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This truly is the ULTIMATE LJ obsession test, and my roomie's sister's car accident
Gaze upon my results, shake your head, and realize that I have no life my droogs.

The Ultimate LiveJournal Obsession Test
CategoryYour ScoreAverage LJer
Community Attachment63.44%
You're the Kevin Bacon of LiveJournal, with friends galore to support you. Fear Kingfox's army of fans!
24.55%
MemeSheepage56.14%
I am but one quiz among millions. My brethren surround me on the page.
30.39%
Original Content70.97%
Newsweek, People, and Kingfox's journal
40.22%
Psychodrama Quotient51.81%
Would it kill you to smile? CHEER UP!
16.95%
Attention Whoring70.45%
You'd sell your mother for another three friends
21.59%


I know I'm behind on posting. Here's one newsworthy item. Two days ago, my roomie's sister was driving and pulled into the left turn lane. A big Suburban or similar SUV decided to turn as well, slamming into the mid-sized car (my roomie's actually) she was in. This shoved her into oncoming traffic, where she had a head-on collision with a large Jeep. She is alive. Minor bruising on her chest, burns from the air bag, hurts all over but mostly inside. The air bag saved her fucking life. The car is completely and utterly totalled, the Jeep had minor front damage, the Suburban was fine.

My roomie had been talking with me for months about trying to figure out how he'd get rid of his car, well, it's a moot point now. He called me at work, and I raced out as soon as I could to give him a ride to see his sister. It would have been earlier, but no one showed up at six, so I was left working desk with a crowd of customers for twenty minutes or so. We raced down to Rahway after I picked him up, and comforted his sister. She was so upset about wrecking his car, but he wasn't blaming her and was far more concerned for her health than anything else. We went out to the Rio, and I got to tour a good deal of Woodbridge proper, Colonia, Clark, and Avenel. The trailer park where one of my first girlfriends in high school lived is now a Fox Run condo complex. New grocery stores and strip malls where there was nothing, the whole area is even more developed than I ever thought it could be. I already thought it was a bustling community with a six figure population, now it's just in overdrive. At least the Striking Fist, immortalized on cybersphere, is still there. Of all I saw, it most upset me that the Rio no longer serves a monte cristo. But it's still the best diner in Jersey.

It was great driving around with them, talking, and reminiscing. Got to show him some areas of Colonia and Clark that I never did, got to see his father's childhood home, lots of our roots being shown off to each other. As I drove my roomie back home, he shared quite a bit with me, and I got an even better insight into his mind.

The next morning, as we walked down Grand, we split at the usual corner. He walks to the PATH station, I walk to where I've been semi-legally parking, and we say our daily goodbye. We had both crossed the intersection from where we started, and an old lady was at the remaining intersection. My roomie yelled out to me, ``Thanks again for last night, it meant a lot to me!'' He, of course, was referring to me giving him a ride to see his sister. ``Of course man, anytime!'' The old lady's eyes grew wide, and my roomie made a joke about how horrible this must sound.

I still need to recap Mould and shit. I will. But towelboy is here, reading on the couch behind me. We've got an awesome new TV, and it needs some Halo with component video to break it in.

Feeling: content content
Listening to: the Hoboken street noise

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Comments
slave2tehtink From: slave2tehtink Date: September 27th, 2003 10:45 am (UTC) (Hard link)

Eek!

It's stories like this what make me glad I drive a Jeep.
periol From: periol Date: September 27th, 2003 11:07 am (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: Eek!

Why, because you aren't terrified of what you're going to do to other people? Out of all the reasons I finally got rid of my oversized Bronco (6" lift, 34" tires) was my fear of what would happen to other people - specifically the Honda Civic hatchback that I could cut the top off of while decapitating the driver. Sure, I would have been safe. But that's no way to live.
slave2tehtink From: slave2tehtink Date: September 27th, 2003 11:09 am (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: Eek!

No, because while I have never hit anyone, I have been hit. The Jeep and I sustained minimal damage, whereas the guy who hit me lost his front bumper. If I'd still been driving a Honda Civic Hatchback as I did before the Jeep, I would more than likely have been squished between two cars.

Until everyone else starts driving in a sane sort of manner, I'll continue driving a car made out of metal rather than fiberglass.
periol From: periol Date: September 27th, 2003 11:16 am (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: Eek!

I get you, but I just can't do it. Even though I never hit anyone either, once would have been enough. If I hit someone in my Mazda Protege, there will be damage on both sides. If I hit someone in my Bronco, death was a serious possibility.

I mean, it's not like all SUV's are that safe either. Get a used Volvo or something (and I don't mean you specifically, just in general). Those are built like tanks, get better gas mileage, and won't cause brain retardation in every accident.

But I really do understand where you're coming from. I did it myself for while, but it really isn't for me.
csmole From: csmole Date: September 28th, 2003 02:17 am (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: Eek!

"SUV"s are perceived "safer" only by virtue of typically having less damage in a low-speed accident, particularly with a smaller vehicle, ie, a car. In a high speed accident, particularly with another large vehicle (eg, Van, SUV, truck) or a single vehicle accident (into a tree or wall or something) they are more dangerous, due to most not having or having less crumple zones .

Fenders are designed to crush easily, as are the front and rear ends of modern cars, which means the car absorbs the impact and not you. This leads to the perception that SUVs are safer because they are less damaged in most impacts. Whilst this is better for your bank balance at low speed, at high speed this is not a desirable trait.

In a vehicle with higher frontal or rear-impact rigidity (old cars, SUVs, and so on) the impact of any accident is not absorbed as well by the vehicle, it is transferred through the vehicle and it is you who ends up copping it.

There is also the secondary issues of higher chance of rollover due to higher centre of gravity, and lack of tire grip due to tires typically being formulated for dirt or half-and-half and not road. Don't get me wrong, I love 4WDs for off-roading, but vehicles designed for off-roading are better kept there.
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