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addendum to my Philly Post (read at your own risk...the F word is in this post!)
I forgot to mention a few notable things from Thursday.

After the funeral and internment, Seth and I went with a few of his Fraternity friends to a diner where they had lunch (and we had sodas, but we'd already eaten sandwiches in the car) so that they could catch up and so that we could let some of the chaos at the house calm down before we got there (it was still a zoo and apparently good that we waited), and it was nice to spend some time with them.

We spent a few hours at the shiva house and decided to leave around 5, check into the hotel, and then go into town for dinner. There's a kosher vegetarian Chinese restuarant in Chinatown that specializes in disguising food as meat when really it's wheat gluten or soy or some such concoction. It was very, very tasty. Jay and Joy had taken Seth there back in October when Seth had been in Philadelphia for a training session, and I'm glad I got to try it out.

When we left, Seth was planning to drop me at the hotel and then head to Joy's for a bit but we got off 95 the wrong direction (one thing I won't miss about Philly is lousy street signs), which was fine because it put us in the direction toward Joy's house, so we just decided to go straight there. However, about halfway there, we were coming up to a red light, so Seth came to a stop most of a car length behind a full sized Dodge Ram Van. And then the idiot put on his reverse lights and started reversing into us for no good reason. Seth blasted his horn the entire time, but couldn't reverse himself because: 1. there really wasn't enough time, 2. he was holding down the brake and afraid to let go, and 3. He was afraid of hitting someone behind us. Plenty of people saw it happen, but no one stopped. The guy got out of his van looked at the touching bumpers and started yelling at Seth for hitting him, claiming that there was no reason he would have backed up (well, duh) in a one-way (there was a median, so there was really nowhere for him to go!). We called the police. Seth stood in front of his van until the police got there so that the guy wouldn't drive away. The guy kept coming VERY close to me and yelling at me and I finally told him to get the fuck away from me and I went into the car and called Jo and Cary to bitch about this moron. Eventually the cop got there. The cop, of course, basically told Seth that he was full of shit and that it didn't make any sense that the van would reverse and that the insurance company would never believe us. I don't care. We wanted a report filed. We wanted it on record that we were disputing it. There's no apparent damage to Seth's car, which is good, but the bumper of the van was bent in, which I'm not entirely sure happened as a result of that accident (his bumper was steel... there was NO apparent damage to our car...I don't see it). Joy actually believes it might have been a scam and that he did it on purpose (maybe a coverup for some damage he did before?

Whatever. It'll probably be a "no-fault" situation and both of our insurance rates will go up and I still don't care because I wanted to make sure it was on record with the other driver's insurance company. Maybe if he gets "rear-ended" enough times, they'll catch on.

The downside was that Seth didn't have his registration card with him, so he almost got a hundred dollar ticket for not having it, but the cop let him off for that, which was the only non-schmuck thing that he did while on the scene. I have half a mind to file a complaint against him for his behaviour. But I probably won't. By the way, I think it's completely assinine that you have to carry a registration card with you. The license plate has current stickers on it, and when the registration expires, so does the license plate, so it ought to be obvious that the car is registered. And if the registration had been suspended, that wouldn't be immediately apparent with a registration card either. So it's stupid. Probably the cop didn't give him a ticket because he ran the plates and the names and addresses matched. Again, whatever. I'm just glad he didn't give us a ticket. Even if he had, it would have been worth it.

We didn't end up going back to Joy's because it was after 9 when we left the scene. We went back to the hotel and Seth called the insurance company while I went to the grocery store for salad stuff and sundry other things. When I got back, we went down to the hotel bar for a stiff drink (okay, I had a girlie drink, but Seth had whiskey). The drinks were incredibly expensive, but the bartender was also incredibly generous, so it was still worth it. (still, I'm glad we only had one round!)

Fortunately, the accident didn't ruin our trip, and will hopefully make for an amusing story...in 10 years or so, but probably not before that!

I should add that caryabend and psujedi probably already have amusing stories from this episode because I called them ranting and raving and dropping the F-bomb more times in one breath than I've probably used in the last 5 years combined. Heh. But at least it was a little cathartic for moi. ;-)

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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 14th, 2004 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I realize that the card has the information about to whom the car is registered. I also realize that the nice policeman has a computer in his car which allowed him to run our plates and determine that it was registered to Seth. Further, I know that even with the card, he would have run the plates.

Most states do have provisions for not always siding with the driver in front...but usually they require witnesses. Sigh. Fortunately, we love our insurance company.
cellio From: cellio Date: March 14th, 2004 03:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that really sucks -- especially that none of the other witnesses stop. I always stop when I witness an accident (fortunately only happened a few times), because an impartial observer is incredibly valuable.

I'd bet on "scam", too, given the damage you reported.

I think they require the registration card because it's easy to steal a license plate. They can look up the registration on a plate, though -- and they probably would even if you presented a card -- so I'm not sure why he made such a fuss. You probably cost him a few keystrokes or something. :-(
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 15th, 2004 07:52 am (UTC) (Link)
You didn't say the same thing until after I told you that Joy said it was probably a scam. But yes, you did eventually say the same thing. ;)

I'm pretty certain that there's no invisible damage to Seth's car. Which is part of why I'm not convinced that we caused that damage to his bumper.

Thanks for listening to me rant Thurs. night. :)
From: bodnej Date: March 15th, 2004 07:48 am (UTC) (Link)

The solution

Always have a video camera with you. And I'm only semi-joking.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 15th, 2004 07:52 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: The solution

yeah. We should put one on the hood of the car.
From: bodnej Date: March 15th, 2004 08:05 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: The solution

Well, cops have cameras in their cars for a reason.

And I'm going to play Mr. Futurist here for a second, but I think that within 5 years, there will be small video cameras that you can clip to your clothes that (1) upload their video to a central repository via high-speed cell networks and (2) start recording when a "panic button" is pressed. The effect on crime in general would be interesting.
cellio From: cellio Date: March 15th, 2004 08:59 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: The solution

What you really want is something that's always recording with a short buffer, and when you hit the panic button things get saved from a minute ago until you say to stop.

Mind, the idea of living in an always-on-the-record world scares the crap out of me. I want to be able to have spontaneous conversations with friends. I always get quiet when I'm at something like a wedding reception and there's some guy going around with a video camera, too.
From: bodnej Date: March 15th, 2004 09:12 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: The solution

Yeah, that would be good variation on the idea. Sort of a TiVo for your life.

The always-on-record world is already here. The UK is covered in security cameras. So is Washington, DC. My thinking is that it's a given that the government is going to be recording as much as it possibly can; why shouldn't everyone else?

And yeah, it creeps me out, too. But the loss of privacy is something that our kids will just accept, because they won't have known a different way. Economic privacy has been gone for years. I mean, Citibank knows more about my buying habits than anyone. Giant knows every food item I've purchased in the last 2 years. Amazon tracks not only what I've purchased, but also what things I look at in its store.

I have a feeling that everyone will just learn to ignore the cameras. But it'll take time to adjust.
caryabend From: caryabend Date: March 15th, 2004 12:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: The solution

I just saw an article about some company (Micro$quish?) that already makes said camera and "video diary" applications. I wish I could remember more details.
From: bodnej Date: March 15th, 2004 12:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: The solution

Really? Wow! Reality usually takes a while to catch up to my ramblings...

Let me know if you can remember where you saw a reference to it.
caryabend From: caryabend Date: March 15th, 2004 01:10 pm (UTC) (Link)


I was an article about this: http://research.microsoft.com/research/hwsystems/

I'll keep looking for the actual article.
From: bodnej Date: March 15th, 2004 01:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Bingo!

Neat toy. Its 2000 images a day, at 30fps, would be something like 66 seconds of video, and they're stored locally. Get that up by a factor of 5 or 10, and transmit the data wirelessly to somewhere secure, and you've got a thing.

It's good to have a job where your goal for each day is "play with Bill Gates' money".

caryabend From: caryabend Date: March 15th, 2004 01:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Bingo!

And there's this thing. It deals with the limited memory issue better. I wonder if you could adapt a wireless transmitter to it. http://www.mydejaview.com/pages/2/
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From: bodnej Date: March 15th, 2004 01:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Bingo!

Yeah, that's a bit closer (and commercial!)

The drawbacks are:

1. No wireless
2. 4 hour battery life.

I wonder if one of those kinetic charge things (like the watches that wind themselves from the motion of your arms or the wind-up radios) could be fitted into something like this camera.
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