Worst Series of Events Ever

I got rear-ended today. I was driving over to pick up Brittany to head downtown for the EyeLens Film Festival because I was a nominee in the category of Best Presentation of an Issue for my Silence of the Lamps film. The accident happened at 11:59am on Barnet Highway just before the Value Village.

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It was raining out, and traffic had stopped at the light. There was a 5-ton truck in front of me, and I stopped a full car length behind the truck. Within a second after I had come to a complete stop, a SUV slammed into my rear, pushing me into the truck in front of me. As I slid forward, I had enough time to pull the hand brake, but I still gently contacted with the truck. The top of my front hood scraped against his rear, and my passenger side light assembly contacted the right side of his rear bumper. I’m not certain how fast the SUV was traveling, but it was hard enough to knock the toque off of my head and drop it on the seat behind me.

Subaru Damage 1

Subaru Damage 2

Subaru Damage 3

Rear-Ended Scene

Afterwards, I drove to Brittany’s place and took a second to relax before we drove the Subaru to my house because it isn’t really drive-able with the back smashed in like that. We took her car and headed downtown to continue with our day. The film event started at 1pm, so we were obviously going to be late. Things got worse when we hit construction on Hastings and were detoured down to Water street, which then had a concert being setup at the end of it. We sat for just over a half-hour in traffic moving only a few blocks which forced us to be even later! To top off all of our luck, when we got to the door with our tickets, the guy told us that they had exceeded the limit for the fire-code and actually couldn’t let us into the theater! He said we could wait around in the lobby until some seats opened up, but after a minute or so of badgering the door guy, someone came out and told us there were a few seats so we scrambled on into the theater for the beginning seconds of a film that I was in, titled Going the Distance! Good luck… yeah right. Looking at the program, it turns out that my film was the one just prior to this one, and we missed it because we weren’t allowed in for those minutes that it was playing! This series of events has got to be the worst that has ever struck me.

After a short time there, we left and walked several blocks down to the pub Brit and I always go to when Guitar in Pawn Shop Windowwe’re downtown and we had a beer and relaxed. On our way home, I saw a sweet guitar in the window of a pawn shop, and because I had just been talking about wanting a guitar the other day… and since it was only advertised as $35… We entered the pawn shop and I bought my first guitar!

We drove home and I filed my ICBC claim online and then I took off and went down to film the closing session at Youth Day. I was a little on edge still when I got there, but it was actually quite fun. I walked home afterwards because I ditched the camera in the truck with my dad because he was over at Terry Fox watching Vanessa in the school play… and I didn’t have a car to drive home either. Anyways, it was a very nice walk home, and I’m quite happy to be physically okay after the accident. At least for now that is – I hear that if there is any pain it usually doesn’t show up for the first 24 hours or so. We shall see, but I’m happy to announce that I’m in good shape and not all bitter about what happened. It was just an accident and I’m fine… so I’m happy.

I had a relaxing night after Youth Day. I tuned my guitar and then spent an hour learning some stuff on it.

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3 Responses to “Worst Series of Events Ever”

  1. Nathaniel Says:

    By God is that brutal!!!

  2. CezainValsol Says:

    Yikes. :|. Almost everyone has been having bad luck lately. I’m at least glad that’s the worst it got, because that’s a shit position to be in, between a truck and an SUV in a little car.

    You go and see a doctor, even if you don’t have any pain within 24 hours, just to be safe. Please. You’ll be doing yourself a favour.

  3. Sean Hagen Says:

    Holy hell. That’s two people that I know that have been rear-ended in the past week.

    Hope you’re okay, and that you don’t get jipped by ICBC.