Right Place, Wrong Time

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Today I was driving to work and was at the right place at the wrong time.  As soon as I merged onto 580 going west bound I saw a Range Rover make a very hard left to avoid the car in front of him which caused it to flip onto the roof of the car twice.  The most difficult thing to see was I saw the man driving the vehicle get ejected from the car and thrown high up into the air and onto the highway.  Something else I’ll never forget is as the car was flipping a bunch of dust and debris was in the air and all the sudden that dust turned pink.  It was like I was watching a movie right before me but I obviously knew it wasn’t.  Cars immediately stopped just before the location where the SUV came to a stop and we all sat there for a moment not quite sure what to think or do.  It was like time stood still for a moment.  I drove my car onto the shoulder of the highway so I could call 911.

Fortunately 911 picked up within 20 seconds of me dialing which was great.  I was in shock, I know I was because after getting off the phone I realized some of the information I gave to the operator wasn’t as accurate as it should have been.  While I was talking with 911 an African American man started climbing out of the SUV’s sunroof and was very likely in shock because as soon as he made it to the roof he literally rolled off the roof and collapsed onto the highway.  He got up maybe 30-45 seconds after falling to the highway and walked close to the front of my car and collapsed again at the side of the road and sat down.  Everything about the crash was disturbing and I felt so helpless.  I had my son in the back of the car and people were trying to get by the accident so I was also afraid of becoming an accident.  A nurse came to the scene and tended to the African American man and I talked with an officer to help give a report later in the morning.  If anyone has more details on the victims of the crash I’d love to know more.  I pray for their families and themselves and can’t express enough how much I feel for them.  The photos of the car is from a picture a coworker found on Waze and is not something I took.  It does however help show what I saw (to a degree).  Please drive safe everyone and please buckle up.

News Reports

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/I-580-reopens-after-fatal-crash-4483068.php

http://www.contracostatimes.com/livermore/ci_23155869/livermore-fatal-car-wreck-interstate-580

Christina’s “2013” Birthday

With a cake like that you know she loves us.  Dairy, nut, and taste free!  ;)

Mt. Shasta and Black Butte Panorama

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Weed, CA is one of my favorite places in the world.  It has some of the most amazing views.  I stopped for a drink and snack on my way home and tried to capture the mountain beauty.

Run Jeremy, Run!

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My dad had a four way bypass today here in Portland.  After being able to talk to him after the third time seeing him today he had some advice he urgently wanted to share with me.  The first thing he said to me was “Jeremy, RUN!”  What he was referring to was I started to train for a 5k a few months ago that I wasn’t able to participate in because I came down with the flu.  Essentially he was saying “Jeremy, do whatever you can to take care of yourself because you don’t want to be where I am some day”.  Trust me, I want no part of what I saw today.  I played some basketball in school but once I got into the corporate world exercise like a lot of things took a back seat.  Today I got scared straight let me tell you.  I haven’t been able to eat meat for 2 days now.  I’m scared to death of meat in general after seeing what I saw.  My dad had to go through so much over the last few days I am so motivated to get healthy.  If one of your favorite foods is ice cream and hamburgers like mine was, go to a hospital cardiac unit and see how good that hamburger and ice cream sounds after sitting in the lobby.  I’m seriously contemplating going vegetarian, but want to talk to a dietitian as soon as I can to make sure I do things correctly.

My dad is doing well, he had one heck of a day today.  The anxiety of the last 5 days has caused a big strain on all of us, but nothing like it has for my dad.  I could just feel the stress all over my body.  My breathing was different, I got headaches, my back and shoulders were tight.  I seem to carry other people’s stress and I could just feel the stress of the family all over me.  I saw my dad three times today and like most dads, mine is like Superman to me.  I really haven’t ever seen my dad down for very long, ever.  Today he was strong as always and determined as ever but man did it shake me to my core about eating right and taking better care of myself.  If you aren’t taking care of yourself, spend 5 minutes with me and I’ll try my best to convince you to change course.  Run, jog, walk, hike, bike, get active and eat well.

Bay Area to Portland or Bust

I love roadtrips, especially the drive between the Bay Area and Portland. Here are some of the pictures from yesterday while driving. Hey, it kept me awake.