VOLUME IX – “MOONLIGHT SONATA”
ALBANY, NEW YORK (2013)
Well…I have to say my favorite car I’ve ever owned was a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. Since then I’ve driven only foreign brand cars, with the exception of my wife’s Jeep Grand Cherokee. As you can see by the picture posted above that my Sonata received an unfortunate love tap from a Dodge Ram pickup truck. Also on this same day, hours earlier, I had just changed my Maryland driver’s license over to New York State; what a way to officially say welcome to Albany, NY. Unfortunately, my wife was in the car with me in the front passenger seat waiting for the red stop light to turn green. Now, we have been sitting their for at least a minute or two and we had just gotten lunch from Andy’s, an awesome place to get deli meats, cheese and subs. Minutes later, as we are at the intersection of Delaware Avenue and Morton Avenue waiting for the light to change, the left turn lane gets the green arrow. As my wife and I were talking to each other, suddenly a loud and hard strike hits the rear of the car pushing us forward a few feet. Once I was able to figure out what the hell happened, I yelled out an explicit vocabulary word and then checked on my wife.
Considering that my wife has been in numerous car accidents, and was cut out of one, the sound and impact of our accident scared her and shook her pretty deep. I was able to compose myself and got out of the car to see that a Dodge Ram pickup truck just rear ended me. I can tell the guy was visibly worried how I was going to react and what I was going to say to him, but I played it cool. Almost immediately we started to exchange information as we waited for the Albany PD officer to show up. Several minutes later he showed up and when I handed him my temporary license, which was piece of paper, he looked at me with confusion. My wife and I had to inform him that I just switched my license over today and the piece of paper is my temporary license until the permanent one comes in the mail. After our explanation to him he looked at me, “welcome to Albany” followed by a smile and a little chuckle. When we were finally able to leave and go home, we contacted our insurance company immediately to file a claim. A few days later, after the insurance company had the car in their possession, we received the estimated damage of nearly $8,000.
We just knew the car was going to be totaled, but where the driver struck the car was above the frame saving the car. Needless to say, the car was out being fixed for the rest of the month of September into early October. So for a month we had a Volvo as a rental car and it was a very nice one. We were still living in Maryland at the time, but was in the early transition of moving to our current location; upstate New York (Albany Capital Region). When I got the car back she didn’t feel too much different, but suddenly I started to have issues with the lights and going out. I knew at that point that it probably wouldn’t be long before other issues surfaced and I was hoping that nothing like electrical issues would become a thing. Approximately three months after the accident, my wife moved to Albany to start her new job and I would meet up with her about four months later. Traveling back and forth between MD and NY every week, on my days off, for those four months was the last road adventure the Sonata and I had. I got so good in knowing the best routes and avoiding the tolls and none of them required me to be on Interstate 95. Life has been treating us much better here in New York, the northeast region, and the only thing I miss about home are the people. Nothing else.