Greg Laden worried us all with his post this morning about PZ Myers getting into an accident on the road. PZ has recently reported back on his blog that he is OK and will be giving his talk in Michigan as scheduled. Here’s what happened:
It wasn’t bad; little traffic, the roads were icy, but I was taking my time and coping like a real Minnesotan. Then, as I was leaving lovely Glenwood, I saw a truck stopped to make a left turn way ahead — like 4 or 5 blocks ahead. So I touched the brakes to slow down a little more. So I tried to slow down a little more. So I tried very hard to slow down some more. Why isn’t this car slowing down at all? I still had plenty of room, so I started easing over to the right to miss the truck on the shoulder. I tried to ease over. Why isn’t the car turning? I was pumping the brakes and trying to shift over just a little bit, right up until the moment I crunched into the right rear corner of the truck.
Well, I have have it on the word of a very unreliable source that PZ left a few details out. Someone uploaded a video to YouTube:
Okay, so maybe that wasn’t him. 🙂 Maybe that was just an old (but funny/horrifying) Fail Blog video that I wanted to highlight for the occasion. But I got a chuckle when I read:
You will be pleased to know that I did not pray at any moment, but kept busy trying to get the vehicle under control. I did have plenty of time to curse at length and polysyllabically, saying cruel and hurtful things about the car’s ancestry and the sexual and excretory habits of Minnesota weather systems.
It’s that kind of prose that keeps us reading PZ’s blog. I can just hear the opening line for his talk later this evening: (looking up) “Hey, you missed!” By Darwin’s Green Galapagos, thank Natural Selection he’s OK!