I started to put this in the pit, but it simply lacks the necessary je ne sais quoi for that forum, so here it goes. Move if/when necessary.
I live in what is affectionately known as ‘the back edge of the middle of nowhere.’ The drive to work is about an hour, and perhaps half of that is on a two-to-three lane road through heavily wooded areas.
The other morning I was tooling along when there was a sudden pop and a lovely star-shaped hole appeared in my windshield, directly in front of me. No other drivers were around, so it wasn’t a rock kicked up by a car. The road was fairly wide at that point, no houses around, so unless someone was really, really, really good (or using a slingshot and really good) it wasn’t a kid throwing stuff at passing motorists. I called Mr Kitty to tell him what happened, and that I would probably need him to start looking at the local junkyards for a replacement windshield. We had the following exchange:
Me: It was so weird- there’s no other cars on the road. If it was a rock or something, I don’t know where it came from. You know, deer season did just start up; maybe…
Mr K: If it was a caliber large enough to take out a deer, there’s no way you’d still have a windshield. You didn’t get shot at. Are you sure there weren’t kids around or something?
Me: I suppose you’re right; but, no, no one was around.
Mr K: Maybe the deer were throwing rocks.
Me: They’re Palestinian deer? :dubious:
Mr K: You never know.
I babied the car to work and back home. The hole went through the first layer of ‘glass’, through the plastic barrier, and into the second layer of glass (no incriminating object tucked in the hole, sadly); three of those fix-it-kits later, there’s still an obvious divot, but I won’t have to replace the windshield at the moment (thank og).
After insisting that there was NO WAY the car could’ve been the ‘victim’ of a hunting miscalculation, Mr Kitty took a closer look when he was applying the second kit, and found what basically amounts to a spray pattern- little divots across the windshield, and ‘scratches’ (I can’t think of a better way to describe them) on the frame at the edge of the windshield- that had not been there prior to my incident. :mad:
So he amended his statement- the car probably was shot (not necessarily at), but with birdshot rather than a larger caliber/buckshot. Would have sucked if I’d been driving a little faster with the passenger window down, but it probably wouldn’t have killed me. I filed a (non-emergency) police report, the cops came out, agreed that the damage probably was the result of birdshot, and said they’d check out the folks that typically hunt in that area to see if they’d… er… noticed anything. :rolleyes:
Look, I don’t like hunting. I’m not a huge fan overall of guns. But I get that it’s important to folks around here, so I don’t make a big deal out of my objections. UNLESS YOU’RE A DUMBASS, like the folks a couple years back who were shooting deer and just taking the antlers, leaving the carcasses on the side of the road. Or like the FUCKING MORON WHO SHOT MY CAR. Accidents happen, and perhaps you aren’t aware how far your chosen projectile can travel if you miss your target. And yes, a Jeep can look an awful lot like small game, especially when it’s traveling along a paved road at 65mph. But is it too much to ask for you to maybe double-check before pulling the trigger? Or use a little bit of math skills to figure out shooting in the direction of a well-traveled road isn’t a good gamble??
Please, a little common sense goes a long way. I was lucky as hell; the next time someone else might not be.
[sub]* Seriously, the parcels of land out there average in the hundreds, because it’s primarily multi-generational pulpwood land that someone happened to have stuck a trailer on at some point- our neighbor across the road has 150 acres, and that’s considered small. Our parcel, at 16 acres, is miniscule, but it butts up against 3300 acres of pulpwood land, leased by the local law enforcement for hunting, so if you shot away from our house, it would be a long time before the bullet got to anything resembling a road or dwelling.[/sub]