Just when I think I couldn't possibly be more ready to leave Charlotte, this happened on Saturday.
I was backing out of a parking spot after having lunch with a friend and had stopped to pull forward when CRUNCH. Apparently I was in the "blind spot" of a young woman who was driving her mom's SUV. She clearly came out of her parking spot with gusto and speed given the extent of the damage she did. This was not a minor tap, she rammed the hell out of my car. *insert expletives of anger and frustration*
I've tried to be more positive lately now that I have a path out of Charlotte, but this? THIS WAS THE LAST STRAW. I AM SO DONE WITH THIS CITY. Yes, ALL CAPS.
Do you know I have owned my car for over 11 years and have never been in an accident? But 7 days before I am set to drive 1,100+ miles across the country, I get hit by a car. It's the final parting gift from Charlotte. An "actually, you don't like us, but we don't like you either so get the hell out of here" final kick in the gut.
My car is drivable but my main concern is that the trunk might not open and close and CLEARLY I need to use my trunk when I move. You know because a 4-door sedan does not have room in the backseat for 2+ weeks of my possessions + my mom's suitcase. So instead of going to Asheville for one final hike today, I am going to stick around hell, I mean Charlotte, and deal with this.
My second concern is that the cost of the repairs will exceed the value of my car and they will opt to give me the value of my car versus fixing it. I do not want this to happen because unlike the majority of the population, I don't want a new, shiny car. I want my 2003 Accord that is 100% paid for.
I know I am lucky I was not hurt, but dang it, this sucks and I did not NEED another thing to deal with/worry about right now. I just hope and pray that her insurance company accepts liability and that they pay for the damages because my deductible is $1,000 if they don't accept liability. I feel like I am bleeding money right now so don't need another expense. The policeman who filed the accident report said that since I was at a stop when she hit me, it will be clear that she was at fault.
And so the saga of shitty Charlotte experiences continues... More fodder for the memoir about my time in the south that I might just have to write some day.
My departure on Saturday morning just can not come fast enough.