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another message from heaven. or hell.

tonight on the way to work i saw a deer get hit by a car. it was moving after the car hit it and i narrowly avoided hitting it myself. needless to say, i was immediately freaking out. i didn't stop, and i do regret that. when i looked in the rearview mirror, there were no cars behind me, so there were no headlights by which to see if the deer was still in the road. i immediately called the authorities to have them come to the scene, but i proceeded to go to work. i am not sure what else i could have done but i will say that as non-religious as i am it is occurences like this that make me immediately think of prayer. i was/am very upset. i was also very upset that the car in front of me that obviously hit/grazed the deer kept right on going. but what can i say... i didn't stop to try to help the deer either. it was just all awful.

prior to that event i had been in a really good mood, but it's hard (for me) to ignore something like that. particularly in light of the messages i seem to be getting about cars lately. i really think i'm being told to stop driving, but i can't stop driving. it's just nigh unto impossible. public transportation doesn't go to the places i need to go.

as i said, prior to and apart from that, i was in a good mood. and that is despite the sad news that we had our lowest book club meeting attendance ever. i mean, normally that would ruin my whole week, but in this case i just understand that everyone has been busy and this month's choice was kind of intimidating or off-putting. i ended up having a good time talking to traceracer and mandy anyways. i feel confident that people will come to the book club holiday shindig, like last year, and that will encourage a renewed enthusiasm.

even before book club, i was feeling good because i made myself dinner. i made myself dinner. i'm amazed. i had scrambled eggs with cheese and an english muffin. not the most healthy dinner, i know, but still. i didn't go to taco bell. heh... instead i had john get me some taco bell once i got to work. lame. i currently have a very long to-do list of which almost nothing is getting done. it goes a little like this:

- make key/mail key copies
- get rid of tv/tv stand
- mail check to mom and dad
- setup online banking
- junk to goodwill
- sportfit
- get car stereo (i bet this will get done friday since it's a "fun" to-do)
- pay parking ticket
- get sewing machine from jody's/get sewing machine fixed/sew curtains
- put together filing cabinet
- get mailing addresses of people
- change addresses with various institutions
- pay bills


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 12th, 2002 05:22 am (UTC)
Too bad about the deer. This type of thing is getting ever more common as there isn't much room left for them and most places have banned hunting. In southern Michigan they totally banned hunting for a while and the towns were over run by deer in a couple of seasons. Too bad. I think instead of being told not to drive you may have been told to drive carefully. You did the right thing by calling and I doubt you could have done anything for the deer. Keep in mind that an injured deer is very dangerous and should be left to professionals to handle.
Nov. 12th, 2002 10:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Deer
I do drive carefully. :(
Nov. 12th, 2002 05:29 am (UTC)
I agree with your pa. Deer have very sharp hooves and it should be left to the pros to decide what to do in this case. I'm sorry you had to witness it. Everytime I take a back road home I pass at least one and I'm terrified of hitting one or seeing one hit myself.
Nov. 12th, 2002 10:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks you guys are making me feel better that I did the right thing.
Nov. 12th, 2002 06:19 am (UTC)
Having been guilty of flipping a deer end over end and not stopping, I think you did the right thing (if I'd stopped, I wouldn't have gotten back in the car -- as it turned out, I managed to get to where I was going and THEN freak out completely). There's not much you could have done for the deer except possibly get hurt by it.

And sorry about bookclub. :( Classes willing, I'll be back in January, ra'ring to go.
Nov. 12th, 2002 10:49 pm (UTC)
Oh :( I am so sorry. Your deer experience was much much worse than mine. :(
Nov. 12th, 2002 10:53 am (UTC)
Speaking as someone who lives in a hugely deer infested area, you definitely did the right thing. I am so glad you and your little car are safe.
Nov. 12th, 2002 10:51 pm (UTC)
I'm okay and my little car is okay but my brain is getting tired of being constantly in a state of alarm when it is behind the wheel of a car. :P
Nov. 12th, 2002 11:11 am (UTC)
These folks already said it, but I know from my time as an adjunct to Animal Control that there was little you could do other than to alert the authorities - which is what you did, and much more than many would think to do. It's unsafe to get near a hurt wild animal, especially out on the road at night. I'm sorry it was so stressful but you did the correct thing.
Nov. 12th, 2002 10:52 pm (UTC)
Phew. I'm glad everyone posted this stuff because I was feeling really guilty that I didn't stop. Now I just feel guilty for being an evil human that takes over the space the animals want to frolic in with roads and things.
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