It was supposed to be an innocent little blogger meet-up. I’d spend a couple hours with Diana (Scale Junkie) and Natalia (Embracing the Weight Loss), enjoying lively chatter and a nice meal in a pleasant setting. What could possibly go wrong with a plan like that?
We had just finished our meal and were having yet another laugh when the wall of the restaurant…well, it exploded! Right before my very eyes! Apparently, a woman attempting to park her car hit the gas instead of the brakes and punched through the wall. If you ask me, she had to hit it pretty darned hard to get the car up over the curb and across a 3-foot sidewalk.
We were about 20 feet away but the debris landed only a foot or so from an occupied table. No one was hurt, thanks be, but the folks sitting in that area were shaken up. Even sitting 20 feet away, I was so shaken up that I wandered off and left my wallet and credit card on the table. Eagle-eyed Natalia picked them up for me so they didn’t disappear in all the milling about. (Thanks, Natalia!)
As we were settling the bill, the fire department arrived and we wandered outside to check out the
firemen exterior damage.
Unbelievable! You read about these things happening, but you don’t expect to be there when they do. It will definitely influence my future decisions about where to sit in restaurants.
While I felt bad for the people sitting closest to the collision site, I couldn’t help but feel sympathy for the woman driving the car (who was also unhurt). Wouldn’t you hate to explain this when you got home?
Yep, that’s a Mercedes. She drove it away, but it’s going to be in the shop for a very long time, I suspect.
Despite all the drama, I thoroughly enjoyed hanging out with Diana and Natalia again. These two women are beautiful and fuunny and smart and authentic…sighI miss them already. If you ever have the opportunity to meet them, DO IT. (You may want to choose the restaurant yourself though. )
Now I’m off to meet up with my parents again and learn where they’ve decided we should go next. I’m hoping it’s still along the coast somewhere, but who knows….
Wishing you all a happy weekend!