I totaled the car.
To be fair, it happened a few days before New Year's Eve, en route to picking up the ladies at the Albany airport back in New York, but we just got the news that it was a total loss.
It makes me sad because it was a steadfast and true car, one that Lucy had given special meaning when I said we were getting a car that had all-wheel drive for the ice. She replied, "Yes. It can also drive on ocean waves, over mountains, and even on HOT LAVA. It's called Strongtaneous."
Strongtaneous (a hybrid Ford Escape) did everything asked of her until a guy swerved into my lane, and I reacted with that slight twitch of the wheel - completely fine during normal circumstances, but in this snowstorm, it sent me into the guard rail, where I spun once, and managed to hit it again.
I've always prided myself on being able to drive in the snow, always having great reaction time and instincts, but this confluence of events put me into the highway barrier regardless. Thank god there was nobody else around on that godforsaken night, an hour into the blizzard.
And so now we look for what Tessa's calling Strongtaneous Deuxième. The insurance company is giving us almost full value for the car, so if any of you want to make us a little less blue, tell us of an SUV with great gas mileage, ready for winter, with room enough for both people and harebrained schemes.
Posted by Ian Williams at January 15, 2013 11:01 PM