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December 28th, 2004
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A post I just made to d-pittsburgh-bullcrap:

On Dec 28, 2004, at 16:27, Wes Contreras wrote:

> > > I hate people.

> > I second and move to vote.

> Aye.

> > We are, in fact, a very poor sample.

> Except for Kenn.

No, I hate people too.

My car was parked on the street today. Someone smacked into it. Someone didn't come find me or leave insurance information or call the police. My driver's side door won't open now, probably because the quarter panel is smashed up, and who knows if there's more damage.

I don't think the insurance company is likely to give me anything, since I don't have comprehensive or collision. Seemed pointless on a car that's 9 years old with 230,000+ miles on it.

I really can't afford to buy another car or do very expensive repairs right now. I may make more than minimum wage, but I'm still hardly rich, especially since I graduated from CMU about a year and a half ago, and since I spent several months this year not making much of anything, and since my taxes this year are going to be *ridiculous* because I'm a contractor and thus have to pay payroll tax (the second half of Social Security) myself.

I'm not angry, honestly. I'm sad. If whoever it was had found me, his or her insurance would have paid for the damage to my car. His or her rates would have gone up, though, and he or she was probably embarrassed as hell (I know I would have been). I hope if I ever fuck up like that, I have the guts to admit it.

Someone's probably already drafting a reply telling me that owning cars is insane and wasteful and I should use public transport. Well, whatever. But *sniff* I love my car. (It's a '95 Toyota Camry, before you go off accusing me of excess.)

Kenn

Current Mood: sadsad

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From:annecognito
Date:December 29th, 2004 02:18 am (UTC)
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You're a better person than I. If it were my beloved car that had been murdlarized, I'd be embarking on a special-effects-dense action blockbuster quest for revenge, which also involves flashbacks to my TRAINING REALLY HARD AND BECOMING VARY POWERFUL.

=P

I'm sorry that your car got mushed, and that people suck.
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From:kenoubi
Date:December 29th, 2004 09:40 pm (UTC)
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Being angry would just seem pointless—there's no one to be angry at, and even if I knew who did it, I strongly suspect that he or she was just weak, not malicious. It's hard to be a good person. I doubt most people make the grade. (I don't, always.)

Thanks for your support.
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From:annecognito
Date:December 30th, 2004 04:59 am (UTC)
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I know it's pointless to get angry - getting angry over targetless grievances is probably my biggest fault (and I was trying to share that in a mildly amusing way, as is my wont). I've at least gotten to the point where I can avoid taking it out on anyone who doesn't deserve it when I'm cheesed off about something, but I still waste a lot of energy on unnecessary emotion. Comes with being a drama queen, I guess. ^_^

So, like, are you ever going to be on AIM again?
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From:kenoubi
Date:December 31st, 2004 05:44 pm (UTC)
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I do know, in some vague sense, that people feel pointless emotions on a pretty regular basis. Even I feel them occasionally, but more often I fake pointless emotions, to the extent that I tend to assume that's how they all work and become very skeptical of “emotionally motivated” behavior. Kind of odd, I suppose.

So, like, are you ever going to be on AIM again?

Yeah, sorry. I am right now, and I'll try to keep that in mind.

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From:sk4p
Date:December 29th, 2004 02:23 am (UTC)
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Proud car owner who won't give you any flack, right here.
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From:kenoubi
Date:December 31st, 2004 03:33 pm (UTC)
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Thanks.
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From:theadana
Date:December 29th, 2004 03:30 am (UTC)

*hug*

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I'm sorry your car got smushed. Many people suck in many ways. Perhaps sometime soon something very good will happen. It would only be fair.

See you soon, in any case.
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From:kenoubi
Date:December 31st, 2004 05:32 pm (UTC)

Re: *hug*

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Perhaps sometime soon something very good will happen. It would only be fair.

That would be nice. I seem to have had a lot of unpleasant experiences lately.

I think, though, that this might just be a time to pause for philosophical reflections: that I'm alive, that I've had some great and worthwhile experiences, and that I have awesome friends.

Thank you.

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From:papertygre
Date:December 29th, 2004 07:29 am (UTC)
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oh NO!

That's awful :(

Can you get in through the passenger side?

Maybe you could have it appraised at a body shop to find out how much it would cost to get it functional again, even if not back to perfect.
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From:kenoubi
Date:December 31st, 2004 05:39 pm (UTC)
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Can you get in through the passenger side?

That's what I did to drive home. Looks like it won't be necessary any more, though.

Maybe you could have it appraised at a body shop to find out how much it would cost to get it functional again, even if not back to perfect.

$600, all fixed, other than the fact that the paint won't quite match.

Thank you for your sympathy.

From:aletea
Date:December 30th, 2004 01:41 am (UTC)
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My sympathies abound but it always feels... so boring after everyone else says it. I know how it feels to have a car become all mushy and when you d rive around, and like... sing... and well, bond with him or her.... *hug* I'm soryr and I hope things get sorted out soon enough...
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From:kenoubi
Date:December 31st, 2004 05:40 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, it helps. Looks like it's going to be okay.
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