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A Fortnight After the Crash

It has been 14 days since my car accident. It shook me up more than I expected. As I described then in my running blog:

Yesterday's rain was especially complex. The sky changed colors every minute. Warnings were abound. Sirens, the radio. I wanted to get home, but traffic was hard.

Naperville Road was just resurfaced. And my brakes were just fixed (new pads). Cars in front of me abruptly stopped. I hydroplaned. Whack. Not too complicated, but horrible just the same. I was doing everything right, but things all sort of converged. Scary.

No one was hurt, although my neck is stiff and I have a welt on my left forearm. The car looks totaled...

I sold my car. Hardly got a penny for it. Not because it wasn't worth anything, but because I had no way to store it while looking for a buyer. I have no doubt I was taken, but the routine of cars like mine creates easy pickin's for the impound lot owner. Pretty close to buying a new one.

Now, I'm basically fine. My arm welt is still healing. The scratch on my neck is almost gone. The aches appear to have passed though a few parts are tender.

It took me over a week to be willing to drive. I expected to jump back in the saddle, but felt odd about driving. Nervous maybe? Tonight, I had an evening meeting and it again, rained hard. I decided to sit it out.

Look behind my car in the picture. You will see me standing with the guy who owns the lot. The car we are looking at still had blood stains. The driver was killed. Drunk, without a seatbelt. Blood not quite dried remained pooled in between the seats.

Looking inside the car, I could determine a few things about him. He seemed to be returning from the laundrymat, or on the way. He smoked. Generally, not tidy. Michigan plates. Car was older. Some rust. Who was he? I'll never know, but there his things were scattered, in his car, no longer useful to him. It haunts me.

Later that night of the accident, after the rain, there was a beautiful rainbow. This picture only captures half of its magnificence. That's the view from my deck looking over the neighborhood, toward the south.

I wonder what Noah saw.

8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: 9 "I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10 and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be cut off by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth."

12 And God said, "This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth."

17 So God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth." (Genesis 9:8-17 - NIV)
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