THE Incident  

Posted by Alex Pendragon

One of the great burdens in life is that sooner or later, something less than desirable WILL happen to you, and at the moment it happens, we rarely have a crystal ball on hand to discern exactly how this misfortune will play out. They say whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger. What happened today probably isn't going to kill anyone, but I have my doubts as to how it's going to strengthen anything, except perhaps my future judgement.

As my readers all know, I have these four-legged lawn mowers which I employ around the Hold to keep the weeds and sorry excuse for a lawn under control. Most of the time I have to keep them on a leash and/or tie-out cable in strategic places as to have them eat this but not eat that. Today, I had the twins (no, not the Daughters, but my pair of pygmy goats) tied out on the corner front of the property near the dirt road we live on. The unfortunate and not fully realized danger of this is that they might ignore the more-than-plenty amount of delicious grass IN the yard and alongside the road next to the fence in favor of whatever must be REALLY good on the OTHER side of the road. The second ingredient to this scenario is that someone might be driving down this dirt road faster than the posted 25 MPH which would make it harder for them to see the goats in or beside the road and thus avoid some sort of accident.

Well, of course, you know by now what has happened.

Now, I was inside the Hold and did not witness this as it occurred, so what I am reporting here is that which is given by the neighbor who drove up in his Honda civic (which he later said was his Mother's, not his own) and showed me the damage that occurred when he hit the tie-out cable the twins were leashed to. He says he didn't see the goats until it was too late. So, apparently, the cable was pulled violently and tore loose from the leash while breaking the collar of one of the goats. Both goats didn't appear to have been injured in the accident, but now the goat whose collar was torn off his neck is acting strangely, perhaps having suffered some sort of whiplash injury. Looking at his car, there was damage that COULD have been sustained the way he described. I don't know because I didn't witness it. So, seeing to the goats and putting them back in their pen, I told him that I would take it up with my insurance company, and took his information.

THEN he comes back, in a truck with a friend, claiming that the cable somehow damaged his radiator, and that he would have to have the car towed to a repair shop. Now, the damage he described about the radiator, including the report that "the water was just pouring out", seemed suspect as I had not seen any water leaking from this car while it was sitting in my drive. Again, I cannot say this has or hasn't happened, but one does have to worry about such things. People HAVE been known to take advantage of what could be a monetarily rewarding moment. At any rate, I repeated to him that I would pass this information on to my insurance adjuster, who would be getting in contact with him or his own insurance representative.

This all makes me nervous in that I don't know if this accident occurred due to my possible lack of due diligence, my neighbors, a combination of both, or if this is some attempt to take advantage of an observed situation. All I can do for now is hope that the burden of proof for all this rests with him and that his own failure to pay attention attributes an equal amount of responsibility to the situation. Yes, I know, it is only natural for someone to attempt to avoid their share of the blame for something like this, but I certainly do not wish to suffer any more of it than is deserved. If it DID happen exactly as he described, then, well................

And I hope like hell that my own insurance company is willing to step up to the plate rather than try to avoid the claim, which insurance companies have been known to do. This would be the first instance in 9 years of home ownership that I have attempted to make a claim, so I hope that also falls in my favor. Lord knows I don't see how we could afford to pay for the damage this guy says that cable did to his car.

I am not looking forward to THE Wife getting home and having to hear about this. Perhaps this is one of those opportunities for her to put her magic where her mouth is and cast us a spell to soften the blow of this unfortunate incident.

I just hope my goat is alright.

And yes, I am glad my neighbor didn't suffer any injuries, regardless of fault.

This is going to be an interesting week.

Stay tuned. You wanted Drama? You got it!

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5 slick comments

Good thoughts your way, Michael.

June 25, 2009 at 12:40 AM

Please give your goat a hug for me. I wish you the best in this and hope that your "lawnmower" will be ok.

June 25, 2009 at 7:30 AM

A bizarre accident to be sure. You should share your suspicions with the adjuster. And I do hope your goat is okay.

As a wife myself, I can attest that I've bitten my tongue many a time over husband's mishaps, including two weeks ago when he had his car towed from Philly, and it sat at the repair shop for two days. And it was out of gas. And they charged $80 for labor and a tank of petrol.

Please feel free to use this anecdote if needed to cheer THE wife.

June 25, 2009 at 8:13 AM

Holey Moley! What I hope is that your insurance company doesn't see this as an opportunity to do dastardly deeds to your policy, or to you. Interesting how the damage got worse AFTER his buddy came over eh? I'd keep an eye on that one, and certainly share your suspicions with your agent and adjustor.

June 25, 2009 at 12:59 PM

Michael, how are the goats doing? Hope all turns out well for you.

June 27, 2009 at 9:09 AM

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