11:56 pm - I'm still alive.
Still dealing with paperwork with the insurance company, I get the feeling I'm going to end up pushing for closer to US$3200, when they total it out. Getting a copy of all reciepts from the sole mechanic to ever do work on the car in a few hours, and copying 'average sales price' stuff (local ads in magazines, and on-line, and the like), and going to hand them the reciept for the $900 of tires that are all less than 5000 miles old.
And reading a recent entry by Manawolf... something hit me. Something that is honestly scaring me a little bit, and making me consider turning in my drivers license if I didn't need it to hold down a job. Something I went out, and tested by driving around monotonously up and down short streets for about 20-30 minutes, then driving around without tracking my speedometer or turning except to stay in the lane down the same stretches of mostly-deserted road. Speed limit of the street sections varied between 25mph (gated residential) and 50mph (local intrastate highway) sections, with the experiment aborted due to findings at the 50mph level.
Up to around 30-35mph, I have zero problem driving very sedately, more-or-less running the proverbial mental and driving engine at idle.
Between 35-45mph, it actually takes larger and larger conscious effort, not to avoid 'hot dogging' my driving style, but to mentally stay 'safely aware' if I'm driving sedately.
At 50mph, it's a very noticable effort.
I've got close to a quarter century of in-grained training to fall asleep in moving vehicles once they are above 'city' speeds even remotely, if I'm watching out the windows at the passing terrain. (Ergo why talking with people inside the car avoids it. And thankfully I don't get motion-sick in vehicles either so I don't need to look out the windows generally.) My only technique to 'combat' this has become overloading my senses and brain to keep it in a hyber-aware state when I'm driving, preventing the 'power saving' spin-down. This only applies when I'm the only person in the vehicle, I have not compared with/without having someone to have a conversation with, nor with outside factors like using/not using the radio, air conditioning, or having the windows down.
And no particular reason for the new LJ icon, I just finished it and wanted to share. :-) S'from Secret of Mana for the SNES. =^.^=
And to explain what entry brought this on for some sort of 'context' for those that can read it, it's in regards to being a Sprinter. Somehow appropriate, driving a Toyota Corolla. (Google it, you'll understand. :-) )2 comments