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Writer's Block: Close Call

Accidents happen all the time, and often we walk away miraculously uninjured. What has been your closest call with avoiding serious harm in an accident?


One accident, and one what-if:

1. Back in '95, I fell down my aunt's basement stairs. I managed to only sprain my ankle, but if I had fallen at a different angle, I would likely have broken my neck. (The second time I sprained my ankle in '06, I just stepped in a hole I didn't see.)

2. A couple of years ago, my dad was driving my sister's Prius to get the tires fixed. I was planning to go with him, but decided not to. Lucky I didn't go. He was smashed into by an idiot woman racing out of a parking lot at warp speed. Dad had minor injuries, the Prius was totaled...and had I been in the car, I probably would have been killed. The passenger side was completely obliterated.

Not an accident, but a "Jeez, I was just there!" moment: In 2002, during the sniper attacks in the D.C. metro area, one of the (non fatal) shootings happened in a Michaels parking lot in Spotsylvania- where I had been just a half an hour earlier. Yikes. Too close to home...

And in 1988, I got home from Europe just a couple of weeks before the bombing of Pan Am 103. Mom really didn't want to let me fly ever again...