This morning I tested out a new alarm clock that the Scion car company has been working on for a few years. Although it was very effective in waking me up from a heavy sleep, the cost of the alarm clock is more than I am used to. Starting at $17,000, I am more inclined to continue using my phone as my modest means of beginning my day.
Six o’clock this morning two young men tried to take the corner in my neighborhood at roughly 45 miles per hour. They failed. They did however succeed in skidding around the corner and coming to a stop upon the cinderblock wall which sits at the end of my driveway.
I woke up to the skidding noise, and the sound of metal smashing into something was enough to get me to jump to my feet to look outside. I half expected my car, or one of the many usually parked on the street, to be among the victims.
Fortunately, the only casualties were a wall, a mailbox, a scion Xb and a bougainvillea bush. The driver and his passenger seemed stunned when I first came out, their airbags had deployed and were probably knocked around pretty good.
The neighbors across the street came out immediately and began
questioning interrogating the two boys. After they were sure they were okay, they began berating them on their driving and did a great job of making sure the boys knew they were to be considered very fortunate dumb-asses for what they had done.
Thank goodness for everyone this happened early enough so that the neighborhood kids were not yet outside, waiting for the school bus. Of course, if this had happened later in the day when I wasn’t home, I’m not sure what I would have done when I went to get my mail…besides scratch my head in bewilderment.