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Women +1, Men -1

To add to yesterdays fun, I got a lift back home with my father. You need to report a road accident within 24 hours so we went to the Hillcrest SAPS station to report it before going home.

I walked into the charge office, and announced that I needed to report an accident, and the officer laughed. Great. He told me he had no incident forms at all, but Kloof still had two, so if I hurried there I could report it there. He’s just told this gentleman the same thing, like he’s just set up a race. Terrific, my faith in the police is restored!

Although my dad and I actually have no idea where the Kloof SAPS is, we eventually found the 3 prefab buildings that are the temporary (but longstanding) home of the cops in Kloof. The only officer in the charge office there (a woman this time) had had the foresight to make photocopies of the form before using her last original, so she was able to deal with my matter efficiently and effectively. I must compliment her on her smooth handling of the issue – so unlike the rest of the police I’ve ever dealt with.

Here’s the positive point I promised last time though – the male cop in Hillcrest was so damn useless he used his last forms without making a contingency plan, then laughed when we wanted to report an incident. The female cop in Kloof was efficient, knew her job and made copies before she used the last form, showing a thinking brain too. That’s women +1, men -1 yesterday I’m afraid. This is of course, only positive for the fairer sex, I realise.

The other positive point is that I’d never come across a cop before who knew what the hell they were doing, so I can confirm it – that mythical beast does exist, rare as it may be :-).

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Bummer

What a wonderful Monday I had yesterday!

I was the 3rd car in a 4 car sandwich on the N2 northbound, below the Clare Rd bridge (if that means anything at all to you, dear reader), at 7:50 in the morning. The BMW in the front of our happy little party jumped on his brakes, so so did we. I actually recall a feeling of relieved joy that I was going to be able to stop in time – I could see that I would make it….

…. then the Uno in front of me hit the Beemer and bounced back, causing me to hit her, shortly after which the Toyota behind me struck me. Terrific.

Thankfully, and praise be to God for this, we all got out and walked to each other to exchange details, so there were no serious or even major injuries. My car, however, needed towing back to a panelbeater – damage to the rear and front left, extensively in the front. The engine wouldn’t even try to turn over. The Uno also took a big knock, but the other 2 (outer, and much bigger) cars were not too bad at all.

Fortunately my father happened to be at the Spaghetti junction on his way to work when I called him, so he could swing by the scene in short time. This was handy since I had someone to give a squash bag full of my car’s stuff to when they towed my little red car away. Fortunately again, a work colleague happened to be in the left lane (my car had been towed to the other (left) side of the road by then to get it out the way) and recognised me. He stopped, and gave me a lift to work, so my dad didn’t need to be taken further out of his way. All that’s left now is to wait for a quote on my car and hope it can be repaired – it didn’t look bad to either of us, but we can’t really judge such matters.

The other wrinkle is that the Uno driver was not insured, but she needs to deal with our insurance companies in that case I’m afraid – that’s why you pay for insurance. I was contacted today with regards to her, since she was apparently treated for severe whiplash at St. Augustine’s afterwards, which is odd, since she got out and walked around just fine after the incident. In any event, it’s now in the insurer’s hands.

I realise this infrequently updated blog has become a continual stream of bad news and little positive – I promise I’ll find something nice to say soon. In the meantime, I can say my outlook on the whole thing is that the car is just a car, the important thing is that we all walked away from it okay (and I’m perfectly fine).

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