slept lousy in grand rapids last night (still trying to get used to my new CPAP machine for my sleep apnea). then, in the middle of the night, i tipped over my travel alarm by mistake, and set up back up on its side. normally not an issue, but this travel alarm switches to different time zones automatically based on what side you set upright. so i inadvertently switched to central time. which meant i woke up an hour late. which meant i had to get ready, pack, and out of my hotel room in 15 minutes if i was going to make my 8:30 zondervan leadership team meeting.
then i stepped outside. remember, i’m a san diego boy now. it was “cold” in san diego the other day, which meant it was in the 50s. this morning, i stepped out into sleet, ice and snow. it was massively nasty. my rental car windows were all covered in ice. and i was going to be late.
so i scraped a tiny bit, blasted the defrost, and headed out. every time i got to a turn, i had to lower the driver and passenger windows, so i could see left and right. this, of course, made the drive quite chilly.
the hotel i stay in here is only about three miles from zondervan. and the roads in-between are 5-lane major roads, through heavily populated areas. which is why it totally surprised me when a deer bolted out in front of me, attempting to jump over the hood of my car.
yes. i said attempting. yes, i hit a deer on the way to zondervan, in the freezing tundra that was grand rapids this morning, after oversleeping. bambi’s mother bounced off my hood and windshield (seriously, directly in front of my face – about 18 inches from my face) mid-jump. when i slowed down (sliding, it was icy), i saw her laying on the far side of the road. dead? not? then she stood up and scampered off. nice, i didn’t kill the deer.
i haven’t even looked at the rental car yet to see if there’s any damage.