Monday, July 29, 2019

JANIE JUNEBUG'S REALLY HORRIBLE SUNDAY NIGHT FROM WHICH SHE NEEDS TIME TO RECOVER

Dear Ones,

Last night I drove Favorite Young Man to a church. Then I headed toward home, taking the same route I use to get home from work. Familiar roads.

I was on I-95 North headed to I-10, where I get the exit to my hood. Heavy traffic but not bumper-to-bumper people sitting there. People driving really fast.

A couple of miles before I-10, the green Junebugmobile suddenly lost power. I was in the center lane. I managed to hit the emergency flashers. Pulled over to the right shoulder with drivers swerving around me and honking as if I dragged my ass and had my flashers on for fun.

Terrified, but I made it.

Texted Favorite Young Man that it was an emergency, but he had no way to get to me. An Uber wasn't going to drop him off on the interstate. Called Allstate Roadside Assistance, which I've had for many years. It was only my third call for help in eight or nine years. Excellent service from them in the past.

Gave my location. Explained the car was dead but it wasn't the battery. Car made chugging sound like the little engine that could when I turned the key. Probably the alternator. So I began the wait for the tow truck.

State trooper stopped and jumped the car. Didn't start. He said he was sorry he couldn't go to the church to pick up FYM. He had to deal with other cars that needed to be towed and would be back as soon as he could.

Tow truck driver calls and says he can't find me. I get a text from Allstate and send them my location on my phone. I see the map. My location according to the phone is correct.

Driver calls repeatedly and says he can't find me. I read what the nearest sign says and tell him the names of businesses I can see from the car. He wants me to take a picture of the sign and send it to him. I tell him I can't get out to take picture. I will get hit by a car. He says that if I won't send him a picture then he can't find me and he can't drive all over 95 looking for me. FUCK HIM. FUCK HIM AND THE HORSE HE RODE IN ON EXCEPT IT WAS A TOW TRUCK THAT NEVER ARRIVED.

I call Allstate. They get another tow truck company. Say they will "escalate" what happened with the first driver because he shouldn't have tried to force me to put myself in danger and he shouldn't have given up.

Second tow truck driver calls. He can't find me. I dial 911. I give my location. Within minutes a trooper arrives. How come he can find me but no tow truck driver can? I put the trooper on the phone with the driver. Trooper gives driver directions.

Driver says he's on his way. Second trooper arrives. Driver calls again. HE CAN'T FIND ME ON THE SIDE OF 95 APPROACHING 10 WITH TWO TROOPERS BEHIND ME FLASHING THEIR LIGHTS.

I get the trooper back on the phone with the driver. Gives driver same directions as before. This driver doesn't give up and he finally arrives. Gets his truck in place. Gets me out of the car safely. I go to get in the tow truck. Troopers still there, thank you God.

I step on the first step of the truck. So high off the ground. I get caught somehow as I'm headed for second step. I fall. I make sure I don't land on my back because a piece of bone is pointed at my spine from the time I broke my back in five places. If bone shifts could paralyze me. I'm falling and screaming for help. Trooper rescues me and helps me get in the truck.

Driver turns out to be nice guy. WOULD NOT GIVE UP UNTIL HE FOUND ME. Gets my car home and puts it in my driveway. Helps me get out of the truck. I give him 20 bucks to get a drink or whatever. I don't owe anything else because I'm a Roadside Assistance Member.

I get in the house. Take dogs out. Ice my bruises. Sob.

Can barely walk today but I'm alive. I'm not sure how long I was on the side of the road. Two hours? Three hours?

FYM gets off work at six and says he'll Uber here immediately.

I should have seen my doctor today or gone to urgent care but I don't have the strength to get dressed and have an Uber take me someplace.

As Penelope says, That is all.


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug, who is frightened and hurt but will get better



Why were people shot in California last night? Why are some of them dead? Guns don't kill people. People with guns kill people. Especially assault-style weapons.


51 comments:

  1. Holy shit! What a horrible experience, Janie. 😟 I hope you'll recover quickly. SMH (shaking my head) at the severe incompetence that prevails in the modern world.

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    1. I don't ever wanna go anyplace again. Thank you, Debbie. Love you.

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  2. God bless that you got through it relatively safely...great that he could finally find you, though my smart mouth would have had to ask why it was so hard to fricking find me! Or with the pain, maybe not...

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    1. I was just glad he was there when he finally arrived. The first driver is the one who deserves my ire because he gave up.

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  3. Oh no! So sorry Janie. What a horrid experience. You have to get to the doctor somehow, even if a ambulance has to come get you. You could be seriously hurt. Sending you love and hugs. Please take good care of yourself.

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    1. I'll be okay, sweetheart. I'll get a rental car for a couple of days.

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  4. What an ordeal, Janie! Glad you didn't get more seriously hurt. Rest and recuperate -- you deserve some peace and quiet!

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  5. Stupid stupid stupid driver.
    Anyways, what a story I was holding my breath as I read this ! Thank God for the Troopers and the one driver who did not give up. And Thank Goodness the Trooper caught you before you fell.
    Janie I am so sorry this happened to you plus why are all the cars driving so fast ?
    They do that here too.
    I hope you can somehow get to a doctor and check everything out.
    Be Well
    parsnip x

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    1. People here drive way too fast. It doesn't matter if I'm going 65 or 85. They pass me.

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  6. Ohhhhhh. Janie, what a miserable experience. Perhaps it might have been worse but it was plenty bad enough as it was. Thank goodness the troopers took their job seriously and stayed with you. I do know the feeling of just being overloaded with bad stuff and how it makes you want to cry and never go out again. Give yourself some time to get over the shock to your system. Pamper yourself. Let your dogs bring you joy if they will cooperate in that. And know we care and would help you and hug you if we lived closer than a million miles down the road. Just take your time getting back on an even keel if you can. I can't stress that enough. Big hug from here.

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    1. You are so sweet, my little donkey. The dogs always cooperate in bringing me joy. I feel the hugs from all of you, too. It definitely could have been worse.

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  7. OMG that is a horrible bruise and you must be in quite a bit of pain that doesn’t show up. I hope your back is ok because any jolt can create problems but glad you could think on your feet as you were falling off your feet. The tow truck drivers were beyond stupid and should go back to school to learn all areas. It reminds me of the time, I went out with my mom to visit the cemetery where my dad is buried. The car died and it is farmland area. I called CAA and ...no one showed. I called again and finally, 2 hours later, a greasy jerk with his friend that just looked like they jumped off the incest truck, came and gave me hell for taking them away from fixing his car! I gave him hell right back and told him he was contracted to do this job and that he better do it and if he dares lay a scratch on my car he would be sued. I was pissed!!! I told CAA who were horrified that I was treated in such a disrespectful manner and found out they got rid of him and hired someone else for the rural area.

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    1. They jumped off the incest truck! Brigid, that's too funny. I known I have at least one injury that doesn't show. My lower right leg really hurts. The bruise there can barely be seen but something is wrong. I promise I'll take care of myself.

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    2. I can't believe I spelled your name wrong. I blame it on the bruises. BIRGIT BIRGIT BIRGIT

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  8. I am so very sorry - and super glad that the troopers stayed with you.
    Echoing jenny_o, and sending oceans of caring your way.

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    1. Thank you, EC. If anyone ever says anything bad about a Florida State Trooper, then that person will be sorry.

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  9. That is awful!! Three cheers for the troopers and the nice tow truck guy. I wonder how they couldn't find you?

    I'm glad you made it home safely. Hopefully the bruises heal without incident. Large bruises do put you at risk of clots, don't they? Be vigilant!

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    1. I don't understand not being able to find me, especially with the ping from my phone. Jacksonville is very large and spread out, though.

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  10. Oh my goodness...I'm so sorry for your ordeal! And grateful that you're going to be ok. Be extra good to yourself for a while, okay?

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    1. I don't have a problem with being extra good to myself.

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  11. That first driver was an ass! Thank goodness for the troopers and the second driver didn't give up. That bruise looks horrible! What an ordeal! I do think you should see a doctor. If nothing else for work because you should stay home and recover. I know the feeling of feeling too awful and exhausted TO make it to the clinic or even an emergency room. You can fee so lousy that you don't care to make anything worse by going...but I hope you go tomorrow. Be good to yourself. Love and hugs!!

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    1. Love and hugs back to you, Rita Pita Pan. I'm still in bed and it's headed toward noon. Every time I even brush one of my bruises on something it's painful.

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  12. I'm wondering if those tow truck drivers that said they couldn't find you were actually out looking for you or if that's their way of avoiding the job. I agree with everyone that you should see a doctor as soon as possible. That's a nasty bruise. I really hope you feel better and not worse when you wake up this morning. Hugs.

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    1. I feel about the same. No better. No worse. I'm in bed. Just woke up. The first driver obviously didn't care about what he was supposed to do. The second guy had a hard time. He retraced my route to get to me so he was devoted to the task. It just took a long time.

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  13. Hi Janie - it all sounds horrendous and frightening - but am glad all is well - the highways are terrifying in conditions like that. I hope you relax soon, get the bruises looked at and recover as best you can. I'm glad the car is home and you were looked after ... take care and look after yourself ... and I'm sure the dogs gave you a warm welcome ... all the best - Hilary

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    1. The dogs were thrilled to see me. It was way past feeding time at the zoo.

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  14. Oh my god! What an ordeal. I'm so glad you were rescued and sure hope you recover quickly from your fall. That is one UNPRETTY bruise! May today be a much better day!

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    1. You should all my other unpretty bruises that are in places where I can't photograph them.

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    2. I meant: You should see all my other unpretty bruises . . . again, I blame all errors on my injuries.

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  15. Bless you heart. When you have a bad day, you don’t fool around - you go ahead on and have a bad day.
    You might want to check for locusts and pestilence.
    Take care Janie.

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    1. If it rains again, the frogs will definitely be here. I guess we can compare the bruises to boils. I'm waiting for the locusts.

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  16. Why can't I delete the Mumbai escorts? I've deleted them a million other times.

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    1. Ahhh. Finally got them off. They are so persistent that they need to teach the first tow truck driver how to do his job.

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    2. Your funny bone ain't broken, that's for sure.:D

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    3. If my funny bone breaks, then that's the day I give up.

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  17. Janie, you had one of THOSE days, and you turned out to be the real trooper. In addition, you reminded all of us how well you write^!
    Go, girl!

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    1. That's so nice. When I have a terrible day, I put my whole heart into it.

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  18. Ugh! That sounds horrible. I hate car breakdowns. Had some similar issues with my van a few weeks ago, right after my knee surgery. But not as bad as yours. That would piss me off ROYALLY, about the first tow truck driver. Glad you made it out safely. Take care of that bruise.

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    1. I have an appointment with my doctor tomorrow after I get a rental car. Favorite Young Man has to order parts for my car that are not available here. It's the trickiest fix it's ever needed. That's good for a 20-year-old car.

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  19. Good Lord, do I have to come down there? If so, I'm going after that driver. He needs a little edu-ma-cation.

    Hope your boo-boos heal quickly. Smooch.

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    1. Smoochie smooches to you. Penelope kissed FYM on Sunday. First time ever. Also has allowed nice lady who lives across the street to pet her.

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  20. Bloody hell what a horrrible story that first driver is an asshole but aren't we thankful for mobile phones, so we can call for help safely.

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    1. Yes! I was very grateful for my phone. The first trooper who stopped and tried to jump my car never came back. I know he was busy, though, and he thought the tow truck was on its way.

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  21. Ouch! I am so sorry you got the bruise but equally sorry you had a break down on the interstate. I am glad you are ok.

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    1. Oh, I have many colorful bruises. I am a work of bruised art.

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  22. Damn. What a scare. Oh sweetie, I'm so sorry. I'm also sorry I can't drop by with chicken noodle soup or chocolate ice cream or something to make it all better.
    Be gentle with you and healing swiftly. Ya hear?!
    Love.

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    1. Aaaah, the thought of chocolate ice cream is marvelous. If it ever gets a little cooler, I'll go out for ice cream.

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  23. What a nightmare experience, Janie! That bruise looks painful! Here's hoping the FYM, Penelope, and Franklin are taking good care of you! Thank goodness for State Troopers and their ilk! I was in a terrifying rollover in Newfoundland decades ago and wouldn't move until a Mountie showed up. I'm so proud of our police and all the thankless things they do. May you heal to 100% already!

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  24. I admit, I have a tremendous sex drive. My boyfriend lives forty miles away. Hey, i am looking for an online sex partner ;) Click on my boobs if you are interested (. )( .)

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