
            And if I'm wrong, an angel embraced me instead.
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            • Posted by $ 25n56il4 2 months ago
              I have a theory if one doesn't believe in the way we do. No one yet has explained the human brain. Perhaps our survival skills are somewhere in our brain or DNA or whatever.
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            • Posted by $ exceller 2 months ago
              Thanks for sharing that experience, Dino.

              I am not religious as you know, we spoke about that subject many times here in the Gulch.

              But I believe what you just described. We all have experiences like that and what it signifies to me is that we are all connected to a power in the Universe.

              That power holds the Universe together, be it of the dimension that exceeds the resolution of the human mind. But I believe it exists and maybe a 1,000 years from now it will be revealed, aided by science/technology.
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              • Posted by $ allosaur 2 months ago
                I respectfully disagree with what is your freedom of speech right to believe.
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                • Posted by $ exceller 2 months ago
                  Of course, Dino. What is you disagree with? That there is a Universal power round us?
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                  • Posted by $ allosaur 2 months ago
                    That makes me this of The Force from Star Wars.
                    That's not my Christian belief system. Everyone has some idea what that's about.
                    And there's a rule against preaching religion on this "open board."
                    We're not in a "PM universe" right now.
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                    • Posted by $ exceller 2 months ago
                      That is not what I alluded to.

                      Besides, I was not "preaching" against religion, simply stated that I was not one.

                      I wasn't aware it was forbidden.
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                      • Posted by $ allosaur 2 months ago
                        I know you were not preaching against religion. Nor was I offended at all.
                        I just looked into Frequently Asked Questions, scrolled down to Galt's Gulch Etiquette and further down to~~~
                        Please do and then to
                        Please do not . .
                        (scroll a short ways past other "please do not" stuff)
                        Proselytize your religion (means try to convert) or advocate faith. Inquiry, yes. Advocate, no.
                        Me dino believes so far I've stayed with Inquiry yes bounds though others here may find that debatable. Recall years back when just simply writing "OMG" would give some Gulchers conniption fits. That's not advocating, y'all.
                        All that out of the way, No, I don't know what you are alluding to. Your stated "Universal power" makes me think of an imploded version of the Force that runs through the galaxy of Star Wars.
                        I find it amusing that some Protestant preachers find that fictional Force to be a threat to their theology. That silly ecological moon goddess in that Avator movie didn't bother me either. Heck, me dino enjoys Greek and Norse mythology. Thor of Marvel Comics and its movies is a pretty neat super hero. That recent descendant of the Greek gods Wonder Woman movie was great entertainment!
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  • Posted by NealS 2 months, 1 week ago
    Thanks for the reminder and sharing this. I need to back off a little on my (liberal dem) daughter-in-law (especially for the holidays).
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  • Posted by Herb7734 2 months, 1 week ago
    Had a similar event a year ago. A jerk changing lanes was about to plow directly into me, but luckily it happened right next to a large gas station/mini mart and I was able to pull into the driveway entrance to the gas station and the guy missed me by an inch.Like you, I moved reflexively and didn't know how I got in the parking area of the gas station. My wife, who was with me at the time, swore I must have been hit, but upon inspection --Not a scratch.
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  • Posted by $ gharkness 2 months, 1 week ago
    There's never a really good time to die, but of course the holidays are the worst! I said goodbye to both my father and my sister in December (years ago, nothing fresh and new, but you never forget).

    And just last month my husband's 31-year old nephew died in a house fire. His wife realized the house was on fire and tried to wake him, but he was already gone from gas inhalation (at least he didn't burn to death). She just got out of the hospital after 3 weeks in ICU. Of course her life will never be the same! And only 31! So much promise. Both were high achievers (of course she still is).

    Now about those people with diabetes. You don't have to be old or, well, anything, to go into insulin shock, especially a T1. But T2s who take insulin can also be affected. And it often looks like drunk driving, but testing tells the story. How do we get affected sufferers of diabetes off the road? I don't know. I tried 20+ years and finally refused to allow my (then) husband to drive our kids anywhere. He just couldn't keep his glucose levels high enough to be competent.

    So glad it was a "near miss" and not a dead-center hit. There's no such thing as being "too" alert when you are driving. These things DO happen fast. You don't see them coming, until they are there.
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    • Posted by Outlaw 2 months, 1 week ago
      gharkness, I am a diabetic T2 and wear a CGM (Constant Glucose Monitor) for about a year now and I LOVE it. They allow you to monitor in real time and do activities that might be hazardous if you did not know your sugars. I am going SCUBA diving over New Years at 73 years "young" and would not do it without the CGM. There are several options for people to choose from and diabetics ought to take advantage of that technology.
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  • Posted by $ AMeador1 2 months, 1 week ago
    Glad you are okay as well as everyone else - that could have been much worse obviously!

    You never know when the end will come - glad that this is giving you time to think about life - verse your loved ones missing you in theirs.
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  • Posted by teri-amborn 2 months, 1 week ago
    On April 15, 2001 my husband and I entered Yellowstone National Park from the north entrance on Park opening day.

    We were caught in a violent thundersnow storm on a very high pass when a van from Oregon was plummeting out of control downhill toward us.

    We looked at each other and smiled. We knew that we were doomed...what better place to die?

    At the last second the van passed by us on the driver's side. I watched everything in slow motion. I doubt that you could have slidden a piece of paper between the vehicles...but nothing happened.

    Nether of us can understand what happened or why we weren't grizzly fodder.
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  • Posted by starznbarz 2 months, 1 week ago
    I was convinced I was bullet proof - until I was shot and killed. Obviously, it wasnt a permanent condition, enjoy the realization it was nt your day.
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  • Posted by $ Stormi 2 months, 1 week ago
    This happens so often in the Midwest. So many overmedicated elderly drivers on the road.They go 20 mph, or they swerve from one lane to another. You are afraid to pass them, for fear they will be into your side, and you definitely don't want them behind you. Then we are 35 miles from the main drug go to place, Dayton, where drivers may make the trip two or three times a day for a score. We always heve them on the road, and sometimes going the wrong way on the Interstate. Sadly, it is usually the innocent driver who is killed.
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    • Posted by $ 25n56il4 2 months ago
      Gee! Where do these 'over medicated elderlies' gat those drugs? The older I get, the less my doctor will prescribe for me. I don't take anything except my blood pressure medicine and thyroid. My doctor wouldn't give me a pain medication if I was screaming. He prescribes Physical Therapy! I did recently get an antibiotic (10 days) and a steroid shot for Pharyngitis!
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  • Posted by Katrina41 2 months, 1 week ago
    I was an OTR truck driver (box and van) and saw too many horrific accidents happen right in front of me. Most of the outcomes were not good. Grateful you are still with us in good condition Abaco.
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  • Posted by $ rockymountainpirate 2 months, 1 week ago
    I had that happen to me last year. Lady driving northbound in the southbound #1 lane. The semi driver in front of me must have had to change his drawers. It's a divided highway there, 55mph. Scary stuff. At least it wasn't the 70mph part.
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  • Posted by GaryL 2 months, 1 week ago
    God bless you! Not all who venture into oncoming lanes are drunk, drugged or distracted drivers. Medical conditions can happen at any time and anywhere with at times zero warning for the wrong way driver. Thank your lucky stars and go buy a lottery ticket to give to your wife when you hug her tonight. I live in the frozen NE Catskills mountains of NY. Driving up the mountain to home on ice covered roads a car coming down lost all control and was sliding at me doing 360 spins. Just by luck she missed me while passing and spinning backwards with a horrified look on her face. She came to a full stop at the bottom sideways in the middle of the road and never hit anything. Pretty sure she had to do a clean up in isle 2 and even more sure she needs better tires.
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    • Posted by fairbro 2 months, 1 week ago
      That happened to me in upstate NY, too. We drove up the hill from the flatland, and a little way up the hill, the road turned to ice. Our car's wheels spun, we stupidly braked and stopped sideways in the road. We tried to turn around and go back down, but could only spin. A minute later, a car coming down from the top of the hill saw our car sideways in the road, hit his brakes, and his tires discovered the ice. He went into the ditch. The only lesson learned here was the road at the bottom of the hill can be okay to drive on but going up the hill and into the forest, the road can turn to ice. I still remember the horrified looks!
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      • Posted by $ exceller 2 months, 1 week ago
        I can attest to that experience with an episode of my PA existence that I happily left behind.

        We lived in Saucon Valley, a beautiful woodsy area of hills and valleys. It also meant that during the Winter we had to deal with all the usual impediments a frosty season presented us with.

        Living in the Valley implied that in order to get to Bethlehem or Allentown we had to ascend a steep hill that froze up in the first few days of Winter, making the road practically impassable with a car, even with one equipped with snow tires.

        I was driving to work one morning, taking my chances if I could get through the snowy/icy hill ahead of me. I saw other cars getting through all right on the two lane road. As I was ascending on the hill, suddenly I saw one of the oncoming cars breaking from its lane and crossing into mine. It looked like the driver lost control as his car was skidding toward the car in front of me. There was no way anyone could do anything from there on. The two cars collided head on, saving me from the same fate. I was right behind the car that was hit.

        Ambulance came and took the drivers away. It was one of the close calls I will never forget.
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      • Posted by GaryL 2 months, 1 week ago
        Those who live in mountainous areas subject to sudden temperature changes due to elevation should certainly know the importance of safe driving and excellent winter specific tires. We swear by Bridgestone Blizzaks on both vehicles after Thanksgiving and always buy a second set of wheels with them so no need to do anything but swap sets.
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  • Posted by $ exceller 2 months, 1 week ago
    Oh my God!

    Glad you made it. There are a lot of compromised individuals driving who should not be.

    Are you in the Santa Cruz area?

    Just to add my recent experience: I was pushing my cart out of the supermarket the other day, across a yellow band on the road, marked so that drivers should yield to pedestrians.

    I saw a car coming from the left and took it for granted he'd stop seeing me crossing.

    He did not.

    I was in the yellow strip already when he hit my cart. Then he stopped, stepping out of his car, apologizing profusely.

    He was a very old guy who either looked the other way or did not know driving rules. I was shaken up and was less than polite as I told him he was an arse and should not be driving.

    You can't have a drink at work but have one when you go home and relax.
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    • Posted by $ gharkness 2 months, 1 week ago
      I am hoping I have the grace and good sense to quit driving when I START to lose my facilities (or just before). If not, I STILL hope whoever cares for me (and the lives of those I might hurt) will make the call, even if I protest (hoping I don't).
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