Monday, March 9, 2015

Not Again

What follows is a fragmented post, I wrote it on my phone in various locations and I simply don't have time to go over it, but also don't want to leave it for later when it will almost certainly not get published that way.  I hope it is coherent.

I have had so much going on, so many interesting things to write about, such as the big graffiti event I am helping organize, but I'm afraid this post is going to be something of a repeat. Once again, my car has been involved in an accident, but I think this will be the last time - I don't plan to repair it this time.

The only good thing about what happened, aside from the realization of my halfhearted desire to be rid of my car for good, is the fact that I was in no way at fault for what happened. I was sitting at a stop light and my car was hit from behind by another car. That was also hit from behind. By a truck. It's a good thing that other car was there, or I'm pretty sure there would have been a serious injury or possible fatality, there were two people in the back seat.

I'm writing this on my cell phone, because I'm waiting for a report to be written up about the accident. Presumably this is because it was a complicated accident, involving four cars and various injuries  (I got a split lip and a small bump on the head ) but the delay could also be because it is Sunday, or because I am in Bahia, or because of the insane byzantine bureaucracy that makes anything official absurdly difficult and time consuming. One thing is for sure, this

is the first of many long waits that I have to look forward to until this is resolved.

Between the writing of the beginning and the end of that sentence I moved to the second wait on the list. Now I'm halfway across the city, getting an incident report at the police station near where the accident occurred. In the meantime, I went back to the house and discovered that the documentation for my car was out of date. This will

Now it's the next day and I'm somewhere else entirely. Where was I?

doubtless cost me hundreds of reais, but what can I do?

It's been about 24 hours since the accident and I already miss my car. Public transportation here sucks shit.  Long waits and insane drivers - if you  ride the bus here hold on to something AT ALL TIMES or risk winding up on the floor. Taxis are another option, much more expensive and not necessarily any more pleasant. Yesterday I told a taxi driver to slow down twice, the second time adding that I'd already been in one accident that morning. Didn't make any difference, these guys aren't wired for defensive driving.

Maybe I will look into getting the car fixed. By the three strikes rule it should be out, and if I did get it fixed it would truly be Frankencar, but there's no way I can buy a new car at this point. That darn car has served me well, I've had it for ten years, longer than any other car I've owned. But despite the work I've put into it, it's been getting increasingly creaky and my wife practically refuses to ride in the thing, but then again she's been lobbying for a new car for eight years.

Okay, I'm back to the present.  I'm thinking it's extremely unlikely I will get my car fixed.  Now I'm off to take care of other things.