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The Blogger, The Black Cat, and The Dangerous Driver

Coco, my little black cat, crosses my path about a hundred times a day but I've never connected this to any particular episodes of good or bad luck. I'm considering revising this opinion after this morning's events, however. According to Wikipedia, black cats can be considered both bad and good omens, depending on where you live. As I live in Scotland, where 'if a black cat crosses your path it is meant to be a definite sign of good things to come'1, I'm going for the latter, and thanking my lucky stars for my black cat, and the protective aura she cast over me before I left my house this morning.

I was a split second away from being hit by a car on my way to work this morning.

I was at the pedestrian crossing on the main road where I live (which is a major commuter route into Edinburgh). The traffic lights were at red and the green man had just come on to signal that it was safe for pedestrians to cross. A big truck had stopped in the lane closest to the pavement, I walked in front of it and was about to step into the second lane of traffic when I looked to my right, and saw a car come flying through the red lights at a speed that suggested the driver had no idea there was even a set of traffic lights there, let alone that they were at red. I felt the breeze of the car passing about a foot in front of me. Then, as if that wasn't bad enough, the car behind went through the lights as well. So if the first guy hadn't got me, the second one could have a pop too.

Both of them were going far too fast and even if they'd been paying attention to the lights there's no way they would've been able to stop. If the driver in the first car had stopped suddenly, the car behind would have smashed into him.

As I stood in the middle of the road, in shock at the close shave, the driver of the truck honked his horn at the two cars to alert them to what they had just done, but they hadn't even slowed down and they both drove off, seemingly oblivious to the fact that they'd been about a foot away from hitting a pedestrian. A pedestrian who would have HUNTED THEM DOWN AND KILLED THEM if they had ruined her upcoming wedding.

If I'd been just one or two steps in front of where I was he would've hit me full on. I keep thinking about what would've happened if I had stepped out in front of that car, and it's freaking me out. Would I have walked away unscathed? Maybe a broken leg? Fractured skull? Or would I be another statistic - one of those poor bastards that die on the road every day? Road casualties in the UK may be at an all time low, but you still hear stories in the news almost every day of someone who has lost their life on the road.

I don't know why the two cars didn't stop but I hope it was just a momentary lapse, and that they got as much of a fright as I did - maybe that will make them a bit more careful next time.

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At 18.8.07, Blogger Melissa said...

I can see how the near-miss would be on your mind all day.

Thank God for black cats.    

At 18.8.07, Blogger londongirl said...

Thank god indeed for the black cat. I always look both ways, even if the light is green. There are more nutters out there than seems right.    

At 20.8.07, Blogger Drama Queen said...

Glad you didn't die. If only because I've bought the bloody dress for your wedding already. HeeHee!    

At 21.8.07, Blogger Random Reflections said...

Eek! How scary. I'm glad you didn't get mowed down by a car.    

At 22.8.07, Blogger Stacey said...

Glad you're safe, Teens! I like that black cats are good luck in Scotland. One of my friends adopted one a couple of weeks ago and another is adopting one tonight. :)

Hope the wedding planning/freaking out is going ok. ;)    

At 22.8.07, Blogger pink jellybaby said...

geeeez!! i hate people who go through red lights, and in London, cyclists are just as bad... i feel sorry for the driver of the car that hits the cyclist who's running the red light... some people just don't have a clue!    

At 23.8.07, Blogger Mr Farty said...

Way too many nutters on the road, I gave up cycling in Embra after one driver pulled out from a side street without looking and knocked me flying.

Crossing fingers for a trouble-free wedding day!    

At 23.8.07, Blogger Teeny said...

Melissa - amen to that!

LondonGirl - I normally look both ways too but I must've still been half asleep that day... But that definitely woke me up!

Queenie - Um, thanks! I think.

RR - Very scary. I nearly had to go home and change my knickers. Was that too much information?

Stacey - I'm not so sure about black cats being good luck, I got Coco 2 years ago and things have been a bit mixed since then! I wouldn't change her though.

JellyBaby - You'd think cyclists would be MORE aware of what's going on around them!

Farty - No wonder you gave up! I'd love to cycle to work but I'm waay too scared.    

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