Wednesday, December 17, 2008

More car business, misc

First off, thank you for all your advice. I totally took it to heart and did not so much as pick up the phone to dial 22 Year Old Girl Who Drives Through Red Lights And Then Denies It.

Oh, and to answer a question: No, she did not get a citation.

Today, we got the repair estimate for DH's car. Are you sitting down?

SIX THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED DOLLARS AND CHANGE!

For a car worth $3,000.00. So, uh, goodbye car.

As per our insurance company's suggestion, DH will file in Small Claims Court tomorrow. Apparently, whoever files first looks better. And, anyway, we're in the right.

Why are we stuck doing all the legwork? Because we only had liability on DH's car. The 22 year old only had liability on her car. So, the insurance companies can't be bothered getting too involved.

Anyway, at Small Claims Court, if the judge rules in our favor, her insurance company will total out the car and give us some money. Conversely, if the judge is ridiculously crazy and rules in her favor, our insurance company will pay for her repairs. And her injuries. Something to do with her chest and her seat belt.

DH put up a sign where the collision took place, asking for witnesses. We also put it out on Craig's List. And, certainly, San Diego Momma, you can twitter about it. (Thursday, Dec. 11 @ 9:00 pm, eastbound Friars, by the onramp to 163 North)

On a much happier note, Child #4 and I went shopping for supplies for my big exciting (nerve-racking) book launch party/signing at The Yellow Book Road on Saturday. Yikes! We're both getting teal streaks (to match the book cover) Saturday morning. Worrieth not, they'll just be clip-on streaks! But they will be cute!


A huge shout-out to Gina Black for posting the incredibly adorable picture of her with I So Don't Do Mysteries.

And I'm over here, on Cynthia Leistich-Smith's Cynsations, posting about what I've learned this past year as a debut author.

You know what, though? It's high time you guys met my real-life critique partners. So, that's what's coming next! You'll love them!

For now, I'm signing off to go finish Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwall. There's something about a decent serial-killer read during this festive holiday season!

One or thirty last evilly addictive fruit-flavored Tootsie rolls and I'm outta here!

19 comments:

Vodka Mom said...

7,000 DOLLARS?????? jesus.

Love the blue clip on hair. It will be perfect!!

Christine Mercer-Vernon said...

OMG, all but 7K!! it is frustrating but you are better off not calling her. with all that, at least you have a super fun launch party coming up. and those tootsie rolls and i have a long history, especially the vanilla. i used to work at a food brokerage and one of our clients (who was a very attractive single man) used to bring me the vanilla one's all the time because he knew i liked him. we never dated. LOL have fun at your party!!

Laura said...

CRAZY!!! Stand your ground and all will work out. Hang in there...but, I agree, what a friggin pain!

Teal streaks - way cool!

keri mikulski :) said...

Yikes.. Sending hugs and hoping everything will work out. :)

Stacy Nyikos said...

How do they come up with these prices?? 7,000. You'd think that they know the car is worth way less than that and that they should keep the repairs within the value of the car. I hope it all works out. Even though I wasn't at the scene of the crime, but I could vouch as a character witness :-)

Travis Erwin said...

Hope things work out for y'all and I love the vanilla tootsie rolls.

Sarakastic said...

I want blue hair! Hopefully everything turns out with the car.

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm glad you are taking some steps to deal with the accident. Good guys finish last too often in such situations.

Stacy said...

Best of luck with everything.

I only like the classic Tootsie Rolls.

laughingwolf said...

ack! the repair bill on my car, in a hit-n-run: $6000... and i only paid $7500 for it a few months back... but no collision, so i'm stuck with outta pocket expenses :(

lawyer suggested small claims court, but on property owners [my car was parked in my spot], who in turn can sue the snow plow op

hope you win your case, barrie

and have fun at the ybr!

gabe said...

My brother's car was once hit by someone going through a red light and she fought it saying he was going too fast - and they went to court and he got angry and was almost charged with contempt of court - and she was the one going through a red ...
being in the right is sometimes not good enough.
- have more fun with your book!

Bina said...

Holy Crap! That much? How amazing is that!

I'm reading Scarpetta, too! I have read every single one of her books. I just LOVE serial killer books and she and John Sanford are two of the BEST!

I love that name, "Yellow Book Road".

Chantal said...

I hope some witnesses come forward.

Angela said...

Good luck on the car mess.
It is frustrating.

At least you have some good stuff going on.
congrats on the book again and don't forget to let me know about audio

Smiles!

Barbara Martin said...

I'm pleased to see you are on the right track with the accident, and listened to sage advice. Going to court will seem like a slow process, but it's the best route in this situation.

Anonymous said...

Hi Barrie,
We just got home from your book signing and we are all so thrilled for you! Even my mom was impressed - my mom- that means you are gonna be big time. Your book is glorious and you and your blue hair streaks were very Babe-like. Congratulations on your amazing success! Love, The Santee Babe and her family

Vivian said...

I'm so sorry for your troubles and hope the TRUTH will win out in the end. It's tough having something like this hanging over you, when you have something fantastic to celebrate. Congratulations on your book signing and may your son have good juju with his car.

JaneyV said...

I hope it all works out for DH. Seriously who needs this grief? Hang tight - I'm sure that it'll work out for you.

Trace said...

I am sorry I missed it. We had an impromptu Xmas party for a few friends that night. Cole was sorry he missed the extra credit points from Eileen B R...he missed you too....really!I wanted to be there. I will still buy a copy and have you sign it poolside.