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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Still Alive

Yes, I'm still alive. No, I haven't done a darn thing with the Spitfire. However, I have been keeping up with the more recent TRF sales and have been ordering parts as I find things I need (that's a lot of things...about $600 since my last post).

On a totally separate note from my Triumph, I was taking my 2009 Honda Fit to get new tires. I've been working shift work on the night shift (about 8:30pm until around 7am) for several weeks now so my normal family life has been pretty much crap. However, this Friday I did not intend to go into work, so, after some early morning errands, I wanted to take the wife to get tires (yes, great date, I know) and then an actual lunch date after that before I went to bed to try and maintain my sleep schedule.

As some of you may know, we've gotten a lot of snow up here the last few days. Specifically, around 2 feet of snow fell at my house, with drifts of 4-6 feet...pretty impressive. I don't expect to see my front yard until April. The snow only accentuated the necessity for new tires on the Fit. Around 10am Friday morning, we started our trip to a local tire store. After coming off southbound I-95, exit 74 in CT, we make a big loop to head northbound towards the store. Turns out a state snow plow was taking care of business at the same time. So, at the exact instant that I come out from under the overpass, a LOT of snow/ice falls from the highway, kicked over by the plow. Not sure how much it was, but it totally destroyed my windshield.

This was after the tow home...OUCH!
Thankfully, the mass of snow/ice didn't hit anywhere else and the rest of the car was fine. I was actually calm during the entire event (must have been that Navy training), maintained my speed and was able to pull into the next parking lot (a Mobil gas station) without incident - though I couldn't see). The wife--she hyperventilated for about 5 minutes.

We called the Police (they were AWESOME), a tow truck (cops arranged that for us), my insurance company (USAA, windshield and tow 100% covered), and Safelite AutoGlass who came out today to replace my glass which, thanks to USAA, was replaced without deductible (state law).

While I would NOT recommend this experience to anyone, it was overall a positive one. I wrote the CT State DOT today to let them know that they really messed up my date with the wife, but I don't expect much to come of it since I was not financially impacted. The new windshield looks damn cool, though!


  1. Ex navy guy here who has been following your thread. Glad you're safe! Love USAA too. Set another date up with your wife. Its always good to let them know they are important.

  2. Thanks, John. We had another date this evening (celebrating our 15th anniversary) but that was with the kids, so not really a "date". I will make sure I get a new one set up.