Friday, June 08, 2007
Sometimes you're the bug - Sometimes you're the Windshield.
"Take a little trip, take a little trip
Take a little trip and see
Take a little trip, take a little trip
Take a little trip with me."

So you're putt-puttin' downtown along Bay Street when you decide to cross over to grab a bite to eat over at City Market. Only there's one little problem. You're in a wheelchair and a bit too short for the huge Semi to see in front of him as he sits at the red light - now turned green.

Your unseen Guardian Angels scramble, for today is NOT supposed to be your day. Then by a stroke of wild luck - instead of being squashed into the blacktop, your wheelchair handles become lodged in the grille of the Semi.

At 5, then 10 and finally at 15 mph you muster up the courage to open your eyes. Your ears are flapping in the wind and you've had about enough fresh air as a body can take. Only the Semi makes all of the stop lights and continues to accelerate.

20, 25 and 30 miles per hour and you start to feel your face swell with welts. Yes, your face - which has suddenly become the flyswatter from hell for every sand gnat, moth or skeeter that decided to cross Rt. 80 in the last 2 mile stretch.

A long four miles later, you're about to enter Garden City at speeds upwards to 40-45 mph and the rubber on your wheelchair wheels has worn off. Sparks are flying. Finally, the disbelieving driver of the Semi is pulled over by two undercover police officers. With many thanks to concerned passerbys who dialed 911 on their cell phones.

Whaddaya know? You're perfectly okay.. but Wow! What a ride!

(Next time you think you're having a bad day, think of 21-year-old, Ben Carpenter of Kalamazoo, MI, smile, and enjoy the ride.)
Stumble It! .......posted by Margaret @ 12:17 AM  
8 Comments:
  • At 3:46 AM, Blogger Jayne d'Arcy said…

    That's just wild, literally! Thank god that man's guardian angel was sharp and on the job.

     
  • At 6:11 AM, Blogger Carlos said…

    That's insane!

     
  • At 7:08 AM, Blogger Flyinfox_SATX said…

    Woah!

     
  • At 5:45 PM, Blogger Orhan Kahn said…

    Indeed, one hell of a ride.

     
  • At 8:20 PM, Anonymous gawilli said…

    My heavens that brings new meaning to that old song by Mary Chapin Carpenter. It also reminds me of that commercial for the sound system with the man in the recliner completely "blown away" by the sound. I bet there are kids that would pay for that ride!

    Hey, thanks for stopping by to see me!

     
  • At 9:08 PM, Blogger doctor chip said…

    umm...

    umm...

    wow. awesome...


    how'd yhey scrape off the bugs?


    B-@

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  • At 8:54 PM, Blogger Dr.John said…

    I saw a general news item on this but they didn't mention that all the rubber had worn off the wheel chair tires.

     
  • At 11:52 AM, Blogger LoryKC said…

    WOW!

     
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