Bakersfield, CA, Home to Organic Carrots and Nutty Drivers
I'm in Merle Haggard's home town assisting with a family crisis, as my second oldest sister, JoAnn, now finds herself in palliative care due to a recent cancer diagnosis. I arrived late last night and visited her this past afternoon. Tomorrow I drive up to her house in Tehachapi, located up a desert mountain, meeting with a real estate agent, and Katherine, someone from JoAnn's local Catholic Church who has been helping my sister over the past month. It is heartening to see community involvement joining in when a neighbor requires a helping hand. Tehachapi is a small town, perhaps that explaining the kindness and care exhibited.
But one Bakersfield community feature that isn't so nice is the deranged driving style embraced by nearly everyone, a standard 50 MPH speed limit upon ordinary streets encouraging true foolishness, folks more or less "drag racing" from light to light. I've witnessed some dumbbell driving in our USA, especially in Los Angeles and Michigan but these automotive clowns might be the worst, Bakersfield's streets a nonsensical circus. I now gun my VW Jetta rent-a-car off the line when the signal turns green just to avoid being crashed into. The drivers here are truly vicious, out for blood.
I did notice three Bakersfield cabbies sitting at the airport as I drove away. If I had noticed them earlier, I would have stopped by and chatted, curious what it must be like driving cab here, and now that I know, how the driving conditions are. Ya gotta be fast to survive around here!
And know when you buy those "Bunny Luv" organic carrots at your local natural food grocery or organic produce section, know they were grown here in Bakersfield kissed by the desert sun and kept moist by water flowing in irrigation canals. Where nothing should grow, everything does. Ask Bugs Bunny. He'll tell ya all about the California vegetable miracle story, almond trees drinking up all that precious water.
Boy, was I surprised!
Waking up yesterday morning, I got a call from my Progressive claims adjustor telling me I was being held liable for the accident I described last week, when the driver wanted me to die. I was dumbfounded because it defies the known laws of physics, that when I was barely moving and the woman comes flying up beside at me at an angle, on the wrong side of the road, and hits me. "No, no no!" I howled, this is not going to be!
In one sense, I have only myself to blame because it took me two weeks, meaning this morning I finally filled out my online Yellow/PSD accident report. And speaking of howling, I hounded my Key Insurance agents, fully expressing my displeasure with how this was being handled by Progressive. To call me angry and disturbed by my own insurance company essentially telling me I was lying, that I am a liar, that I made up this story, was, and remains beyond belief. Someone at Progressive must have gotten my message because, later today, I received a email requesting that I fill out a diagram of the incident. Now that's it more like it, and how it should be done.
Anyone who knows me knows I'm an honest fellow, and if I had caused the accident, I would have fully admitted it. It is that simple. And when filling out the report, I only then noticed that the other driver's insurance info was expired. Was she driving without insurance? I wonder.
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