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    23rd March 2007

    As I was driving home from Durango yesterday…

    …I was awoken by the vibration of my phone… It only vibrated once and then died, but the sudden noise caused me to jump. My brain was completely disoriented – and then my heart started racing and kicking adrenaline throughout my body as I realized that I was in my car on my way through southern Colorado and right in front of me there was blue skies and a large drop off.

    Shit, I’m driving off a cliff! I thought as my brain roared to life under the influence of the adrenaline. (The language here might not be appropriate for some of my younger/more easily offended readers, but it is reminiscent of another near death experience in southern Colorado that some of you have heard about – if you haven’t, ask me and maybe I’ll tell it to you sometime.)

    After a second or so I realized that I was not, in fact, driving off a cliff. My car wasn’t moving at all, actually. Perplexed, I looked out the other windows and realized that I was in a parking lot of sorts. How did I get here? I wondered. I must have had the luck to take my hand off the gas and just stop here…

    And then, taking stock of my surroundings, I saw that the parking lot I was in belonged to a church and suddenly remembered that I had pulled off here between South Fork and Del Norte to shut my heavy eyes for a few moments. I looked at the clock on the CD player in my car. I had been asleep in the warm sun there for 35 minutes solid. The church was up on a hillside and I had parked so I was looking out over the valley.

    And now I felt like I was going to be sick. I didn’t throw up, but I got out of my car and stood there for about ten minutes breathing in the fresh mountain air and enjoying the sunshine, letting my nerves calm down a bit before continuing on my journey back north.

    I don’t know why my phone started to go at that instant, don’t know who was trying to call me – but man, it is good to still be alive.


    2 Responses to “As I was driving home from Durango yesterday…”

    1. Mikey says:

      Your diction is justifiable, yet vulgarity is a sign of ignorance.

    2. Daryl says:

      Yeah, you’re right. I am ignorant. And I should have used slightly different language. Oh well.

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