Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A First

John and I experienced a first today.

Simon and I went to the Embassy this afternoon to pick up John from work. We exited the Embassy Compound and we were sitting at a left turn light, about 15 cars back, and all of a sudden we felt a bump at the rear of the car; we got rear ended. We almost didn't notice because it was so light. Because of Costa Rican law we needed to stay at the scene. We called the Marine on Guard and he called the roving patrol to send them over. They got to us in about five minutes and took some information from us. About 15 minutes after they arrived they said that the insurance investigator would arrive in 25 minutes.

Poor Simon got so bored. We tried to keep him occupied but it was hard! We had to stay in the middle of the road, so we stayed in the car with our seat belts on. At the end of the investigation from the insurance, about 70 minutes after the accident happened, the transit cop showed up. His investigation was a lot shorter, and he let us pull over to the side of the road. John and Simon were able to get out - Simon still got bored but John did a great job taking care of him.

When the transit cop finished I got his report and was happy to learn that we owed nothing. We were then released to go. The cop brought over the guy who hit us and said that he works in car painting and thought it would get done faster through him instead of through an insurance shop. So he gave us his information and then apologized for hitting us.

The whole process was pretty painless, it just delayed us almost an hour and a half from getting home. P took good care of the kids, keeping Coen cool (he's had a fever), and feeding Malachi dinner.

In other aspects of life. I think John's the only one that's not sick right now. I think this marks the fourth week that we've had a cold in the house. Coen has a fever that's slowly going down. Simon's fever comes and goes, but it's never as high as 102. Malachi just can't kick his cough. John got the cold and then again. I missed it the first time but got it this time. I hope we're almost done.

Schools going well. I'm holding up an A in one class and I think an A- in the other. Hopefully I don't lose to many points in that one.


Nomads By Nature said...

If you have to be in an accident, then I think you did it in the best way possible. Sorry to hear that everyone is dealing with revolving crud - that kind of recycling stinks. If I recall properly you are in the heavy thunderstorm pouring rain season there so stay dry, drink your camomile tea, and sleep as much as you can. Hopefully you will all be in full health soon and enjoying some lovely days ahead!

Nomads By Nature said...

If you are gonna have to have the cultural experience of a car accident I think you did it in the absolutely best way. Hope everyone is recovering from the delay and stress of the event as well as from the recycling crud. If I remember correctly you are in the very rainy part of the rainy season there. Stay dry, get sleep, and feel much better soon!

Heather Dray said...

Ug! We've been fortunate in Cairo (so far) and no fender benders. Like you didn't have enough going on! Nice job in school and I hope everyone feels a lot better soon!!!