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Re: Reunion from Hell (archive)

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Posted by LloydG on September 21, 1998 at 11:15:24:

In Reply to: Reunion from Hell posted by Fred Kern on September 21, 1998 at 00:42:49:

Hi Fred,

Hope your Mom is doing better. As for the trip from daughter maintains that the worst of times tend to make the best of stories. So now you've got a few to tell.


: Just got back to Burlington. The flight from Philadelphia was delayed 1.5 hours and USAirways sent my mother's walker to Indianapolis at a gate check - we were standing on the jetway, outside of the plane the Burlington, and this wasn't a big enough hint to convince the idiot there that we may want this item on the plane with us rather than send it 1,500 miles the wrong way. this was a fitting end for a trip with the following highlights:

: 1. Ran into the remains of hurricane Earl in the middle of rush hour in Carlotte. (9/3)
: 2. Some miscreant Z3 owner "doored" my car in the Marriott parking lot Thursday night. (9/3)
: 3. My mother fell and broke her hip Saturday night. (9/5)
: 4. I hit a deer while heading back to Burlington on the Blue Ridge Parkway Wednesday (9/16).
: 5. USAirways turns an 1100 mile flight into a 9 hour extravaganza. While sending an walker that my mother purchased spent the last two weeks learning how to use to the never-never land of lost luggage.
: After explaining in graphic detail to the dolt working the gate just what total immobilty meant to someone, I got her to call the local hospital to obtain a walker rather tna wait for Mom's to arrive somewhere around "noon tomorrrow".
: As for my car, it is at Valley Cadillac/Oldsmobile/BMW in Roanoke, VA. They will have to replace the hood, windshield and $1,000 more miscellaneous items to make it new again. I can see nothing other than superficial damage requiring body panel replacement. The deer must have been in the air, moving from left-to-right when it hit. I have one small dent in the hood in front of the wheel arch (the wheel arch itself is buckled slightly). The body of the deer hit just right-of-center below the windshield header at about 40 MPH. Although cracked, the windshield remained in the car, and I could find no distortion in the windshield frame. The top goes up and latches normally! In fact, I drove the car about 40 miles from the scene of the accident into the dealer in Roanoke. This is one tough car to take a hit like this in what should be a relatively weak area. Yes, I did just get through installing deer whistles -- they don't work.

: Thanks also to BMW's Roadside assistance. I located what I thought would be the nearest dealer then called the 800 number. BMW confirmed that Roanoke was the nearest dealer and put me in conact with their service department immediately.

: Now for the Bambi-huggers - (1) I sincerely hope the deer died, and (2) I am strongly considering taking up hunting.

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