March 2012 - car tears through our front yard ruining the work we had done to make it nice including mangling our metal arch, it also takes out our chainlink gate, part of our fence and the telephone pole.
July 2012 - the deadly DUI hit and run incident of which I am sure most of you know about and I would rather not go into the details of.
April 2014 - car hits the warning arrow sign (put there by the county to show our yard sticks out more than the neighbors) sending it flying into our metal arch ruining it, along with some other more fixable damage.
So I go to bed between 2am and 4am and sleep solid till about 8am where from them on I tend to roll over and look at the clock every hour or two as I continue to sleep till around noon.
Today around 9am I rolled over, looked at the clock and before I could fall back asleep my heart was sent racing by an all too familiar horrible BOOM (familiar because before hitting lives the drunk hit the stop sign in the opposing side of the crosswalk) I laid there motionless wondering what the sound was, again like that July night hoping it was someone hit the dumpster at the boarding kennel across the street.
I lay there, wondering if I just heard something serious happen. I wait... I hear nothing, no talking, no screaming, no sirens.
So I go back to sleep (well eventually, took a while after the jolt of the sound and the memories it brought back) and when I woke up I found our got dang arch once again a mangled mess with the big ol arrow sign on top of it, the row of neatly placed rocks mowed down, gravel in the street, metal decorations all bent up... and considering how far the sign had to fly to even reach the arch he had to be speeding, I never heard brakes screech before or after the boom so the person just hit it full speed and kept going...
.... and stupid folks driving fast piss me off hardcore, today it was just a sign but I have seen first hand what a speeding car can do when it comes into contact with living things and honestly speeding for whatever reason is just not worth it.
Seriously, I don't care if you are late or just doing it for fun, please just don't speed, at least not through a freaken neighborhood.
PS: other incidents that happened within sight of my home in the last 15 years
-Old woman goes through front gate of church next door, through their parking lot and into their back fence.
-Car down the street hits telephone pole
-post man did a U-turn at the intersection and someone hit him knocking the truck over
-car went up the curb at the far corner and partway through the wall of a home.
-car took out the power box around the corner and we lost power for 2 days as they fixed it (out of sight but close enough)