Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Too much excitement around here

I head outside to the pool around 7:15 last night and the first thing I saw was flashing lights on the street behind my house.... lots and lots of flashing lights. Now maybe in some neighborhoods this is a normal occurrence, but out in the boonies where I live..... flashing lights indicate a thankfully "rare" calamity has occurred. Since waltzing up to the scene of an accident in a bikini that may or may not be just a little too revealing in the top half did not seem like a good idea, I went ahead and got in the pool and observed the situation from in the water to try to figure out what was going on. There were at least 3 ambulances, 4-5 sheriff/police cars, and a couple of big trucks pulled over on the side of the road. I could see them working on someone on the ground but I could not really get a clear view as to what or who or how many were involved in the accident.
The weird part was how quiet it was...all you could hear was birds and cicadas. You would think you would hear yelling, screaming, or loud noises but nothing......... It took me a moment to realize that there was no traffic passing through. Apparently it was bad enough that the police had blocked off traffic in both directions. Eventually I could make out a person being loaded up into the ambulance and then the ambulance drove about 50 yards down the road (no siren... all was still quiet) to the intersection where our street is and stopped..... they sat there for about 10 minutes. I thought this was very odd. Had the person died? What was going on? Suddenly I heard a helicopter. Life flight!!! This must be really bad!!!! The helicopter landed on our little road, loaded up the poor victim, and flew off. You forget how loud helicopters are in person. I think everybody on our street had to come outside and check this out. Two of our dogs were outside at the time and I was really surprised at how calm they were, normally any little thing sets them off.
So, it turns out that two brothers were out for a ride trying out some massive motorcycle. One of the brothers was out front on the motorcycle and the other was following behind in a truck. The motorcycle riding brother looked behind him for some reason to see how far away his brother was in the truck and somehow he drifted towards those little plastic noisemakers that they put on the edges of roads with no shoulder to keep you from running off the road. Well, he ran off the road and hit the "dangerous curves ahead" road sign at about 5o mph. He almost completely severed his arm off in the process. Ughh! Poor man!!! I hope every thing turns out alright. By the time the sheriffs cleared the road block there was a good 15 minute steady stream of traffic going behind our house. It all just reminds you how quickly bad things can happen and how lives can be forever changed in the blink of an eye.

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