Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Traffic Accident!
I had a traffic accident! Wow! It was my fault. At about 7AM, I was driving to the beach. Ahead I saw an intersection that appeared to be too small for MsTioga. I did NOT turn on my backup camera, and went to back up. Bad mistake!

MsTioga's rear struck the front of a Ford Explorer.

The Transito [Traffic Police], had me follow them to the impound yard where MsTioga must remain until the traffic accident is settled. I must also pay for my infraction of the law that occurred when I backed into this vehicle.

I am at an impound yard right now. Juan Nogueda is the driver of the Ford Explorer, and he is here too. We are waiting for the agent from the insurance company to arrive here.

8AM - The insurance company.
Genworth Seguros is the name of my Mexican insurance company. On the face of my policy is the phone number to call in case of accident. I spoke with Luis, an agent who understood English. He gave me a claim number. He also assured me that an adjuster who is located in the City of Zihuatanejo would meet me in about 30 minutes.

9AM - The insurance adjuster.
Abel Romero is the insurance adjuster. He spoke no English, but we were able to communicate fine in Spanish. Abel prepared the paperwork for the claim and confirmed that Genworth Seguros would pay for all the repairs required for Juan's Ford Explorer.

10:30AM - Breakfast with Juan.
After all of the insurance stuff, I suggested to Juan that we both go to a restaurant, have breakfast and talk about things. I asked Juan several times to let me take his picture for my memories. However, Juan refused. I believe that Juan is shy of having his photo taken.

Juan told me that he began to dive for fish when he was 8 years old, and has been earning his living diving for fish for 26 years. Juan owns his own fishing boat and equipment. He has two children 10 and 8 years old. Juan was bringing his kids to school when the accident happened.

Juan was not able to work today, because of the accident. I told him during breakfast, that I am responsible for his not earning money today. He told me not to worry about that. However, I insisted that I wanted to pay him for the money that he did not earn today. We agreed on $1000 pesos [$100US] for today's lost wages.

12 Noon - Paying the fine.
Striking another vehicle here in Mexico is an infraction. An infraction requires a fine, and my fine is $500 pesos [$50US]. Juan and I drove to the office of La Transito [Traffic Police]. I paid my fine and received a release for Señorita Tioga.

1PM - La Carrociria.
A carrociria is a body shop. Genworth Seguros [my insurance company] uses a particular carroceria here in the City of Zihuatanejo. Juan and I drove over to that carroceria.

One of the owners of the body shop is a friend of Juan's. This friend suggested to Juan that if they could repair a little of the damage today, that the hood of the car could be opened in case maintenance had to be done to the engine [ie; adding water to radiator or oil to the engine].

I agreed to pay $50US out of pocket to have this work done this afternoon.

2PM - Interesting experience!
It is all over now. Señorita Tioga and The Team have asked permission to remain in the impound yard of Zihuatanjeo for a little while in order to tell you all about today's accident experience.

Everything really worked out well. The Transit Police were very polite and helpful. There was no stress. No anxiety. Everybody who dealt with me was polite and efficient.

At the end of everything, I asked Juan if he was OK with our arrangements. Juan said that he was OK. And I told Juan, "If you are OK, then I am OK."

Little Boid wants you to know that he was also OK spending his day inside the impound yard!
Señorita Tioga in the Zihuatanejo impound yard.

3PM - Camped above the bay.
As we were leaving the Transito impound yard, one of the men gave us directions to the beach. However, when we reached the beach we found that Señorita Tioga is just a bit big to find a parking spot anywhere. So, we went up the hill looking for our Camp!

On the way up the hill, we came to a gorgeous view of one of the bays. Little Mavicito went outside and captured this pano! Wow!
View of a bay of Zihuatanejo.

Señorita Tioga kept going up the hill, higher and higher. We came to a nice concrete hillside road, that had no homes at all. Not even one!

So, we made our Camp here.
View from our Zihuatanejo hillside Camp. A $zillion$ peso view!

Jorge, how do you do it?
Several readers sent email after my blog's accident report. They wanted to know how I don't get all screwed up when things like this accident happen.

I will confess that at first I was very disappointed with myself. Then I remembered that this is just an accident. Nothing really serious.

Also, I have the advantage of having the cancer perspective!

Stuff like accidents, Datastorm not working [Datastorm gave me problems this afternoon], Señorita Tioga's breakdowns. All of this kind of thing is nothing compared to chemotherapy and cancer.

Going to chemo and sitting for hours as huge viles of red icky looking stuff is dripped into me. Having my muscles get smaller and smaller, until I do not have the strength to get out of my chair. Not being able to eat hardly anything. Not even drink water without gagging. Having my hair fall out. Not being able to breathe right. Watching my cancer support group members die, and going to their funerals.

All of these cancer things are real problems. A thing like today's accident? Wow! No problem at all.

7PM - Nite Camp.
Our Nite Camp is in the same residential neighborhood as yesterday. We wanted to make our Camp close to the Municipal Market. All of those shops are very exciting and it would be nice to walk around there this evening. However, parking near the mercado is very tight!


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