05. August 2012 · 4 comments · Categories: Ramble

… it rains concrete. Or something large and hard like that.

On my drive home Friday night I was on 101. I don’t like 101, but it’s a shorter distance than 280 and who cares about the lovely view on 280 late at night anyway, right? So in Palo Alto area, where there is a lot of construction (invisibly it seems: I’ve yet to see workers) there is suddenly this big block (hah, twice I typed “blog” instead of “block”!) of “something” that shoots across the road. I can’t swerve to avoid it as there is simply no time, so over it I go. I think, “Whew, I made it, but I’d better check the tires as I drive!” Then I hear what sounds to be a very noisy truck on the road.

NO. Not so. It’s my car.

I am near an exit so I drive off (after all, with the (invisible?) construction there is no shoulder) on San Antonio and still I see no shoulder on San Antonio. When I reach Charleston there’s a gas station, so I pull in.

Would you believe I don’t have one flat tire?! No. I have two. Completely. Flat. Tires.

Both are on the passenger side. Both are shot.

After calling Dan (thankfully he’s home from Seattle) I call CSAA and they say that a tow truck will be there within one hour. I can’t tell you how thankful I was that it actually appeared very shortly after my call. So did Dan, really. Or else time was standing still for me for a while. We have extended towing so it was taken all the way to our service center.

This isn’t going to be a cheap repair. The tires needed replacing of course, but so do the rims and the pressure valves, along with the oil pan.

But I know it could have been much worse.
•I didn’t swerve, lose control of the car, or hit anyone else.
•The huge block of whatever I hit didn’t damage the engine
•That same huge block didn’t go through my windshield
•I was in a fairly safe neighborhood when I pulled over
•Dan was home and on the road to get me immediately
•The towing service arrived quickly and towed the car without incident

So I am thankful. I think posting this on my usually “music only” Sunday is just fine … showing gratitude is a good thing, right?

I’m still deciding if I’ll drive 101 again, or stick to 280. Dan drove me yesterday so I didn’t have to come to any decision then.


  1. Patty,
    I am glad you are okay. That is one of the hidden dangers of our profession. We are on the road all the time and mostly after dark. Thank your lucky stars that nothing worse happened. The rest is covered by insurance.

  2. You are so right, Beth! (And this is one of many reasons that I love that most of my work is so close to home.) I think Caltrans may even end up paying for some of this. They have a claim form for stuff like this anyway, so I’m going to try ….

  3. Whoooeee! I’ve had a lot of things happen to me while driving but I can’t top that story. So glad you’re all in one piece!

  4. Yep, I’m thankful, Bob! And aside from the $100 deductible our insurance is covering the expense. Whew!