This morning I took my beloved BMW 330 Ci in for servicing because the check engine light came on. When I got to the BMW dealer, they scanned the key and told me that Blue wasn't due for full servicing until another 5000 miles. The check engine light was due to the gas cap not being tight enough (sensitive little bugger). They decided to check a wiper blade and the head of the service department went out to find one of the mechanics. She told me to grab a cup of coffee which I did.
Anyway, I saw her walking back with a mechanic and went out only to hear her say, "I'm so sorry. I left your car in neutral without the brake on and it rolled into another car." The result is that Blue has a badly scraped and bent right rear bumper.
This is a high class and very professional dealership so I knew that all would be okay. I reassured the lady that sometimes things just happen. One of the fellows in the office said that if everyone had my attitude the world would be a better place.
So I'm driving a new BMW M coupe until tomorrow. Blue is going to get detailed and the scrape and dent will be gone. She's bent but not broken.
I feel good that I wasn't upset in the least. And I'm glad that I could ease the mind of the apologetic and worried service manager by telling her that the important thing was that no one was hurt. Sometimes, crap just happens. And Shadow and I can laugh at the fact that our cars are a bit damaged but will be good as new soon.
In the mean time, zoom zoom.
It is clear the future holds opportunities - it also holds pitfalls. The trick will be to seize the opportunities, avoid the pitfalls, and get back home by 6:00.