Almost died today. It was pretty bananas. But like mashed bananas with strawberry guts all over the pavement.
Ive talked about it in my hitching blog, and its a factor in my theory for this upcoming trip, but you really can die anywhere, anytime doing anything, the unpredictable risk is the same in small town USA as it is in Jakarta. Sure conditions change, but as I posted recently, bad drivers, bad roads, the whole lot; is everywhere.
Today I was walking home from Uptown, jamming to I think Girl Talk at the time...and I heard a loud screech. I looked up and what followed next was surreal, and it almost killed me...A four door Mazda had lost control and was drifting violently across the main intersection, looping in front of me, easily 3ft away and continued to swerve out of control. The driver was counter spinning the wheel as fast as he could, and the car caught, and jerked forward, plowing through the front doors of the Best Western hotel on the corner. The loud crash and glass shattering rocked the silent street.It had managed to miss two massive stone pillars at the front entrance, and smashed through a conference room and the front desk. Throughout the easy 60ft skid, there were no pedestrians except myself, and no cars on his path. The intersection was stocked with traffic at the red light, and provided an audience. I ran immediately, and the driver, a short middle aged Asian man was knocked out on the airbag, but I didn't see blood. I told the concierge to call 911, but I'm sure they already had.He wasn't out cold, just completely rattled and in shock. He slurred a few words, and slowly climbed out. Apparently a van had cut him off, and it was a reacting swerve that did the damage. It was his green, so there was no traffic in his lane. Not only could he have died, myself as a pedestrian, any potential passerbys, or people in the hotel lobby could have been hit as well. It was a lucky situation. I provided a police witness statement, and was tripping the whole time, as I wasn't far off from a pretty messy spot. I didn't jaywalk, and I normally do(so badass...) but it could have been alot different...
It just reiterated how I feel about people being afraid to try things, when the risk is the same, if not more as a common commuter, walking on the sidewalk.
Unrelated but cool song/effed video. In the flowers-Animal Collective.