03 December 2012
tied my record for a day's assists t-day NINE
FTs OOGs OH & a TC [ no injuries luckily ]
coupla folks real hesitant initally -- >chuckle< git that a lot
"what are you lookin for in return?"
"why are you helping *me*?"
I kin see it in their faces
it's a tough world out there
*then* they realize
3 ofem were on the way back from my dentist appt this mornin early - fixed me up good he did had a painfull weekend tho
other 6 were this afternoon, once I got some heater-defroster issues fixed on my Merc [ took a coupla hours to diagnose & remedy ]
04 December 2012
Excitin time on the Coronado Bridge t-day! annnnd -- littl gal OOG on the SR 163 -- details comin up later -- jist got in - kinda tuckered
wha? WHOA! what day is it? what TIME is it? where'd the time GO?
just woke up from my nappy -- what's a nappy? that's what "codgers" haveta take after a fun days playtime
actually, I think it was *yesterday's* "playin" that caught upta me --
t-DAY's was a work van on the Coronado Bridge WB that had it's hood fly up and SMASH the windshield just after it passed the merge from NB - SB I-5 onta the bridge!
I had just crossed the bridge WB as well and was returnin EB when I spotted the van cattywumpas across the #1 lane WB
[ blockin 1 of 2 lanes open WB at the time]
I "LIT UP" and dived for the "go around" route, thru the Barrio Logan neighborhood below the bridge, and came roarin up the OR just in time to intervene and warn a pack of vehicles comin from both SB & NB I5 -- blocked the #1 w my vehicle "LIT" & my arrowbar strobin right -- signaled to the van driver to reverse back, past me, into the "pocket" formed by the moveable concrete "Jersey wall" barriers -- as he did, I then reversed into the pocket ahead of him shutting off all my lights as well to lessin the "distraction factor" to passing traffic on both sides [ lookie loos slowin to have a look cause a LOT of "secondary" TCs ]
traffic flowin smoothly agin, I assesed the damage and the passenger's minor cuts from flyin glass [ he was lucky SO was the driver ] and I managed to secure the hood down w 2 large bungee cords, of the 12 I carry for JIST this sorta occurance, fastened em to the wiper pivots, across the hood, down under the van's front to the sway bar underneath. Tied a coupla knots in em to tighten their fit appropietly. The windshield is shattered and bulgin in but secure enuf that the vehicle kin be driven off the bridge w-out a tow
Told driver NOT to "launch" W me but to wait for a large enuf "natural" break, AFTER I'd left, to launch himself -- [ since I was in front and couldn't "cover" his escape ] HE listened AND followed my instructions glory BE
saw the van pass by in traffic as I was situating myself @ the bridge plaza afterwards
*other* situation I encountered t-day was a simple OOG - easiest thing I kin do -- NB SR163 JSO the Robinson St OR - a leetil, older model, SUV w a right cute xray [ girl ] driver -- hugged me THREE TIMES she did! said I'd just MADE her day! "hey!", I said, "QUIT that!" [ no I didn't ] MADE *my* day she did