Monday, January 17, 2011

The Irony Of This Does Not Escape Me


ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
The windshield of my JEEP gets taken out by a vulture?

The very same JEEP that carried an injured vulture across the damn state in search of a wildlife rescue vet just about two weeks ago?

What was that about "good karma" coming to me for being kind to a vulture?

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday !


Good grief! I had just traveled 2 hours and 125 miles from St. Augustine and was literally within one mile of PFHQ when I spied a flock of vultures feeding on a dead deer at about the 11 O'clock position.

I slowed down, but obviously not enough, since one lumbering bird, ... probably overloaded with deer guts, swooped up and then down into my windshield.

CRACK!
Instant spider web crackle pattern instead of clear glass.


I drove the remaining mile in a state of disbelief.

Is it just me, or is this just a wee bit ironic?

38 comments:

tai haku said...

That is like 10,000 spoons when all you needed was a knife.

More seriously though that is really really bad luck although obviously the main thing is you're ok.

I've often wondered how many black vultures get hit. They seem entirely to casual about the whole oncoming car thing.

Sharon said...

Bless your heart! That just ain't right.

Dee said...

Sheesh --- your poor JEEP has really taken a beating this week. Vultures -- really, they aren't very appreciative of all you did for one of the brethren.

Hope next week is a better week for you AND the JEEP.

Anonymous said...

Ah yes. The "no good deed goes unpunished" syndrome. Glad you made it home safely.

WV - millyin. By jove, I can think of a millyin things that I thought I needed before new windshield even makes the list. (I know, sick humor - it's all I've got.) KS reader

Sayre said...

I'm so sorry, but I can't help but laugh. I know it isn't funny and it's going to be a pain to get it fixed and all, but still... Karma can be a bitch!

Perhaps they weren't happy that you rescued some of their competition for deer guts?

Also, I'm guessing that if the vulture who cracked your windshield was hurt, you didn't worry about helping him...

Florida Beach Basics said...

some days you're the bug, some days you're the windshield. it will all be better when your biorythms cross over. meanwhile, was the vulture ok?

threecollie said...

That is just wrong. Poor Jeep

edifice rex said...

Ohhh man...wow. that sux. that is so much like the time I rescued that cormorant and those people called me for like 3 days interrogating me about where I got it; like I kidnapped the thing or something, or had injured it myself. grrr...
hope things improve quickly.

Island Rider said...

I hope you have good insurance and that the agent does not laugh when you call to report the damage. Do you think they will replace the seat as well? Maybe you were marked and that's where the bad luck is coming from.

Island Rider said...

Oh, my husand just said to tell you it could have been worse. We have a friend who hit a pelican on the top of the Skyway Bridge. With his motorcycle! That windshield cracked also.

robin andrea said...

Maybe the vulture was just trying to get close enough to thank you for saving the other one, but overshot it a bit. Yes, I think that must be it.

cndymkr / jean said...

Oh boy. I hope you are ok. That poor Jeep has had some bad mojo lately.

Ericka said...

i think your vulture friend put a hit out on you and the jeep. be careful out there!

Prem Subrahmanyam said...

I bet the vulture just smelled his/her buddy on your seat...they do have an excellent sense of smell...oh, wait, that's turkey vultures...I guess it was just bad luck.

---Prem
The Florida Native Orchid Blogger

SophieMae said...

Poor JEEP! It sure has been through a lot lately. Isn't there some kind of deal where windshields are replaced free? Or does that not included avian accidents? Just a WEE bit ironic, yes. Not sure if having one barf - discharging ballast - on you and JEEP would've been any better. *shudder*

Did you know that vultures won't eat dead vultures? Or so I've been told. Reckon they think, 'who knows what killed it, so better not take a chance'. I do know that RKV's seem to last a lot longer than other RK critters.

Re using your laptop at McD's and such... is there a public library near your parents' house? You should be able to plug it in there.

swamp4me said...

So, did the vulture survive?

Dani said...

Oh hell no!!!!!

nfmgirl said...

@SophieMae: I have to wonder whether this may be true. We have flocks of hundreds of vultures around here, and roadkill rarely escapes them, yet a dead vulture laid untouched for weeks.

Miz S said...

Like you don't have enough to deal with right now?

cuz Tina said...

At least in PA its turkeys and you can eat them.

Bill said...

Wow, just Wow!
That did not just happen!!!??
Speechless.
That sucks.

Billy

Anonymous said...

OH FC,

I am so sorry about your windshield.

Patti

roger said...

life is interesting. glad you are ok. i too wonder about the bird.

roger said...

also, is that a beard you're sporting?

kathy a. said...

i'll go with ironic. glad you are OK and were so close to home.

also glad mom's recovering well and in good spirits.

Darla said...

Holy toledo...bet that got your full attention! Glad you are okay..and dang those Turkey Vultures are so big.

Felicia said...

Oh man, that's sad. Those vultures owe you one! I've noticed the black vultures tend to get out of the way of approaching cars just in time, while the turkey vultures are slower (and unfortunately, a lot bigger).

Thank goodness you're safe and didn't have far to drive with that shattered windshield.

Donna Mc said...

That's just stinkin' funny! JEEP is a vulture magnet!

I'm glad you were not hurt, and hope your insurance fully covers it...but otherwise ~ it's STINKIN' FUNNY!

Maybe you can convince the insurance to include new seats since the vulture stink-ified seat created a vulture magnet.

kevin said...

You should have stayed for lunch.

The Florida Blogger said...

No good deed goes unpunished?

Caroline said...

Some days the Dragon wins....poor JEEP.

Daniel said...

Ouch!

Floridacracker said...

"No good deed punishment goes unpublished" ... LOL! Thank you for "feeling my pain" even if you did get a chuckle out of the irony.

Go ahead and admit it. I laughed too after I got over the, "OH HELL NO!" shock (Too funny Dani).

And yes, Kevin, OLD friend, perhaps I should have stayed for lunch. Cracked me up. I should respect my elders, I suppose.

Since Florida requires insurance companies to fix or replace winshields with no deductible, this is not such a painful thing.
They are actually coming to my residence to replace the windshield tomorrow.

Soon, the "vulture magnet" will be on the road again.

Aunty Belle said...

ouch!! Dang gluttonous birds.

FC, what a time youse havin'>>> but I did chuckle on the one-back-post wif' the cypress knees--very clever.

Hope Mama is improvin', her back doan hurt too much...an' mebbe that yore folks' git a internet hook-up so ya can work when's thar'.

Floridacracker said...

Aunty,
I may have to switch from Hughesnet to a Verizon intenet thingie!

kevin said...

"OLD" friend. I get it. Only a couple more days for you. And yes, you should respect your elders.

Wren said...

More than a "wee" bit ironic, methinks.

Perhaps you could build better karma by rescue more vultures?

Julie Zickefoose said...

I had to go find this post. All I can say is Arrggh. And I am glad to have seen the JEEP in fully restored, still a little tapey condition. My goodness that JEEP was immaculate, and parked in good pasture, away from the rabble.
Meeting you: the bomb.