I love…

…a blank page.

I really like to flip open my computer, open firefox, type the wordpress address into my address bar, typing in my username and password and getting ready to write something.

Today I have a story: This is a true story. And it actually happened to me.

I was driving home from the campus of Youngstown State University (back when I was a lowly college undergrad) and in front of me was a large blue van. Like one of those conversation vans you see old people driving, that have swivel chairs and tv’s and horns that when you honk them sound like a boat is pulling into your driveway. It was like that, but not fancy. It was a little beat up.

I’m behind her crusin’ along at about 35-40 miles an hour when I see the driver, a woman, wave to somebody out of her driver side window. She then looks to want to turn left, but passes the road she wants to turn onto. It’s like she saw someone she knew in a parking lot, waved and then decided to turn in and see them, but had missed the road. So what does she do?

Of course, she does what every normal driver would do, she continues to the nearest parking lot, side street and/or driveway, pulls in and turns around…..

NO! She doesn’t.

She slams on her breaks. So I stop. Thinking, ok, she needs to take the turn slower, she missed it, she may need to back up a bit to get, so I’ll just wait.

Then I see the little white lights the indicate the vehicle is now in the gear “reverse”. Which of course means, when she hits the gas, she will be going backwards.

She starts inching toward me and she keeps inching towards me, a little faster now…still faster.

I start to see this ginormous blue van begin to fill my windshield and I’m thinking, “she is not going to stop!”

So the firs thing that goes through my mind is to kick my poor little rust colored orange ford ranger into reverse and just back up out of the way…so i check my rearview mirror…all clear.

I try to get it into reverse and it’s just too late this woman is on the gas like she is purposely driving a race car in reverse. I start honking my horn…


She smashes right into the front of my truck. Had no idea I was behind her.

She puts her van in drive, pulls off to the side of the road that she intended to turn on to begin with, I’m assuming. I pull up behind her ready to hear a wave of apologies and “you oks?” I’m very merciful and ready to ask her, “are you ok?”

What do I hear when I get out of my truck?


Me – “Are you ok?”

Her answer was that she had just come from the doctor’s office and was medicated had her pupils dilated.

Um…I don’t know about you, but isn’t there something about operation heavy machinery or vehicle use…

Anyway…this story is just getting good…wait till you hear what happened next…

Which will come later.


About andy

I like to talk, I like to write. I like to share. This blog lets me do those things. It's just my thoughts, things that happen to me. I'm a pastor and the director of a non-profit organization called Refuge Ministries. (By the way, the thoughts shared on this blog are in no way associated with Refuge, they are just mine...so, don't get upset).
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1 Response to I love…

  1. seven says:

    Oh my gosh. Who does that? Can’t wait to hear the rest of the story.

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