Thursday, January 31, 2013

Desert Commuter PSA


There are some things in life you never expect to happen to you. For good or for bad, we will spend most of our lives experiencing the unexpected. Sometimes preventible, sometimes not. One of those situations happened to us last week--but it's something everyone could experience so PSA alert!

 Jon has been working a couple days a week at a different clinic in Hatch. It's about a 45 minute drive from our house, so it adds to the commute quite a bit. Last week he worked a day there, and when I heard him get home Theo and I desperately met him outside in the garage, as it was a Friday and Fridays after 5:30 can be THE WORST. Jon was crouched in front of the car, which was backed into the garage. Things didn't seem normal and when we got to the front Jon was trying to assemble various parts of the grill, which was missing. Jon was drowsy on the ride home--so drowsy that he ate a bag of skittles against his will and was forcing himself to stay awake. The last 10 minutes to our house is a very desolate route with a few houses sprinkled here and there, and the best we could figure was that he was so relieved to have made it home that he relaxed and took a long blink. That long blink led him to drive off the road literally in front of our house, smashing a prickly pear cactus and some big spiny bush thing in the process. It's obviously one of those stories that get funnier with time, but it was a little scary. Lesson learned: You can fall asleep at the wheel, even if you think you can't or won't. So let's all take a breather next time we are sleepy and save our spouses buckets of stress. The more you know, right?

6 comments:

naomi said...

That is mental. I'm glad it was a cactus and nothing more life threatening. Also, yes, Fridays that are still husbandless after 5:30 are the worst.

Leslie said...

So scary. Glad he is ok and thanks for the reality check. I too buy Skittles when I'm tired and need to drive- it's the only time I eat them. PS- that photo of Jon and Theo is AMAZING. Theo's body language is wonderful. Frame it!

Danielle said...
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Danielle said...

I'm glad nothing worse happened!

vanessa said...

oh man, why does your blog eat my comments!

anyway, those are amazing pictures. and i think it's time to keep a little something stronger than skittles in the car for the drowsy drive home. don't make us more scared of your questionable driving, jon! so glad he is ok. so scary!

Kirt said...

Glad he's safe. Oh, the adventures of youth . . .