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February 2007

The Most Surreal Thing We've Ever Witnessed

A couple of nights ago, Leif and I decided to go to Black Angus for dinner. We took 6th (a freeway) to Union, and were waiting at the light in the right turn lane. Union I think has 3 lanes going north, 3 lanes going south, with a median in between. There's a car in front of us waiting for traffic to clear too. Finally, the lanes are clear, the car in front of us is getting ready to turn, when off to our left we hear a loud noise. We turn, and see a white van barreling from behind us. It passes us on our left, goes straight across the 3 lanes going south, hits the median, jumps over the median, lands partly on some guy's hood, keeps going straight, slams into a pickup truck, keeps going straight across the 3 lanes going north, hits the curb, goes through the guard rail, over a tiny incline (like really tiny), and stop right past the guard rail when it hits some trees.

Van Whose Brakes Went Out

We sat there for a moment, then Leif made the quick turn, pulled over on the side, and carefully jumped out of the car and ran across to see if he could help (he was careful - at that point I was thinking of that article I had read on people who help after a traffic accident getting hit themselves). I called 911, as I'm sure a ton of other people did, put on the hazard lights, and went over as well.

The 3 guys in the van had already gotten out by the time Leif had gotten there. The 2 people in the cars who had gotten hit were understandably very shaken up, I mean how often is it that a van just lands on the hood of your car. The pickup had the worst damage though, that thing was totaled. The hood was all smashed, the passenger door barely opened, fortunately he was ok.

Pickup truck who got hit

Big kudos to the Lakewood Police Department. Within about 2-3 minutes of me getting off the phone with them (that's who I was transferred to when I dialed 911) we all heard sirens. 2 fire trucks, several police cars, and I think an ambulance showed up.

We stuck around to give our info to the cops and the people who had been hit since some of the witnesses decided enough people had witnessed it and left. I think we were the only witnesses who stuck around though (hey, I'd want people to stick around too if it were me).

We did make it to Black Angus after that, but wow, both of us were really happy that everyone was ok, no one was seriously injured or killed, and it hadn't been us.

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The Terrain Park Has Been Entered

On Wednesday, we took Carter and Monika to Winter Park, which is supposed to be one of the cooler resorts in the area. I also had further motivation as well - they're supposed to have a decent beginner-intermediate terrain park. The jumps at Loveland looked way too big to start on, so I figured this was as good a time as any.

Well, we did it. We ventured into the Jack Kendrick terrain park, bypassed the low rails (saving that for next time), and ended up at the top of where 3 jumps started. After first going slowly down them just to get the feel for it, Leif shrugged on our next trip up, and decided to get some speed. If he could do it, I could do it, and while it was a little scary with the speed we got just to get over the jumps, by the end of the morning I was landing all 3 consistently. Very very cool feeling to get that air and then successfully land.

Next up, more jumps, and the low rails. They couldn't have been more than 6 inches off the ground and had snow ramps leading right up to them, so I'm ready to tackle those!

EDIT: found a picture of the jumps that someone had taken. A neighbor kid said they were 6 foot, but I have no idea. All I know is that they were fun.

Jack Kendrick jumps

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