Getting Old, By the Grace of God

I don’t know for sure why I have been so compelled to write this post. As those of you who know me well will attest, I’m not one to talk about my own travails or problems, and that’s not the point. But for some reason I need to share this.

Saturday night I walked into a local bar and was greeted by a dozen or so of my friends, family, and co-workers. Bangie Thing had arranged a surprise party for my 45th birthday, and it was indeed a surprise.  I joked that we were celebrating me having survived that long. It was only a half joke.

The week before I walked away from this.

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140321 (3) 140321 (4)I kissed a palm tree at 60 MPH. Those of you in the public safety professions who have responded to motor vehicle crashes know the forces involved to do that much damage to CVPI. I myself have worked accidents involving slower speeds and seen the human carnage that they caused. I have a sore rib cage and an even sorer left hand from where I apparently punched the dash board on impact. I might have broken something, not sure, but I can more or less use the hand so no biggie (Just as long as I don’t try and do anything too strenuous involving my index finger that is.) But that’s it. Not another scratch on me. St. Michael and St. Erasmus were definitely with me that night.

This is what a CVPI looks like normally, with my handiwork in the foreground, just for comparison.

140321 (14)But that’s not the point of all this. This wasn’t the first time I’ve given my Guardian Angel a migraine, that’s for sure. But this time I realized just how precious life is. Maybe I’m just getting old, or maybe when I saw the look in Bangie Thing’s eyes when she saw the car, or maybe when I looked at my princesses; what ever it was I realized beyond a doubt just how foolish I was when I thought before that I was indestructible.

So the next time you kiss your loved one goodbye for the day, be sure to tell them that you love them, and be sure you mean it. And never, ever leave them angry. Don’t let their last memory of you be of anything other than that of the love you have for them.

And thank ever merciful God for every day you have.

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March 31, 2014 20:24

There is much wisdom in what you say.

I’m glad that you’re okay.

How scary that must’ve been!

Lady H
Lady H
March 31, 2014 20:38

Thank G-d you’re okay too, Crunchie too. Another friend of ours hit a tree last week as well, and by the grace of Him on High, escaped with just one broken neck vertebra and stitches in his head. He was out of the hospital in 2 days, thank you, Lord. So happy to that you’re BOTH alright! And I’m glad… Read more »

LC ShadowFox
LC ShadowFox
March 31, 2014 21:09

Holy crap Brother… He was definitely your copilot that day. We lose enough good ones everyday without you adding to them.

LC Ohio Right Wing Nut
LC Ohio Right Wing Nut
March 31, 2014 21:21

From your friendly neighborhood fireman, thank the Lord, I’ve seen less damage with worse outcomes, Heaven don’t want you and Hell is afraid you’ll take over. Glad you’re ok.

LC Cheapshot911, Dept. of Redneck Tech, Imperial Photographer, K.o.E.
LC Cheapshot911, Dept. of Redneck Tech, Imperial Photographer, K.o.E.
March 31, 2014 21:25

Sage advice. Apparently, your terrestrial mission is not complete, yet. Mrs.C and I are among the very grateful too. So glad you’re ok. We’ll be toasting you and the patron saint of airbags. Regards to the palm tree. Funny how they only have a fraction of an oak’s roots and wood density, but retain all the same stationary inertia. That… Read more »

March 31, 2014 21:51

Glad you’re okay.

To date, I’ve survived fires, floods, the Viet Cong, and outraged fathers. My guardian angel must get hazardous duty pay.

Be sure and thank whoever you think is in charge for letting you walk away from that one.

Emperor Misha I
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Emperor Misha I
March 31, 2014 23:58

By the feathers of Hugin and Munin, Brother, that was a close one! Not quite ready for the next stage yet, and I’m thankful for it. I intend to keep these pictures for the next twit who looks doubtful when I tell him that I love the safety of those cars, describe the velocity and nature of collision and add… Read more »

April 1, 2014 00:27

Glad you made it through ok. None of us know how long we’ll be on this earth so it’s always good advice to live every day like it’s our last.

LC Ogrrre - Imperial Heartless Bastard
LC Ogrrre - Imperial Heartless Bastard
April 1, 2014 06:27

Maybe they should ban palm trees if they’re that dangerous! For your sake, and the sake of your family, I’m glad you are okay. Please don’t make a habit of that.

April 1, 2014 07:14

Glad to know your safe brother. At least Ford still knows how to build a tank for the street unlike those PoS Chevy Caprice’s that they drove in the 80’s.

LibraryGryffon
LibraryGryffon
April 1, 2014 12:13

Indeed, and also thank the Lord for engineers who have the skills to design cars able direct those forces away from the passengers. My sister swears by Subarus. We’re pretty impressed too. We had a ’97 Imprezza Outback that bore the brunt of the neighbor’s 50+ foot willow when Sandy brought it down. A huge dent in the roof and… Read more »

LC R6
LC R6
April 1, 2014 14:05

Glad you’re okay Crunch.

By the way, why were you chasing a palm tree in the first place?

LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.
LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.
April 1, 2014 14:48

Dayum, bro! Good thing your time wan’t up, because that would have taken most. :em01:

LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.
LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.
April 1, 2014 14:50

Wasn’t. Captain Morgan is messing with my proofreading skills. :em08:

LC Aggie Sith, a goddess, only different, G.G.O.R.
LC Aggie Sith, a goddess, only different, G.G.O.R.
April 1, 2014 15:37

Praise be to God that you walked away, Crunchie! Not a year and a half ago I walked away from one, too. And thankful every day for the blessings He bestows on me, no matter what. I send prayers for a quick recovery from the pains and bruises, honey! It isn’t age. It’s the realization that you need to live… Read more »

Terrapod
Terrapod
April 1, 2014 18:39

Crunchie, bless your luck and that of your family. Once the immediate shock and relief passes, take a good and honest close look at what led up to the event and endeavor to NEVER repeat it. God blesses fools most of the time, not always. Having been in 2 scrapes where I was lucky to be alive the risk gene… Read more »

BC, Imperial Torturer
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BC, Imperial Torturer
April 1, 2014 19:56

Must’ve been one of the exotic palm trees that are notorious for darting out in front of cars when they’re startled by loud noises.

Glad you’re OK. At least the crash got you out from in front of that damned mirror and stopped you from staring at your ass long enough to post something.
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Lady M-ITT™-Imperial Sniper G.L.O.R
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Lady M-ITT™-Imperial Sniper G.L.O.R
April 2, 2014 00:16

Glad you walked away from that one Crunch. Now how bout taking it easy for a bit and let your Guardian Angel take a break. :em01:

LC Jackboot IC/A
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LC Jackboot IC/A
April 2, 2014 07:26

Good L-rd Brother!!!!! That was a close one…..By His grace you walked away and fulfilled the first rule of law enforcement ….. Go home at the end of your shift alive. My FTO those many years ago put it another way. “I’m going home to a hot woman and a cold beer”….all the Saints were with you and not the… Read more »

LC Moriarty, Imperial Goatherd
LC Moriarty, Imperial Goatherd
April 2, 2014 09:41

Dang. No one ever gets in a car and thinks, “Today’s the day I’m going to eat this airbag.” Glad you’re (relatively) unscathed. A generation or so ago things might not have been that way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtxd27jlZ_g#t=21 Things like this make you haul back and appreciate the finer things in life: The miracle of a sunrise, the joy of hearing the… Read more »

LC R6
LC R6
April 2, 2014 10:52

Another thing I noticed that contributes to LEO being made fun of. If you guys would stop having pillows installed in your steering wheels so you could take naps on the job you probably would catch less grief.

LC SecondMouse
LC SecondMouse
April 2, 2014 16:56

Ouch. Glad you walked away from that one, Crunchie. Much is owed, as has been said, to the choice of automobile. It is incredible to me that the human body can endure the forces exerted on it when this happens. In this wreck, I would guess you pulled at least 60 g’s, and judging by the relatively short stopping distance,… Read more »

LC Roguetek
LC Roguetek
April 2, 2014 20:32

LC Moriarty, Imperial Goatherd says: Dang. No one ever gets in a car and thinks, “Today’s the day I’m going to eat this airbag.” Glad you’re (relatively) unscathed. A generation or so ago things might not have been that way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtxd27jlZ_g#t=21 Things like this make you haul back and appreciate the finer things in life: The miracle of a sunrise,… Read more »

Delftsman3
Delftsman3
April 2, 2014 21:21

Dang Crunchie ! Really glad that you made through another one again ! As i get up to my 60 (dang only 23 days !) I find that I really didn’t really earn that time and I hope that soon I won’t be so damned stupid any more…after being thrown after 5 times in motorcycles, you’d THINK that I’ve learned,… Read more »

LC hilljohnny
LC hilljohnny
April 3, 2014 23:02

Might should change the title of the post to “Getting OldER” by the grace of God.
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Radical Redneck
Radical Redneck
April 9, 2014 16:28

Yow that’s one scary looking wreck. 😯 Thankfully you didn’t resemble your nic literally! :mrgreen:


Get well soon and Happy Birthday! I got a package here as a belated gift – hopefully it will lift your spirits!

Lizard, G.L.O.R.
Lizard, G.L.O.R.
April 9, 2014 18:19

Crunchie, I forgot we were so close in age(though you are still older). Glad you are alright!! Takes you crashing into a palm tree to get me to log in to post. NOW I hope Mrs. Crunchie gave you a smack to the back of the head for scaring her.