Monday, November 10, 2008

Puck Vs. Wildlife

Deer should have to have insurance and carry a license and registration, too. These native ungulates are the most distracted, reckless drivers on the road. One of them was racing through Kemmerer Friday night and got way too intimately acquainted with Puck's right front fender, and then proceeded to speed off into the underbrush, where he paused to look back (wondering what the heck just happened, probably) and then took off again. Hit and run, reeking musk and wreaking havoc. Rest assured that guy spent the weekend sore, though, if it didn't break his shoulder blade or a few ribs and cause him more than sore. Puck 1, deer 0. Honestly, though, one minute I'm mad at the stupid beast but the next I hope it either killed him quickly or didn't do any serious damage. I picked all his fur out of the headlight and thought I'd never get that smell off my fingers. We drove on to Mom's.

I would like the record to show that I did not cry. I just kept thinking how much worse it could have been and that Morgan and I were not hurt and I'm insured. My deductible for this kind of collision -- which falls under the same category as a rock through the windshield -- is only $250, even though the estimate I got tonight was $2,300 (the bumper and right headlight are cracked, too). Yeesh. But I'm pleased with the way Puck handled the impact; he felt solid and strong, and his materials are sturdier than I thought. He'll be going in for cosmetic surgery in December and hopefully he'll be good as new by the time our 1-year anniversary rolls around.


Blogger mister anchovy said...

So far, I've been fortunate enough to keep my contacts with the deer population in the forest, although there have been a couple close calls, where deer have run out on the road right in front of me.

November 11, 2008 at 5:08 AM  
Blogger a572mike said...

I haven't hit anything with my car yet, but I have certainly had to test out its braking capabilities a few times.

Wow! It's been nearly a year since you got Puck, can you believe it?

November 12, 2008 at 7:11 PM  
Blogger A said...

I'm telling you, deer are crazy. Don't look them in the eye!

I bet Bimmers brake smoothly.

I can hardly believe it's been a year. It's gone so fast! And I've gone through such a range of emotions in that car. We've been almost 13,000 miles together. That's something like 216 hours!

November 13, 2008 at 5:36 PM  

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