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Sounds like a Big Fish Story – but it’s true!

I must share with you the craziness that was yesterday. Since my husband met me, he has told me that he loved the adventure of everyday with us. He had read some of our adventures right here on this blog and had heard even more stories that the kids and I shared with him verbally.

So many oddities and yet, they were all very real and true. Our lives were a bit hard to believe until he joined us and has been able to experience some of his own crazy adventures daily ūüėČ

Yesterday was such a strange day, I just have to tell you about it. I normally only share my personal adventures, but this one …is just really weird.

He travels a lot. His mother and other family live in Indiana and we live here in good ole’ Tennessee. While in transit yesterday from Tennessee to Indiana, I gave him a quick call just to say “I love you” and ask how he was doing. While we are on the line with one another, I hear his voice trail off as he begins to scream “OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD!!!”

He had dropped the phone (thus his voice sounding distant yet still very loud on the line).¬† I tried to get his attention, “Honey? Sweetie? Are you there?¬† Can you hear me?”.¬† Finally he picks the phone up and says, “Chrissy!!! Something just hit me! It came out of the sky. What was that?”. His voice is calm, yet excited. He sounds shaken, yet composed. I am not sure how else to describe it.

“Are you okay? What happened?” I ask. My heart is racing and I am imagining all types of things like Superman landing on earth…on the hood of his truck.

“It came from the sky Chrissy! Do you understand? It hit me. There is glass inside the truck. The dash is busted. My GPS is hanging from the cord. There’s a HUGE gash in the hood of the truck. I think it hit more than just me. There’s another car that pulled off the road and at least another one that just…kept driving.” His voice is anxious.

I wanted to comfort him…but I didn’t know what to say. So, I switched into emergency mode. “Praise God you are alright!!! Hang tight honey. I need to ask you some questions, so don’t get frustrated with me. I’ll call the insurance company immediately after you answer, okay?”

“Yeah” he replied.

“Where are you?” I asked.

He replied, “Just past Corbin.”

“Oh…you’re in Kentucky. Okay. Mile marker?”

“I don’t know. I haven’t seen one.” He answered.

“Stay where you are, if you can, okay? I’ll get you a tow truck and call you right back.” And with that, we disconnected. I called our insurance company (which by the way is TOTALLY awesome) and they did a 3-way call to connect my husband. The lady from the insurance company pinned down the location as close as she could and sent a tow truck out, scheduled the adjuster to come view the truck damage in KY, and set up the rental car company reservation so he could continue his trip. (Major shout out to Geico here!)

During one of the transfers from roadside assistance to the claims area, I was lost from the 3-way call. I paced the floors, talked to the kids, wrung my hands, pulled up his location on Google Maps and worried myself silly until the insurance company called me again.

After speaking with the insurance company again, I called my husband back. I let him talk, vent and say anything on his mind so he could release some of that understandable anxiety I’m sure he had. He recounted the occurrence for me again and again…”it fell from the sky!”

One of the emergency highway people stopped in to check on him and showed him a huge piece of…metal?…iron?…or whatever it was to him. They said they had just retrieved it out of the highway to prevent other motorist from having an accident. (He took a picture of it, but he hasn’t sent the picture to me yet so I can see.) He asked the people if he could keep it and they declined stating that their boss might need it for something.

The other vehicle that also pulled off the side of the road had a blown tire. They spoke with my husband as well. Everyone checked on everyone else to ensure everyone was okay and then the other motorist left.

Is this crazy or what?

So, the object that hit the truck took a gouge out of the hood in 2 places,  then it flipped up onto the windshield and made 3 huge splatters in the glass busting the entire windshield, last it flipped over the cab and took a chunk out of the snug cover on the back of the truck. As it rolled off the truck, it struck the car driving behind him and blew out their tire. Last it must have bounced off of 1 or 2 other cars that just kept on driving.

It fell from the sky. No dump trucks on the highway. No trucks hauling anything. No overpass nearby. No bridges to drive under. It fell from the sky!

Here it is. The strange object from the sky…

It fell from the Sky in Kentucky!

It fell from the Sky in Kentucky!

Later in the evening, I shared the day’s events with my father over the phone. He asked if there was an airport near that portion of I75N. I couldn’t locate one on the map, so I don’t know. What if it came off an airplane? What if it fell from space? What if, what if, what if?

I’m just thankful that I still have my husband, he’s alive, and he’s safe & healthy.

What an adventure!!!!!!!!

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Yesterday’s Adventure – Beware

Yesterday’s Adventure – Beware

Yesterday,  I was reminded of an OSHA saying:

Is better to lose one minute in life… than to lose life in a minute.

I can be pretty naive at times I suppose. Part of that can be attributed to my belief that there is good in every person somewhere. But, where good is, evil is also present.

I found a couple of parks that I had never been to before and decided on¬†a destination for the day. The park I chose was¬†highly recommended by hikers¬†on several websites. Mountain bikers gave high marks and praised the upkeep, cleanliness, and safety. Fishermen posted on¬†wildlife sites about the beauty¬†& bounty of fish¬†at the park online as well. The park was listed on several family recreation recommendation sites also. I just had to go see this hidden local gem ūüôā

I have been all over my town, city, county and several others by myself exploring. I never gave the safety of this particular park a second thought, especially after so many high regards listed on public sites by so many people!

Following GPS, I located the park. I parked & noticed how many cars were present. There were many. I left my car, locked it¬†& went to a beautiful fishing dock ūüôā The water was low, but it was lovely ūüôā The surrounding trees, shrubs, and spring flowers were beginning to¬†emerge.¬†Life around¬†the dock¬†was thriving. It was absolutely beautiful!

As I walked along the first & only part of a trail I got to see, I soon realized I was surrounded by 5 men. They were coming toward me from all angles. They spoke one at a time to perhaps make me nervous. Nervous people do stupid things. I heard several of them all at once in my mind though as I quickly evaluated my predicament.

Hey Baby.

Take some good pictures?

Whatcha got there?

One whistled a cat call.

Where are you going sweet thang?

Come here, we just want to talk.

One unbuttoned his pants. I had a knife clipped to my¬†blue jeans (as I usually do) but¬†it was dull ūüė¶¬† (I can’t find my good knife that has made so many hikes with me.)¬†I hadn’t planned on taking a¬†long hike so I didn’t bring my regular gear with me.

I quickly evaluated my surroundings:

  • I was surrounded by 5¬†angles.
  • Wooded area.
  • No large rocks, branches, random wrought iron, wire on the¬†ground, or strong vines¬†to use for defense. There was nothing to use as an element of surprise.
  • No one else around. I realized how stupid I had been.

I have 12 phone numbers listed on speed dial. After the 5th one, I reached a friend. I began the most random conversation I have ever had (and that’s saying a lot for me).

OH Hey Sweetie!!¬†You are? I just found the coolest park. Yeah, it’s off XXX highway. Really? you’re coming this way anyway? Great!! I can’t wait to see you sweetie!! You’re just 2-3 minutes away, really? Oh man, I would LOVE to show it to you! I love you!

Please bear in¬†mind that my friend could not hear me well. Signal was not strong and he could only understand a few words that I was saying. Thank God he didn’t hang up on me!!

Fishing?¬†YES, there’s a¬†dock here and we can fish¬†sometime. Oh, did I tell you that I heard back from the¬†doctor?¬†I HAVE CRABS.¬†So, you’ll be here in a few¬†seconds? Great!!

While on the line with him, I had¬†twisted off the trail, into the thicket and toward the lake. Two men didn’t follow. One man behind me from another direction¬†proclaimed,

She crazy! She going into that snake water. Forget that man.

With only two¬†men left following me, I swiftly waded through the water with the phone plastered to my face.¬†I’d rather take a snake bite than face what they may have done to me! I dared not to repeat myself and give away ¬†the fact that my reception was not the best. I kept saying to my friend at different times in different ways,

Stay with me. Stay with me.

When I reached my escape trail, I glanced behind me. I had lost the other two men back on the other side of the lake. Their fear of the snakes was enough to deter them. I got in my car and sped out of there! I took a valuable lesson with me: Is better to lose one minute in life‚Ķ than to lose life in a minute.¬† Thank you OSHA ūüôā

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