Tuesday, July 15, 2008

"In a world of six billion people, it only takes one to change your life"

Saw an accident happen in front of me today involving a semi-truck. I have to give props to the semi driver because he skillfully avoided hitting the 2 cars in the lane next to him on the left, avoided jack-knifing his truck and rolling it. From what I could tell, a car in the slow lane (going fast) cut him off and probably hit the semi or the semi clipped the car when the car cut him off. The semi slammed his brakes and served into the left lane (the lane I was in, behind the 2 cars directly next to him). Amazingly, he didn't hit the cars next to him and they didn't hit him. We were all going around 60 mph or more. It's insane how fast the dialog in your brain happens: "WTF is happening?? Brake! Don't hit the car! Semi, don't roll! OMG, there's gonna be a pile up. Is that car behind me gonna hit me? Can i move into the left lane? Move into the left lane!" And all this dialog is happening in the other 10 cars around me, too. Thankfully, both the semi and the car drove to the shoulder and no one visibly looked injured. Crazily, as everyone passed the incident, they all zoomed off, seemingly unfazed. Me? I moved over to the slow lane and counted my blessings.

On another note, I watch the movie "The Visitor". Possibly the best movie I've seen this year. Coincidentally, hit on topics of:
-Listening to music you don't understand
-Noticing the workings of power and privilege in your culture
-Learning people's history
-Assuming that many others share your dreams
-Know that no one is silent though many are not heard
-Watch films with subtitles
although this film didn't have subtitles, I believe that it's in the style that would help global awareness.

Here's a trailer (there's one in the link above, too. It's the same.):

See if it you can.


Anonymous said...

holy canolli! that is very scary. thank goodness it didn't turn into something worse, and thank goodness you weren't hit, whew! i hear ya re: the brain dialogue, wish my foot would have listened to my brain when it was telling it to turn into the skid, instead my darn foot slammed on the brake & well ... (whistling innocently). the hubster thinks we should have to learn to drive in different conditions like on wet streets to learn how to handle skids and such. in fact when its the kids time to learn to drive, J wants to send him to like a 'real' driving school, (like w/ tracks & stuff)could't hurt, that's for sure!

Anonymous said...

(oops, please excuse the typos)

susan d said...

I am going to try The Visitor. Looks good!

Anonymous said...

Oh Madi, I am so glad you were ok. How scary. I watched the video and this movie looks amazing. You are so right when you say it takes "only one person".