Well amid all the current craziness that we are all experiencing I want to just write a little bit about normal life and how it can throw you a ‘curve ball’ at any time.
A few weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic caused all of our countries to react I was driving a hire car in the beautiful state of Texas on my way from an airport to a hotel.
I was on a highway with 4 lanes in each direction and I was in one of the middle 2 lanes following a large truck with cars both sides and behind me when a rear tyre on the truck in front burst and shredded sending a large piece of tyre straight at me.
Now I am an experienced driver (for that you can read getting on in years) so I did not panic but in a second reviewed my options, but penned in as I was, I took what I thought was the safest option by slowing down gently to give the driver behind time to react.
I knew in doing this that the tyre was going to impact the front of my car so I braced for the impact, now I was a little lucky in that the tyre was coming down when it hit me so it impacted the front of the car low down and was forced under it . I then slowly moved over and left the highway at the next exit with a grating noise coming from the front of the car.
On inspection the collision had loosened the front section of the car and the front spoiler was dragging on the ground, I did what I could to reattach it and completed my drive to the hotel without getting back on the highway.
I was actually very lucky that on that occasion I was with one of my colleagues Daniel and he helped me to better secure the front of the car with the help of almost a whole role of duck tape!
Unfortunately the only colour we could get at the local hardware store was bright orange!
I do regret not taking a picture of the finished article as it was quite a sight.
It just shows you that you can never be sure what is around the corner.
I wish you and your loved ones health, happiness and not too many surprises, stay safe.
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Back at home, our eldest Indiana is now just over 5 years old. Of course, while this has brought skinned knees and elbows, bruises and stories of adventures in the (actually quite well equipped) playground at school, I’m pleased to say he’s also started to foster a joy of reading.
It is 5 action packed days…exciting and productive