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A Strange Sequence of Events

A few weeks ago as I was walking home from work a rather peculiar event took place, which presented me with a couple of lessons on what it feels like not to have the time to procrastinate..

As I was walking down the street leading up to the street where I live, a girl stepped out of her car, which she had just parked, and then walked in the other direction. I wasn’t really paying attention to her but just noticed it out of the corner of my eye. About 10 seconds later as I was about to turn the corner into my street, I heard this strange – quiet noise behind me and my curiosity got the better of me.

As I turned to see where the noise was coming from I was met with a sight I would have never imagined; The car that the girl had stepped out of earlier was now slowly coming towards me with no one behind the wheel. My initial thought was to just walk around the corner as if nothing had happened. When I say walk I mean run in the hope that no one had seen me! But my conscience got the better of me as the car was headed towards a wall on the actual corner. Panic was slowly beginning to set in with no time to procrastinate on how to stop the bloody thing without being run over.

Can you imagine telling your friends, family and work colleagues that you ended up in hospital because you got run over by a car with no driver!! Trying to stop it head on seemed the least effective option and would have probably resulted in me ending up underneath the car. So I tried to stop it at the front left of the car leaving myself a clear getaway route should I fail to stop it. With the help of the kerb (curb) I managed to stop it before it hit the wall.  However,  this now presented me with a whole new dilemma;

The car is now parked at a 45 degree angle basically blocking the road and the only clue as to the whereabouts of the owner was the direction in which she walked. Again the tempation to just leave it and walk away came back. I was trying to convince myself that  I had done my part by stopping the car without causing any damage to myself, the car or the wall, but again my conscience got the better of me so off  I went, in search of the owner. Instinct told me that she’d either live in one the houses or visiting someone living in one of the houses, so I went door knocking This made me feel like a door to door sales man. There I was, wearing a suit and a bag over my shoulder (the only thing missing was the obligatory clipboard!!!) feeling rather uncomfortable about the prospect of having to knock on the doors of complete strangers.

As the first door opened, I can’t exactly say that I was greeted with a warm welcome until I explained why I had knocked and he suggested I try next door. Again, I was met with the same “warm” welcome, until I explained why I was there and the chap realised that it was his daughter’s car. The strange part, from my perspective, was the fact that he didn’t seem the slightest surprised or concerned about it and had no sense of urgency in getting the car safely parked, which left me wondering why I had seemed more concerned about their car than they did!!

Was it all a dream??


20 responses to “A Strange Sequence of Events

  1. viv66 February 19, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Not a dream. You told me about it when it happend if that’s a comfort.
    I had a distrubing dream while in Austria: I dreamed I was at the top of a mountain and needed to get to the bottom where there was a fire lit in the darkness. I couldn’t get started skiing down the mountain and started to panic, whereupon I woke, to discover I’d nearly kicked my roommate in the next bed and the fire was the standby button on the tv at the other side of the room. I was also standing on my bed at this point, trying to find my ski poles….
    I did warn her I sleep walk; thankfully none of this woke her!!
    Seriously, though, you did what was right. The rest is up to them!

    • J February 24, 2010 at 12:58 pm

      Still feels like a dream!!!
      As for your dream and ski pole search while standing on your bed!! Your roommate must be on heavy sleeper!!

  2. saffy February 19, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Tis nice to know there are still some people willing to do the right thing…instead of just turning their back…~smiles~

    • J February 24, 2010 at 1:00 pm

      Thanks Saffy, I am sure most people would have done more or less the same..

      • saffy February 25, 2010 at 1:09 pm

        You would think so but i know from experience just how Joe Public often reacts in the face of an incident, where they could intervene & make a difference…

        • J February 25, 2010 at 6:35 pm

          In truth, my first instinct was to act exactly like Joe Public and just pretend I hadn’t seen the car, but I also knew I would feel guilty about not having done anything..

  3. enreal February 20, 2010 at 4:12 am

    Indeed this seems strange… and mildly amusing… you must have looked panicked. I know thats definitely not funny… but really? door to door… phantom driver (or lack there of any driver). This kind of stuff happens in the movies… happy to hear you did the right thing (which is of no surprise) and happy to hear there weren’t 100 apartments to go to. Have a great weekend J.

    • J February 24, 2010 at 1:02 pm

      I dread to think how I must have looked!! Then again, there were no one else around to observe!
      I am happy that I found the owner at door 2 as I still feel that the door knocking was the least amusing part of the experience!!
      Hope you are well enreal.

  4. mysoul February 20, 2010 at 7:18 am

    You did what was right and I am glad you are safe…I found this ticklish though my rational knows that it was a serious situation. Especially as I pictured the look on your face as you saw the car head your way without a driver. I wonder if the man showed his daughter how to park the car before she injures someone else.

    • J February 24, 2010 at 1:03 pm

      Based on the fact that this has not happened again (and I have seen the car a few times since) I can only assume the parking lessons have sunk in..

  5. vanessaleighsblog February 22, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    What a strange circumstance!!! But, so good that you were there, and intervened safely. You are a good soul.

  6. summerrain63 February 23, 2010 at 9:00 am

    made me smile…even though…it seems kinda strange…course this story does just prove…you are a dear man…

  7. Robert G. Longpré February 23, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Don’t you just love your conscience? I have to say that I love your new layout.

  8. Shafali February 28, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Hello J,

    It was indeed an interesting sequence of events. Especially as you didn’t mention a gradient (did the road slope?)

    Did you wonder about things like…invisibility cloaks…or even an enterprising spirit trying to become comfortable with driving?


    • J February 28, 2010 at 9:10 am

      Hi Shafali,

      The road doesn’t really slope much, but obviously enough to get the car moving…or perhaps you are right in saying it was an enterprising spirit trying to become comfortable with driving!!!!

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