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And then there was none

March 29, 2012

A little over a week ago, Mike was rear ended on his way to work. I was at work myself and didn’t receive his calls for help until an hour after the fact (lesson learned: I am a terrible emergency contact). Sparing the emotional details of the following 6 hours or so, let’s just say I was a weepy mess.

A couple days later we went to the car lot to empty out his glove box and reclaim his roof-top bike rack. His was one of maybe 20 or so vehicles lined up in various states of broken, dented, and singed. A few cars still had some semblance of life left behind; a car seat strapped in the back or half eaten bag of chips left on the dash. It was really erie. What stood out was that Mike’s car was the only vehicle without a shattered windshield. We may not have been able to open the passenger doors or the back hatch, but he had not even so much as a dent on any of his windows.  And speaking of scratches, even now more than a week later, Mike’s assessment of his own injuries is pretty minimal. I look at the back end of his car, at the bent frame and the buckled undercarriage, the cracked paint,  the broken driver’s seat, and the specks of coffee dotting the dashboard no doubt caused by the impact, and think “How did we end up so lucky?” 

Rest in peace little Vibe. We had some good times, eh?

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