First: the good – Ann Aguirre is running a contest at her blog to win a copy of Laid Bare!
Anya Bast is also running a contest to win a copy of Laid Bare so head over her way quickly, the contest ends Monday!
The annoying: I’ve been spammed twice this week from two so called publishers. First of all, a reputable publisher doesn’t spam anyone’s blog with blurbs for their authors’ books unsolicited. They don’t. These two companies, which ever so coincidentally had the exact same style of comment at pretty much the same time, were not very surprisingly the subject of several threads online when I googled them. Please folks, do your homework before signing with any publisher, especially one that asks you to buy your own books, pay any fees or who does wholly unprofessional things like spam author blogs with blurbs for their books. So, to Eloquent Books and Strategic Book whatever – spam is NOT aggressive marketing. It’s counter productive and it does not sell books. It also annoys me greatly so if you come back, I will report both of you to your ISPs as I explained in my note to you.
The horrible: We’re on a road trip so with my children and husband in the car, a yellow corvette shoved its way into our lane by sideswiping our car so hard it jumped three feet to the left. He then drove off at very high speeds when he saw me taking pictures with my iPhone. A ridiculously unhelpful California Highway Patrol at first wouldn’t even take a report or send cops to look for this man unless we stopped on the side of the freeway and waited for the cops. I wish I was kidding. Then when I asked for her name, she said, “Ma’am this is the California Highway Patrol.” I repeated my question, she repeated her answer. After my husband spoke with her, she said they’d send some cars out to look for him (the guy was driving about 100 mph). We decided to call when we arrived at my parents because we weren’t very far away at that point. But instead they called us when we went for gas, to say they’d stopped the car and could we go to the scene? We did, I told them what we were driving (and yes, the side of our car is damaged but luckily, aside from the shaking hands an anger that my children could have been hurt, none of us was physically injured)
At first, the officers on the scene were really helpful. They were both very nice and very professional the entire time. I had the license plate number, or rather 6 of the 7 numbers (though the woman on the phone seemed to think this was totally useless, which I find, um, well, very hard to place any credibility in since I had 6 of 7, a car make, model and color and a very specific part of the freeway they’d been driving on). We told them what happened, I had a scribbled note on the back of an ARC with the license number, as well as damage to the car, and other contemporaneous evidence.
They let him go.
Yes, after all that, after crashing into a car with three young children in it, forcing it out of a lane, DRIVING AWAY FROM THE SCENE AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED, what the officer said to my, “are you charging him with hit and run?” was – “well I was considering it, but he’s from Switzerland and doesn’t seem to know what’s going on” For our troubles, we got a card to give to our insurance company (which will cost us because of the deductible) and an offer to see the report after paying a 10 dollar fee. You see I HAVE TO PAY to fix damage this asshole created and the officers did nothing. I HAVE TO PAY for an accident report when I did NOT CAUSE THE ACCIDENT.
Now, this man had a kitted up Corvette, like the ones in the 100K range. He had insurance and he was driving in my country. FUCK that bullshit. I’m quite sure it’s not acceptable to sideswipe cars in Switzerland and given the fact that he drove away once he saw us taking pictures and my husband honked at him to get him to pull over but he drove away – I’m quite sure he DID know what was going on and i’m also quite sure that the California Highway Patrol gets a MASSIVE FAIL from me and my children, who apparently don’t matter as much as a 100K sports car and two men rich enough to own one. I also find the whole refusal to give a name and original refusal to send out even a single car to look for this car (when there’s a CHP sub station within 2 miles of where we were, by the way) – utterly ridiculous.
I grew up in California. Though I don’t live here anymore, I love my home state. This isn’t a California rant and it’s not a law enforcement rant either. I have several family members in law enforcement and I totally respect the jobs they do every single day for what is pretty much a rude and thankless public. But I don’t appreciate the disdain, rudeness and lack of concern my family was shown and it makes me livid that this guy drove the way he did because he thought he could get away with it. AND HE DID. He sideswiped my car at over 80mph because he’d driven all the way up to tailgate a semi truck in the right lane and wanted in. Except there wasn’t any room and before we could even back off to give him some space, he just crashed into us because we didn’t matter to him at all. And that opinion was verified when he was allowed to drive away without even an apology. That makes me so angry that I still have a headache today.
Anyhoodle, to you mr. yellow corvette California license plate 6HR 337 (one digit missing) driving on the 5 south on Friday afternoon – I hope you have giant, bleeding, painful, pus filled anal fissures for the rest of your life.
I’m ready to go to bed. Thanks for all the lovely notes about Laid Bare! I really appreciate them.