First I would like start out by saying Thank You OP for the thread... Knowing others experience some of the same makes me oh so much better.
I would like to share some of mine.
Gaining time. I've had this happen several times. I look at the clock, note the time and go about doing chores or whatever. I will check the time a
bit later what should be at least an hour and it's earlier than he first time I checked. Now the first one or two times I thought maybe I had miss
read the time (not something I have ever really had a problen with in the past) One of the times it was two hours earlier! So, glad to see I'm not
off my rocker, or if I am, I'm not alone. LOL
This next one happened in the 80's. I was working in a cabinet shop and needed to go to Richmond from Sebastopol, Ca to pick up some hardware that was
needed. I took the the car that belonged to the owner (a little honda) and had a friend with me. Now I knew the brakes wern't in great condition...
ok, they were bad. Metel on metel, but they stopped, kinda. :0
So we set out on our way and traveling soth on 101. Now there was a part of the highway (long since flattened out) that had a series of small "hills"
in Novato. So I'm traveling along, not alot of traffic, doing about 50 mph when I came up on the first rise. As I got to the top traffic ahead was at
a dead stop. So this is where it gets strange. I am in the slow lane, this is a 2 lane freeway, I hit the breaks and... NOTHING. I Told "D" Oh Chit,
HOLD ON! So something told me NOT to go onto the shoulder (yes I know this would have been the logical choice) however some how I went down between
the 2 lanes of cars and some how inbetween two of them in the left lane entering into the dirt area seperating the north and soulth freeways. I
believe we spun around, yes thats how fast I was still going through this, to finally come to a stop facing the lanes traffic that we had just came
out of. I was In shock. I looked a D and she looked at me strating "are we dead?' I say what the H just happened? All this happened in just a few
seconds. WE hit no other cars, When I finally regained my senses, Traffic was Honking and giving us the thumbs up, yelling out the windows (nothing
A car pulled into the midway to se if we were ok, said that he was behind us saw the whole thing and could not believe what he had just seen. I
confirmed what had happened.
To this day I have no idea how we fit down between these 2 lanes of cars, that were at a dead stop. Oh and as for the right shoulder, over the next
rise there was an Ambulance on the shoulder with an accident victim on the ground behind the vehical as well as the EMT's. Had I gone down the
shoulder I would have taken them ALL out.
I've had several "car realated" things happen, where I should be dead, seriously hurt or involved. I will save for another post though.
edit on 26-4-2011 by Robbi because: corrections to some spelling.