Nampa had some very slick roads the other day and someone tagged the Kia. No one was hurt and my Kia got a few scuff marks and scratches on the rear quarter panel but no big dents. I will go in Friday and have the scratches appraised for the cost of fixing it. I was really impressed the Kia didn’t have more damage of course it is the lower part of the quarter panel and that stuff usually has to be replaced rather than buffed out so it might be more costly than I think to fix it.
I had to a sort of low speed chase trying to catch the fellow that backed into me. I think the older gentlemen just sort of panicked instead of taking a bit of time to get calmed down as he had a nasty slide before he backed into me. Once he went a few miles he pulled into a parking lot and I got his info. I have to say it was very straight forward with both insurance companies and it was a very easy process getting the claim started. I did not get the police involved as I think the damage is below the limit and they police ended up not being needed. Plus the police were very busy with a lot of major accidents the last couple of days and this was a very simple accident with minimal damage.
In some ways I am a bit surprised by all the accidents because I think our city and county workers have done a good job plowing and sanding the roads after each storm. It’s probably human nature that people tend to over estimate their skill driving or just don’t think how conditions have changed. This winter using my mirrors save me from a few accidents. I learned how to use my mirrors more effectively when I drove in Germany as that is a big deal especially driving on the autobahn. You don’t want to get hit by even a small car that is moving along at 220 kph or 130+ mph, no matter what kind of vehicle you drive. It has saved me from a couple of accidents every year, but it seems like it is more critical skill in the last few months than it has been in the past.
Any way I’m starting to feel a bit better and more rested since I decided to take a break from hard core prepping. The day to day chores seem easier to do, as they are not competing with any “projects” for my attention. I finished cutting up wood for two of my party buckets while I still had one party bucket about 2/3rds full. I’m also learning how to use the apple wood for a long, slow burn in the daytime. Learning how to use my wood mix is taking a bit of time but I think I’m getting a bit better on my ratios. I will get another load of the apple wood next week even though I have a good size stack on hand.
There are a couple of reasons and number one is never trust Mama Nature or life. Trust me, she is trying to kill you and one day she will succeed. Don’t make it easy for Mama Nature to kick you out of the gene pool! Second reason is my Mom and Dad worry about me and want me to stay warm. I’m in my late 40’s and they are bouncing around the 70’s but they don’t stop being parents based on age. If I can give them one less kid to worry about I’ll do it. If I don’t use the wood this year it will season and dry to give me a start on next year’s wood pile.
For me it is a good time to re-think my plans and goals. Thinking is hard work, especially when you go beyond the six months to a year of basics. Some times the best thing to do is to do nothing but think.