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for those of you that DIDN'T know, back in august of 2000, i was in a massive car accident. well, i guess i shouldn't say 'massive', as i only spent the evening in the hospital, though my car was totaled and i had massive physical and emotional injuries from it.

basically, four friends and i were on our way to the movies, i missed my turn, turned around, and came back through the intersection when a woman ran a red light and i t-boned her going about 40 mph, and was rear-ended by a truck that had been tailgating me through the light. the light had turned yellow as i entered into the intersection. i was an idiot on paying my bills and didn't have insurance at the time. unfortunately, she was not cited at the scene, which caused almost a two year court battle to get my car paid off and all of my medical taken care of.

what i still find amazing and actually wonderful - i was the only person in the car that was wearing a seatbelt, and i had the worst injuries. i don't know what i would freaking have done if i would have accidentally killed my three best friends and a girl i had met 10 minutes before (though the girl, Christina, broke her toe when her foot slipped under the driver's seat and her toe hit something metal there.)

to side track a bit, i spiraled into a horrible depression after that, and seriously thought i was losing my mind because of the emotional issues i was having (as i explained it to my friend leesa, i felt "like i'm drifting out to sea, and all my friends are on the shore, waving me back, but i've forgotten how to swim...) - i became insanely paranoid and stopped answering the phone and door. my paranoia became so fierce that i would almost feel ill and want to hide if someone would knock on my door. it was during the doctoring and testing from the accident that they discovered i had suffered from SEVERE low blood sugar for quite some time, and that it had been elevated by the sudden physical and emotional trauma i had experienced. interesting how blood sugar problems, if not rectified, can totally screw with your emotions, your personality. i ended up eating better to correct my issue and became 'sane' again, which was right around the time that i had started livejournal (feb 2001).

aaaaaaaaaaanyhoo, making a short story long once again....

what brought this up was white_daisies stating that she couldn't stand to watch the VW commercials where they're involved in a collision. i stated in response that it gave me the major willies, too. that also made me think of something:

i wonder if, whenever that woman sees that commercial, every single time she sees it, she thinks of me?

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macmanchad
Apr. 24th, 2006 05:15 am (UTC)
There's a good possibility.

PS- There's another Jetta commercial where the Jetta drives into a truck.
aubkabob
Nov. 8th, 2006 12:13 am (UTC)
I've actually come to LIKE those commercials now. weirdness.
hottergirl01
Apr. 24th, 2006 05:42 am (UTC)
i hope she sees you again and apologizes and says something good. that just might make you believe that all humans aren't evil.
aubkabob
Nov. 8th, 2006 12:14 am (UTC)
I don't think that all humans are evil, though i do go through phases where i feel that the human race as a WHOLE has incredibly impersonal issues and i really hate the human race. but generally when that happens, some little twist of fate will bring me in contact with someone that will help me to change my views.
bostondave
Apr. 24th, 2006 09:15 am (UTC)
Yea those new VW commercials are very disturbing.

I liked their older ones though..
aubkabob
Nov. 8th, 2006 12:14 am (UTC)
like the one with the two guys picking up the chair?
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madmadhatter
Apr. 24th, 2006 09:39 am (UTC)
I wonder if it was your body staying in some sort of "flight or fight" mode.

yeaaaah, that's enough of me thinking i know something supra early in the morn'
aubkabob
Nov. 10th, 2006 02:59 am (UTC)
ooh, good point, our amygdala's could be working overtime whenever we see those commercials!
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wickedcricket
Apr. 24th, 2006 10:25 am (UTC)
Wow...what a story. How intense.

I cannot handle those commercials either...they are very unsettling.
greenminions
Apr. 24th, 2006 12:28 pm (UTC)
I have not seen those commercials, but I'm sure I would hate them because I am terrified of accicents. I used to always get upset when they would have this bashed up cars on campus (during undergrad) for like alcohol awareness week. I guess the car was to get people to realize what could happen to them. I already knew what could happen so it just upset me.
aubkabob
Nov. 8th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)
i think the most terrifying thing of accidents is that they happen IMMEDIATELY. no warning. just one second of chance, and your life is changed forever.
nasagrl
Apr. 24th, 2006 01:17 pm (UTC)
After crashing with my kids two weekends ago, and having my car totalled also, I feel much the same way. They come at you so unexpectedly, there are two that I know of, and after I've seen one, I totally freak out. I'm shaking and my adrenaline is pumping.

It's only been two weeks. *shudder* At least we're all okay, but those commercials are NOT okay.
aubkabob
Nov. 8th, 2006 12:16 am (UTC)
i'm definitely glad you're all okay... the commercials don't bother me as much as they used to, and i guess that's because they show them so much that i've become insensitive to it.
marjun
Apr. 24th, 2006 01:29 pm (UTC)
I did almost the same thing in 1991. There was no yellow light involved though. I was cruising through a green intersection and a guy ran the red light. I ended up stuck in the side of his truck. I had insurance, but my company called me up about every week for six months, wanting to know if I knew where the other driver was. Apparently he was an illegal alien, and there was some difficulty in tracking him down. Why they thought I knew him was beyond me.
aubkabob
Nov. 8th, 2006 12:17 am (UTC)
ha ha, you were harboring him when he became enraged and ran into you, omgzorx.
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aubkabob
Nov. 10th, 2006 03:00 am (UTC)
i always like being scared into buying things. hell, it made be buy Christianity ;)
cynjja_galt
Apr. 24th, 2006 02:05 pm (UTC)
I've only ever been in a couple of minor fender benders, but I also have a difficult time with those commercials. I can't imagine how you must feel watching them. Of course, I think that is exactly what the advertiser is going for, but now I turn them off the minute they start. I don't even remember who they are a commercial for.
aubkabob
Nov. 8th, 2006 12:18 am (UTC)
i used to have to, but now i think they're kinda cool. not cool in a 'i wanna be in another one' way, but to where i can't turn away when they're on, and instead have my nose glued to the telly.

i guess that's sort of like where the 'it was like watching a train wreck' saying comes from - absolutely horrible to watch, but you can't turn away.

happy belated birthday, by the way!
jenniffer
Apr. 24th, 2006 02:31 pm (UTC)
That commercial gives me flash backs to when I was t-boned too....I hate it so much...*shudders*
aubkabob
Jun. 4th, 2007 02:56 am (UTC)
I've missed you, dear, and am glad that you're at least making an occasional appearance!

I'm in WoW land on the Lothar server, if you ever still play and wish to make an appearance on a different server!

I've thought about you lots over the last few months.
blinkilite
Apr. 24th, 2006 04:09 pm (UTC)
i actually have mixed feelings about these commercials. they are very jarring and realistic, but they prove the point that their cars are safe. I was also in a very bad car accident back in 2002. I am fine now, but I don't remember it at all. So I guess that's why I don't mind the commercials as much. I was the one t-boned and it broke my pelvis. so it was a long time recovery (3 mos)... but as i said, I'm totally fine now only with some scars. i am glad i don't remember it because it would scare me. i was driving a little 94 geo metro which had i been driving something that was newer and safer, i may not have been hurt as much. so I can see both sides to those commercials.
aubkabob
Nov. 8th, 2006 12:20 am (UTC)
i guess that in retrospect, they were marketing geniuses for coming up with the commercials that they did. i wouldn't mind having a jetta now ;)
bigstusexy
Apr. 24th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
You know I don't like thoes commercials either, I don't like the slogan and there is one where they guy says 'like' a lot and he drives into a truck backing out. I think it was Ty who said to me "those are almost as bad as those truth commercials" and I agree. The one thing I have with them is that for the ones where he runs into the truck, his eyes were on the road why didn't he see it and why was he going so fast he couldn't stop?


But yeah I don't like them either. When you say wonder if she thinks about that is that in the sorta "everytime I run my nails down someone else's back I hope you feel it, well can you feel it?" sort of way?
aubkabob
Nov. 8th, 2006 12:23 am (UTC)
that commercial also succeeds in causing my fear to grow exponentially of owning a house with a driveway that has a complete blind spot when you pull out of the driveway, which is VERY prevailent here in the portland area.
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