June 16, 2006

People tend to call me a party pooper because I do NOT like fireworks in the neighborhood. They call me a worrywort. They call me old fogey (even when I was 19 and told my friends to go do that crap somewhere else ... away from my car and home).

Well, the other half went out to the truck at 4:30 in the morning ... time to leave for work ... walked to the curb, where it was parked under a streetlight, and discovered that someone had pointed a bottle rocket straight at the windshield "to see what would happen." This is what would happen:

cracked windshield

Click either image for a larger look.

cracked windshield

You can see in the top picture that there are actually two points of impact. One, centered, has white residue not just from the lines of the cracked glass, but from the cement or powder or whatever that's in the bottom of the bottle rocket. Just to the left of that is another white smear of that same reside. And the heat cracked the windshield far beyond just the impact. And of course, the people who did it, picked up most of the bottle rocket "debris." The paper, the little stick thing and the cement plug are all gone.

At least there was no damage to the body of the truck. And at least they didn't set the gas tank alight. Still, this did not make for a good day yesterday for either of us.

I suppose we're both grateful that this didn't happen while driving and that what happened to the neighbor's car a year ago didn't happen to us. Cuz the neighbors were awakened by the police around 4 one morning ... because as they were driving past, young neighbor lad's car was "parked" in the yard.

Yeah, someone had come up the street fast and nailed his parked car hard enough to move it at least a good car length onto the yard. And then they abandoned their car (with all their paperwork and personals still in it) and took off on foot. Completely totaled neighbor-lad's car.

Still and all ... it's not a nice way to wake up in the morning.

Posted by Red Monkey at June 16, 2006 9:54 AM | Never Underestimate the Power of Human Stupidity | | StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble |


blueyes said:

And that's the reason why I sit around if I"m home watching the hooligans in my neighborhood just because of this.

June 16, 2006 10:17 AM


otilius said:

that's crazy! I love bottle rockets but how dumb can someone be? hopefully, it didn't cost too much to fix...

Red Monkey says: Luckily the insurance covered it completely. No deductible or anything.
June 16, 2006 2:12 PM


Beth said:

OMG! This is one reason why I'm terrified of being around people setting off fireworks, or, anything explosive for that matter. Usually the people doing the lighting-can't even light their own cigarettes, much less a 6 inch wick. Hope insurance covers the windshield!

June 16, 2006 10:22 PM
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