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Unread 04-25-2010, 12:40 PM   #16
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So you let your daughter, who only has her permit, text while driving a stick shift vehicle?
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Thanks Burnerman, you beat me to it. (cheers!)

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Unread 04-26-2010, 10:58 AM   #17
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For the record about everyone in the studio I am in right now is staring at me awkwardly because I'm cracking up so much between the buzzard, the spider, and other remarks (such as its butt through its mind)....

Glad to hear all is well though! Like you said, that could have ended a lot worse.
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Unread 04-26-2010, 02:11 PM   #18
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that spider pic is hilarious! haha

glad you guys are ok, and that the jeep will be ok too.
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Unread 04-26-2010, 02:20 PM   #19
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Dang, the first really nice weekend of the year, all set to go play with the new ARB in my rear diff, and the SHTF. Or rather, the buzzard hit the windshield.

Coming home last night with my daughter up the road to our house, sweeping curve to the left. See a dead deer (that wasn't there in the morning) on the left side of the road with three buzzards feasting at the roadside cafe. They take off, all looks good, when one of them decides to become a kamikaze. It's over thirty feet in the air, safe and sound, then turns on a dime and dive-bombs straight into my windshield. No time to react, other than to try and slow down a bit. For the record, hitting a buzzard dead-on with your windshield at 45 mph is a real attention getter.

Scared the heck out of my daughter, who was texting on her phone and didn't see it coming. Little bits of glass blew all over me and my side of the jeep, good thing I had my sunglasses on. I'm just glad it didn't hit her side of the glass, or come completely through the windshield. This could have ended up so much worse. This is also a good lesson for my daughter, who will be getting her driver's license this year: Things can happen real fast when you are driving a vehicle, and it's not always *you* who causes an accident. Swerving to miss the bird could have put us into some trees and become a major injury accident instead of simply just some glass.

Stupid bird. Grrrr.....

Got an appointment to have a new windshield put in Monday morning. On the bright side, at least now I'll be able to drive into the sun for the first time without the haze of an old pitted windshield.

Let's see if these cell phone pics come out.
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Unread 04-27-2010, 06:50 AM   #20
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Update...

Had the new windshield installed yesterday. Forgot what it is like to look through some new glass. Huge difference. Even the wife thought there was a difference: "Did you put bigger wipers on? They look bigger than before-- or maybe we can just see them for a change. "

Gunna rain today. At least that had perfect timing. Driving to the glass shop with that busted windshield in the rain would have been too dangerous, I doubt I could have seen enough to make it without jeopardizing others on the road. Then again, I could have just folded down the windshield and toughed it out. No worse than a motorcycle, eh?

Glad you all enjoyed the spider pic. Sometimes things just look "right".
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Unread 04-27-2010, 10:20 AM   #21
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LOL This was to funny. And here in the midwest the Turkey's are not any brighter. 5 years ago my father had the same thing happen. He said he was just crusin' home one day ( he lives in the country back woods ) listen to the radio and out of know where a huge smack to the windsheild, he hammered the brake's, see's blood and feather's and a small hole in the windshield. He said first thing he did was pull over hop out an pee. Scared the piss out of him. He said it had to have dive-bombed him cause he never seen it coming. It dented the top of his car at the windshield frame slightly. Never knew a buzzard would do the same. Glad everyone was ok.
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Unread 04-27-2010, 02:17 PM   #22
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I can't believe how expensive it is for a windshield in a Jeep... it's just a flat piece of glass, but it was cheaper for my dad to get a windshield for his Suburban than it was for my Jeep.
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