Monday, May 22, 2006

hit by a bus

People often end statements about their great expectations with the expression "... unless I get hit by a bus." For example, "I'm going to cure cancer next week unless, you know, I get hit by a bus first."

That kind of outlook makes me sad. Because when you think about it, you could just as easily be killed by an oncoming car.


  1. When I first moved to Chicago, I was 20 years old and I wasn't enrolled in classes, therefore I was dropped by my parents' insurance plan. My father kept trying to get me enrolled in temporary insurance and, not realizing how the weight of these matters, I kept putting it off. He would say, "Anything could happen. You could get hit by a car while you're walking across the street." Well, a few months passed and I finally enrolled back in school, where I was required to have insurance. One month after that, while walking home from the train, I did get hit by a car. A taxi to be exact. And while I suffered no serious injuries (I had a few broken bones and a slipped disk in my back) I would have been out nearly $20,000 had I not had insurance.

  2. This is not a sad story, by the way.