Our car is "broken"

September 24, 2008

Today brings us to the end of an era…a car era, that is. I have driven a 2000 silver Oldsmobile Alero for the past 7 years. Today I drove it for the last time. While I’m excited to get a “new to me” car, I’m sad to say good-bye to the car that has been with me for so long.

I drove that car to South Carolina (for Leadership Training), Colorado (for The Rock’s ski trip), a million trips to Illinois from Missouri (to visit family), Ohio (for The Rock’s National Convention) and then Texas (when we moved). I have put 115,00+ miles on that car. When my parents bought it for me, I was just finishing my sophomore year of college at Mizzou. Now, I live in Texas, am married and have 2 babies. We drove the Alero to bring both of our girls home from the hospital. The Alero was our “getaway” car when we left our wedding reception. I love that car. But, after writing all this, I’ve realized…I really need to move on. 🙂

Many of you have asked the details of our accident, so here it is:

Friday afternoon we went to run some errands. I had to go to David’s Bridal to be measured for a bride’s maid dress, we dropped some clothes off at Goodwill, bought milk at Whole Foods, and then I wanted to make one last stop. For the past week I’ve been trying to find an opportunity to go by Toys R Us to get a bath seat and baby swing for Alyssa. I thought we could make that stop on our way home.

We were driving through the shopping center’s parking lot going south. Another car was driving through an aisle of the parking lot going west. I was talking to my cousin, Mindy, on the phone and looked up just in time to see a white car hit the driver’s side of our car. Fortunately for all of us, Matt (he was driving) had the instinct to swerve to the right and drive up on an island (you know how they have those random areas with grass, tress, etc.) in the parking lot.

Alyssa had been asleep, but woke up and cried for about 10 seconds and then fell back asleep. Grace was immediately terrified and screamed, “No! No! No, Mommy!” I jumped out as fast as I could and got her out to hold her. Once we explained what happened, she kept saying, “Our car is broken. That other car is really broken.” She was also impressed that the police officer that came to the sight was riding a motorcycle!

Our car is pretty scratched up on the driver’s side and dented in a few places. The driver’s window won’t roll down all the way, the doors don’t completely close and I’m sure there is more damage. Fortunately it is drivable, but the insurance company declared it “TOTALED.

The other car was worse than ours. The entire front bumper and front parking lights fell off.

We were pretty sore for the next couple days. My chest and upper back muscles hurt and Matt’s back muscles hurt as well.

A funny thing…the police officer and Matt were talking about TV and police stuff. They soon realized that Matt did a story about police officers catching speeders in a “hot spot” in Austin and this officer was part of the story! What a small world!!

Well…now starts the process of finding a REALLY cheap car for the same amount of money the insurance company gave us for my precious Alero. 🙂

2 Responses to “Our car is "broken"”

  1. Ashleigh said

    I’m glad you all are okay! I did laugh a little at your “obituary”. Hehe. Have fun looking for a “new to you” car!

  2. Kate said

    I loved all the memories…you forgot to mention that you already got hit once by Trotter. I’m not sure if you remembered that or not 😉

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