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Life Can Be Strange–A Little Humor Helps!

Updated on October 17, 2016
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Robertatalloni means creativity. Whether in writing or in more typical art forms artistry (and a bit of fun) must be part of the work.

Strangely, I was left standing in the middle of the road.
Strangely, I was left standing in the middle of the road. | Source

Humor and Laughter are Good for Us, Right?


Due to life being what it sometimes is, a while back I needed to find something to laugh about. There was not a lot going on with humor in it, meaning I needed a good laugh even more than usual.

Reading a few hubs about funny real-life incidents made me think back to some experiences I’ve had that turned out to be odd but also comical. Being able to laugh at the circumstances we sometimes find ourselves in, especially when traveling, really is good medicine.

Good medicine, that is, when you get over being sick of traveling...

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Stranger than Fiction Events are Humorous in Retrospect, but Sometimes it's Much Later Before We can Laugh!


Once upon a time I needed to travel halfway across the world and at the same time be at home. I should have expected trouble. The entire episode is still hard to believe.

This trip ended with my husband driving to Atlanta to pick me up since the Asheville leg of my trip was postponed by the airline until the next morning. I saw this coming when the pilot announced we had to remain seated because he was moving the huge jet to a different dock.

When we were finally docked there was no reason not to let passengers in a hurry get off first. Tired, yes, but most of all I was hungry. It had been a long flight and it would be really late to try to get something on the way home.

How bad could the chain restaurants in the airport be? Settling on something fairly familiar, I chose a meal. Moving to a quieter area to use my computer after eating, I spent the rest of my time there typing and checking email.

Taking breaks to people watch, I waited on my husband to let me know he was at the Atlanta airport. All those people eating, and getting on planes for long flights…little did they know...

Infamous Route

Getting Home


My husband arrived with news. A coyote had run out in front of him in the dark on I-85. This was not a good start to the drive home. It was a few hours after I had eaten in the airport and I really began to feel like I was coming down with a little something.

By the time we were on the outskirts of Atlanta I knew I had picked up one bad-boy case of food poisoning. I do not recommend doing what I did, but I said, “Take me home.” We should have found a hospital.

It was a horrendous trip, the details of which you will be pardoned from here. I’m still glad it was dark and that other drivers could only try to figure out what on earth was going on.

Home finally, and straight to the shower, I nearly killed myself--sick, passing out, and trying to clean up. This was serious stuff. The worst passed and my life was spared.

I was able to rest and try to recuperate the next day. This was important because I needed to pick my father up and take him to a doctor’s appointment in the city the day after that.

I was not up to driving, but he needed to see his oncologist, so off I drove, trying hard to pay close attention. That effort was, however, to no avail.

Four lanes of busy traffic and I was traveling in the center lane. Somehow, when traffic stopped ahead of me, I didn’t stop in time. The crunch stopped me, you can bet, and I knew I was in for trouble.

Thoughts can run wild in a situation like that. When a policeman came he would surely arrest me for being under the influence for I looked like I had been on a binge. My father was surely going to open his door in spite of the fact that I told him not to because of traffic.

We were going to be so late we would not see the doc. The people in the car I hit were going to be so mad they would come unglued--smaller than my Land Cruiser it was a BMW SUV and they would not be happy campers.

Oh no, no, no! It couldn't be! There were two children traveling in that vehicle! I nearly had a heart attack. I did cry.


Life really can be stranger than fiction.
Life really can be stranger than fiction. | Source

A Merciful Miracle in the Middle of a Strangely Humorous Event


An ambulance the size of a bus coming toward us in the opposite inside lane saw what happened so it pulled to a stop right beside us. I was safe to step out and check on those children!

The ambulance driver eyed me curiously, but c'est la vie, I’ve looked worse. I spoke to him and turned to the BMW to see those children walking around on the seats, front to back to front--no, wait!

It was women--women my age! I was asking through the glass if they were okay. They looked justifiably angry and confused. On top of that, I’m a tall American who can only sit in my vehicle so I was stunned to see the tiny oriental ladies walking around inside their SUV and I'm sure it showed on my face.

The two climbed out into the street with me as I continued to ask if they were okay. I wanted to pat them on the head, but thankfully thought better of it. The ambulance driver was making a call for police to come and I was glad, but at the same time disgusted over having to tell my husband what I’d done.

24 Second Laugh at this Car Lot Lesson:

The ladies talked to each other as they looked their bumper over. Each of us had very minimal damage because both are solid vehicles. Then they heard the ambulance driver say the police are on their way.

Four eyes grew very wide. They started speaking so fast that I couldn't understand them. I was getting a little dizzy. I couldn’t understand them at all--I knew I wasn't hearing right.

“We okay, we okay.” “No police, no police.” “No, no; no police.”

I was finally able to tell them that the ambulance driver had already called the police and that they were on their way. The ladies looked at me like I was from another country for they had heard what he said. Then they begin again.

“We okay, we okay.” “No police.” “We go now.” “No police.” “We go now.”

And they did. They just got in their SUV and drove away.

I turned to the ambulance driver. He looked at me as blankly as I looked at him. I glanced at his EMT partner and she turned to look out her passenger window. She was not laughing. I think I heard her say that what she had just seen had not really happened.

I swallowed hard and tried to speak, but could only stand there blinking as the traffic drove around us. My hands went upward trying to talk for me. I didn’t know what to think or do.

The driver said that he guessed he could call the police back and tell them there was no incident after all. It wasn’t a question. He clicked his phone and said, “No incident after all,” then he drove off.

There I stood, puzzling as my father looked out the windshield and traffic whizzed around me, “No incident? No incident?”

On the Road Again--Laughing in Hindsight!
On the Road Again--Laughing in Hindsight! | Source

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I couldn’t very well stand there in the traffic alone. I shook my head trying to figure out what had happened and realized that my only choice was to get in my Toyota and drive to the doctor’s office.

Maybe I was hoping they might give me something strong...

It’s good to be able to look back and laugh now, but I’m still amazed at the way all that happened. Am I thankful? Certainly. No one was hurt. We made the appointment. I wasn't ticketed, and more.

Can I explain any of it? No. I lived to laugh and write about it, and that’s the truth of how life can be stranger than fiction, especially when travel is involved.


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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      DzyMsLizzy:

      Ahhh…"strange non-incident" is so apropos! In retrospect I've wondered about those women myself…

      So appreciate that you stopped in with your comment. Thanks, and I agree, here's to never, ever having to endure it again!

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Ohmigosh! What a strange non-incident! LOL I wonder what they were up to, or what rap sheets they may have had, either personally, or in their families, to elicit such a reaction.

      I'm glad to hear you recovered well from the food poisoning. I've been there, once, and that was one time too many. Never again will be too soon.

      Voted up, interesting and funny.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      techygran:

      Thanks kindly for your feedback on this slice-of-life post. I'm glad I wrote it all down because it was unbelievable and I would probably look back one day questioning whether I remember it the way it happened!

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      Cynthia 3 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      This was very interesting-- you're a good raconteur, and not a bad storyteller either lol. I love all the details you injected into the story so that the reader was right there just before the accident, during the discovery of the 'little people' actually being adult women, and during the time when they left. I have to admit that I am reluctant to travel when feeling under the weather just because of the scenario that you just described. (I also think of a trailer of a movie with Sandra Bullock stuck in a gridlock and having to go to the toilet so badly that she went hunting until she found someone in a camper who let her use their facilities). In any case, I am pleased that it turned out for you as it did, and that you are here to relate it to us!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      vocalcoach:

      Thanks for dropping back by. Sometimes I can hardly believe it all happened, especially in such a short period of time, but it did!

      I can assure you that eating out is something I give some thought to before giving it a go and I avoid I-85 when possible!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      pstraubie48:

      Oooh. I am so sorry you had to deal with food poisoning. Ooooh.

      Thanks much for coming by and leaving your comment re these stranger than fiction events.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Back again! Enjoyed your hub so much last time - when I saw it going around again I had to re-read it. You Poor, poor thing! I've had food poisoning before and prayed to die. How awful.

      If I were in your shoes during the accident I would have patted the tiny ones on the head. :)

      You lucked out with that one. Now, promise me something before I go. No eating out, only fresh food - and stay off Hwy I-85. Up and more dearie.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      RTalloni....first, I had a most terrible case of food poisoning recently...o, my...so I totally understand why you omitted part of that story. The incident with the child size ladies was quite an interesting and eventful trip for sure.

      Truth really is stranger than fiction often. Thanks for sharing this with us.

      Sending you Angels this afternoon :) ps

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      iamaudraleigh:

      Thank you for stopping by and adding your comments to the dialogue on the strangeness of life! Old sayings like "We may as well laugh as cry" are sometimes just true!

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      RTalloni, It is nice to see optimism when you went through such an ordeal. Thank you for telling your story :)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      vocalcoach:

      These strange things do tend to happen in groups--so glad this broadened your bright smile! :)

      Thank you for letting me know that it brought some humor to your day!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      This is just great! We need that sense of humor to survive this life :-) I often just stop everything and start laughing at the impossible situation. These things tend to happen in groups don't they? One thing after another. Thanks soooo much! Voted up!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      SanneL:

      Sometimes part of survival is knowing that if you live through an upside down day you might be able to laugh at it, but as you say, no way can you laugh in the middle of it! The old saying, "you may as well laugh as cry" is sometimes true!

      Appreciate that you came by to read about these stranger than fiction events. :)

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      What a horrible story! I've had days like that when one bad thing after another happens. I always try to see the humor in it, even if I just want to cry. However, food poisoning is no laughing matter! There is no way in the world you can see the humor, when you're hit with food poisoning. I know!! I'm glad it worked out in the end. Thanks for sharing!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      bizzymom:

      Those couple of days seem unreal now! Being able to shake my head in disbelief is something I am thankful for still.

      So appreciate your stopping in with your comments!

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      bizzymom 5 years ago from New York

      Very interesting story. You certainly had a rough couple of days. I'm glad there wasn't much damage to the cars and that everyone was uninjured. The ladies were probably "illegal". Lucky for you that you didn't have to deal with police and insurance. I believe in most difficult situations something funny will happen that helps put it all into perspective. Thanks for sharing.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Eiddwen:

      Glad you enjoyed reading about these extraordinary events--life can be inexplicable at times!

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      A great hub and thank you for sharing this gem.

      Here's to many more hubs to share on here.

      Take care and have a great day.

      Eiddwen.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      It was an unbelievable few days, for sure, but it's always interesting to step back and look at such situations objectively, as an onlooker, and it's always good to try to laugh at what we can about them. Being able to laugh at oneself is, indeed, VERY important! :)

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      AllSuretyBonds 6 years ago

      That is a very interesting story. Food poisoning is the worst. I can only imagine how you felt when all that was going on and you were sick and then all of a sudden it was like it never happened. I do think the key to life is being able to laugh at yourself.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      frogyfish:

      'Tis a true statement!

      Thanks kindly for your visit and input.

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      frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

      Truth can be stranger than fiction...and reasons why may never be deciphered!

      Interesting story...and really surprising videos! Cute!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      I guess the term funny is both ambiguous and relative... 8>]

      There are any number of reasons the other party didn't want the police, but there was nothing I could do about it. I was being swept through those events faster than I could I could keep up with them, thankful I could pray for help along the way. Although it all seems impossibly bizarre from this side of the events, I do have to laugh in amazement when I look back on it.

      Sounds like you picked up your food poisoning from something other than the food you shared with your friend, perhaps even off something you touched and then somehow ingested, even from a mint or stick of gum. All I know for sure is that it is bad boy stuff.

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      novascotiamiss 6 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      I thoroughly enjoyed your story, although I didn't find it at all funny. My explanation for your happy ending: The oriental ladies were probably in the country illegally and that's why they didn't want to involve the police. I once had a similarly bad experience with salmonella poisoning: On my route from South Africa to Switzerland I visited a friend in London. We went to a Chinese restaurant and both ate from the same dish. I came down with the worst salmonella outbreak ever, while she didn't even get slightly sick. I had previously been treated with cortison for a cold, so that my nose would clear up for flying. My friend had bought some excessively expensive concert tickets for a show and I only survived it after I had swallowed a whole pack of immodium tablets against my running gut. The next day I had to go to the airport in order to catch my flight to Switzerland. It was just before christmas and there were 1 billion people in front of the check-in. I queued sitting on the ground, there was no way I could stand. I finally found a free seat in the terminal's washroom and gladly locked myself in, only to be dragged out 1 minute later. The fire alarm had gone off and everybody was evacuated to another terminal, I thought I was going to die. I barely survived the 1 1/2 hour flight and the train trip home. Moments like these are terrible and I hope you survived your food poisoning without any further complications. You're right, it's good if you can laugh about it later, I did as well.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Dream On:

      If the exact situation had been reversed, there might have been no damage considering the vehicles we were both driving. As it was, no insurance paid for the damage that was done to our Land Cruiser. Even so, I'm still glad I can laugh at how bizarre it all was--a sense of humor does help!

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      DREAM ON 6 years ago

      What would of happened if they hit you?Then you would of had to get your car fixed and maybe nobody insured to cover it.Just a little spice to add to your life.Have a safe day and food poisioning is scarey stuff I am glad everyone is well.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Cloverleaf:

      Sometimes, all we can say is, "That's life in this fallen world!" (And be thankful that we can look to the Lord for help.)

      Appreciate you visit very much!

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      Cloverleaf 6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi RTalloni

      What a crazy turn of events! Sometimes things just seem to spiral out of control, one thing after another. I'm glad everything worked out in the end and that you were able to share your story with us.

      Voted up,

      Cloverleaf.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      tirelesstraveler

      It certainly make life better! :)

      Glad you enjoyed the video--I should name it, "Problem Solving 101."

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      ktrapp:

      That's surely true..."or else," indeed.

      So glad you enjoyed reading this!

      Mercifully, most days are not like that. :)

      Thanks much for stopping by and joining this conversation.

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      Judy Specht 6 years ago from California

      Humor is the key to life. Loved the video.

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      Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

      I often find myself needing to laugh or else I'll cry. Thanks for making me laugh today and I only hope that you don't have more days like that!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      nightbear:

      So glad you enjoyed that video! Finding something to laugh about is important. :)

      Thanks bunches for coming by!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      anginwu:

      Thanks much!

      Sometimes we both laugh and cry at the unbelievable things that can happen!

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      Susan Kaul 6 years ago from Michiagn, USA

      Nice that you found something to laugh about. The french parking video is hysterical. I loved it and you made me laugh today. thank you.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Twilight Lawns:

      This hub doesn't say these people were illegals. I have no idea, although that's one possibility. I don't know if they had insurance or not--it didn't matter for I hit them.

      I thought it was mandatory to report it in my area, as well, and the ambulance driver did do so right away, but when the ladies drove off, and then the ambulance driver drove off, I looked around and realized I was alone in the traffic! Crazy!

      Very funny--a belly laugh at the time would not have been amusing for anyone involved. No laughing until all of it was all past tense! :)

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Movie Master:

      Yeah--a dream, well maybe nightmare is more like it, but it wasn't!

      I'm still thankful I can look back and see how badly things could have gone and be thankful that I can now laugh with relief, if nothing else!

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      Days when things seem to conspire against us. Glad you were ok and things worked out. It's always a good thing when we can laugh, when we actually want to cry.

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      Twilight Lawns 6 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Illegals? Possibly. Uninsured? Well probably, if they were illegal. You are lucky that the ambulance driver didn't report the incident. It is mandatory in the UK.

      At least you can laugh... but I don't think it was a belly laugh (or was that the food poisoning?)

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      homesteadbound:

      As they say, we may as well laugh as cry over some things. I guess part of the laughter is that it's so unbelievable that I came away from it all relatively unscathed!

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi R.Talloni, what bizarre events almost like a strange dream!

      The food poisoning sounded horrific and thank goodnes you weren't hurt in the accident, sounds as though they weren't insured!

      Many thanks for sharing your story and voting up!

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      Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

      What a story! I've had days like that, and it is good to be able to laugh about them later. Very nicely written.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      KathyH:

      Thanks much. I do hope that you never, ever have food poisoning!

      Those several days were definitely quite the experience. I'm so thankful that my daily help from the Lord is no mere Maginot Line, but that He is all that He says He is for we live in a world that can throw anything at us at any time! (Not forever, though!)

      I appreciate that you came by and shared your input! :)

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      JamaGenee:

      There were too many possibilities for me to wrap my poor brain around! I did think of getting the license number when it was too late, but the bizarre incident was insanely chaotic and it happened very quickly, then it was over!

      Your incident was one of those true accidents. I don't want to think what would have happened if the police had come--I would be much poorer now--but I sometimes wonder how he would have responded to the other party(ies).

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Quill Again:

      Thanks much for stopping by for a read--glad it made you smile!

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      KathyH 6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      So GLAD you were not hurt! Wow, sounds like food poisoning is nothing to mess around with either! Fortunately knock on wood (knocking on my head)...I've never had that experience. So glad it turned out ok in the end.. but what an experience!

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      Joanna McKenna 6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      How funny! Yes, the other car probably wasn't insured. Another possibility is the tiny ladies inside were illegals. In any case, I would've noted the license number just in case my own car suffered damage not visible to the naked eye (as happened once), or I or a passenger suffered whiplash, which sometimes isn't apparent until hours after the accident.

      That "invisible" damage I mention above was the result of a car (owned by a co-worker, no less!) rolling into mine in the office parking lot. She had pulled into a spot that was slightly downhill and almost nose-to-nose with mine. Her car slipped out of gear, rolled a few inches against the bumper of the car next to mine, which kept it from rolling any further until that car left. When we came out at the end of the day, her car had continued it to roll forward with enough force to shove mine back several feet.

      The cop who showed up to take the report didn't know *what* to put in it. One parked, unoccupied car had hit another parked, unoccupied on private property. Several radio calls between him and HQ later, he advised us there was no "accident" per se, that we'd have to work out damage claim ourselves.

      As it turned out, her much larger car had jarred something loose in the steering mechanism of mine that cost almost $500 to fix. Which happened to be the deductible on her insurance, so she paid the repair bill herself. But we laughed for months over the cop's expression and confusion over our "non-accident"! ;D

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Dolores Monet:

      No incident, indeed! :)

      Primarily, thankfulness for the Lord's help as I go through life in this fallen world is my feeling--including thankfulness to be able to look back at those bizarre events and laugh.

      I don't know what was going on, but whatever it was, it wasn't legal. All I know is that I tried to do what was right about my part in it. I couldn't just stand in the traffic by myself, though!

      Thanks much for your visit!

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      "Quill Again" 6 years ago

      Morning RTalloni... smiles to the story... life can treat you strange sometime... interesting experience you had there and pleased all were unhurt...

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      No incident? That is funny. Your story is actually horrible and you have my sympathy. But to earn a laugh in the end was good. Sounds like someone was driving without insurance.