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The Accident

by Cordless

Most of you are probably gone now, and maybe it’s better that way, since I don’t know if this is a very good side of me.

I was in high school back in the 1980’s.
I was driving on one of the highways into town, and I was listening to a tape of Howard Jones’ “Little Bit Of Snow”.
The song is a plea against suicide. It begs people not to destroy themselves.

I remember listening to the song over and over, loving the poignant music but disagreeing with the message (because of how depressed I was).

There was a car which had stopped in the middle of the highway right in front of me, and I didn’t realize it had stopped. I saw the brake lights and thought it was just slowing down. So I started to pass it.

Because I didn’t realize it had completely stopped, I misjudged the distance.
I hit the corner of their bumper. It vaulted my car into the air. I rolled three times and landed upside down with the windows shattered.
This was before cars came with air bags.

I’d been wearing my seat belt, and was left hanging upside down.
I was in shock. I don’t remember when the song stopped playing.

I don’t exactly remember being helped out of the car (crawling through the driver’s side window, I think), and I don’t remember going to the hospital.

Somehow I had survived with nothing worse than bruised ribs and a few cuts from the glass.

I rarely think of it these days, except when I see footage of auto accidents where the car is mangled and upside-down.

On good days, I’m grateful I survived.
On bad days, I’m frustrated that I survived.

I am in a dark pit today.

Here is the song.

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kupo95 4/4/2016 - 11:10 pm

Oh my god im sp sorry

Cordless 4/4/2016 - 11:18 pm

What’s even worse is that I’d only had the car for THREE DAYS before I wrecked it.

kupo95 4/4/2016 - 11:35 pm

Nooo wow

distant.road 4/4/2016 - 11:38 pm

On a much smaller scale, I bought an iPhone when they first came out and it didn’t even make it to the parking lot before I dropped it.

Cordless 4/4/2016 - 11:38 pm

(!!!!)

distant.road 4/4/2016 - 11:13 pm

I’m glad that you made it through that accident okay. Scary stuff.

When I first started driving back in the late 80s, I did some unwise things. Some close calls. Then my second car was bright red. It was a ticket magnet. Not fun.

I’m sorry your day has been dark. I’d like to think that tomorrow is a new day and will be a better one for you. I hope so.

Good song, btw.

Cordless 4/4/2016 - 11:20 pm

I once had a red car… you’re right about the ticket magnet.
When I had that car, I got so many tickets that the state sent me a letter warning me that one more ticket would result in having my license revoked.

I switched to a different colored car, and magically the tickets stopped.

distant.road 4/4/2016 - 11:27 pm

I loved that red car and missed it when I traded it in.

But then my insurance rates went down as the ticket points from driving that car dropped off my license. Needless to say, I started to miss that car less and less.

odyssey 4/4/2016 - 11:26 pm

Hey buddy, I graduated in 1984, but I don’t remember that song. I have a similar story. The year was 1982. My father was home sick with pneumonia, and was sleeping on the couch. I couldn’t bear to wake him up, so I grabbed the keys to his company-owned Mercury Cougar, to get to my job as a bagger at a local supermarket. It was a very snowy afternoon and I just got my drivers license. I was rocking out to The Who’s “You Better You Bet,” when I saw a school bus coming from the opposite direction. When my car was skidding into the path of the bus, I over-corrected and hit a tree. My head hit the windshield and blew a hole right through it. I was seriously injured but as a 16-year old, the first thought was “oh my God, what is my father going to do when he hears about this!” Before I ran out of the car, that song was still playing! So, the damage can’t be that bad, right? Unfortunately, it was. The car was totalled. And I was in the hospital for three days. I had 63 stitches on my head and was picking glass out of my scalp for months. I got through that and know you will too.

Rob

Cordless 4/4/2016 - 11:30 pm

What did your father say?

I remember when I had the accident, my mother worked nearby, and one of the onlookers went to get her. I was so worried she’d be angry about the car. When she came up and hugged me in relief that I was alive, I remember pulling away and saying I didn’t deserve to be hugged because I had done this awful thing.

saudade07 4/4/2016 - 11:30 pm

howard jones. those were better days.

Cordless 4/4/2016 - 11:31 pm

Yes.

I guess in some ways they were better, other ways they were worse.

But the nostalgia is still there anyway.

odyssey 4/4/2016 - 11:40 pm

Well, Dad was okay! He was actually surprisingly cool. He met me at the hospital and was crying. I thought it was about the car and I told him how sorry I was. He just nodded and said “thank God your’re okay.” When I came home he had a brand new Mercury Cougar sitting in the driveway! From what I recall I wasn’t even covered under the insurance policy and the company took a loss as a result of this. The guilt and the remorse stayed with me for quite some time.

Cordless 4/4/2016 - 11:50 pm

Wow. (!)

PhantomCitizen43 4/4/2016 - 11:31 pm

Wow that is such a story. I am glad that you survived the car accident > because Its been nice getting to know you via the SP forum and well the world would surely be missing someone special if you had died. I’m glad your alive.

I have been in a few bad car accidents myself. The last one was about 2 years ago… I fractured my neck, dislocated a shoulder and fractured my right hip. I was airlifted to the hospital and my car was destroyed. I had to have surgery on my neck > and to this day I have titanium rods and screws and so forth in my neck holding it together. It was a really bad accident and I came out of it really rough. I was close to having become paralyzed.
But like you have stated, I sometimes am very grateful that I survived that accident.. but other times when depression and life has get me down I sometimes wish I had died in the car accident

Life is hard, isn’t it. But I keep doing my best to push forward and make the best of things.
But anyway. At this moment I am glad that Both of us survived the car accidents.
Thanks for sharing your story.

Your awesome!!

Cordless 4/4/2016 - 11:53 pm

I guess we’re all broken in various ways, aren’t we.

If the “push forward and make the best of things” approach works for you, then go on ahead.
(Although I noticed your recent post suggests that amazing sex also plays a factor. What? Me? Envious? No, I’m always this green.)

darkwillow 4/4/2016 - 11:55 pm

I’m so happy you did

Cordless 4/4/2016 - 11:57 pm

If I’d died, there would be no one pressuring you to learn Bach Preludes and Fugues!

mindlessgamer619 4/5/2016 - 1:03 am

Note: I wouldn’t be able to be your number 1 fan if you weren’t here to enjoy it. 😛
*hugs* You wonderful, talented, lovely person *hits like button over and over again* XD

Got into an accident in 05, I was in 5th grade. Was in the back seat, and the road was wet from rain. Truck swerved into our lane. My mom hit the brakes, the passenger seat folded down and I flew into the dash (Busted in inside of my upper lip, and swollen shin, otherwise I was fine..). My mom saw the chair go down and she put her hand in front of me ( I assume that’s why my injuries were quite minor..). My mom hit her chest on the steering wheel. I was freaking out. She kept saying she couldn’t breathe. Took her out on a stretcher. I hopped out the back seat, watching them put tubes in her nose so hat she could breathe. Missed 2 – 3 days of class.

Cordless 4/5/2016 - 1:12 am

That sounds like a scary moment. 😮

mindlessgamer619 4/5/2016 - 1:15 am

The only thing is, while 99% is absolutely what happened, I fear a small part of my brain misinterpreted something.. Smh my memory is absolute shit. Ugh.
Lol love you (just in case you didn’t hear me the first time). 😛 <3

Cordless 4/5/2016 - 1:19 am

I also sometimes wonder if something happened in the accident I didn’t remember.
It happened suddenly and in slow-motion at the same time.
Yet the memories seem so patchy somehow.

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