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Friday, August 12th, 2005

Quote of the Day: “Regardless of what people say, kicking, pounding, and throwing sometimes DOES help.”

- Handyman Tips

That was the sound I heard from outside at 0300 this morning.

Oh, no.


Please say it isn’t so.

Since we have three cars, we park two in the driveway and Truckasaurus gets to stay outside on the street. We live in a cult-e-sac so other than the teenage punks that live on the end and have their friends tear in and out, there is not much traffic.

So I threw on a shirt and ran outside barefoot with a flashlight.



I walked over to Truckasaurus.

“You alright, Trucky?”

No answer.

I shined the flashlight all over it and tried to distinguish the bumps and bruises I had applied to it over the years with any fresh wounds.


Just then, I heard a guy yelling across the street, calling someone’s name. From nowhere, he came walking out of the bushes through the neighbor’s yard and was obviously upset, trying to reach someone on his cell phone and calling out someone else’s name.

I shined the flashlight at him, not caring that I was blinding him because this was my neighborhood and it was 0300 and he was raising the dead. Namely, me, from my sleep.

“Dude, I just totally ran into the back of that dude’s truck” as he pointed to my neighbor’s red truck parked a 15 feet in front of Truckasaurus.

“Did you call the police? Are you OK? How much damage did you do?”

“I don’t know, man, come and look. I hit him right on the back bumper. Look, hardly any damage to him but my rims are fucked up. This sucks!!! I got to get myself out of this town, this is just great…”

At this point, he started walking over to the neighbors’ house and said he was going to have to wake them up.

I started back to my house and watched him knock on the door. I didn’t go inside until I saw them answer and explain to them what he had done. I figured they would settle it between themselves or with the police but now that he had talked to them, it was between them. If he would have taken off, I would have rushed to call 911.

But it looks like Trucky Truckasaurus dodged another one. I like to think he actually jumped out of the way or like in the cartoons, raised his whole chassis with the tires still on the ground as the guy came barreling through.

Way to go, Trucky. You da…. truck.

Free Advice for Today: “Don’t play your car stero so loud that you don’t hear approaching emergency vehicles.”

- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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