Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Last night was quite traumatic for The Surveyor, a.k.a. Cool Breeze. After work, he headed west to attend the funeral home visitation for a cousin who passed away this week. He was cruising down the hilly country road in that daze that only those who have driven such a road can fathom. The sun was in his eyes, and Led Zeppelin was cranked up on the radio. (That's where the Cool Breeze part comes in!!!)

All of a sudden, there was a huge THUD on the passenger side of his truck. He had no idea what had hit him. Never saw it coming. Birdzilla!

Actually, it was a turkey. According to the Bird Man, it most likely flew out of a creek bed and right into the truck.

Stupid bird.

In this photo you can see what happened to the antenna. It used to be straight. What you can't see is how much damage it did to the door - between the windshield and the passenger window. Must have been a big sucker.

He knew it was Birdzilla. She left her calling card on the antenna. Some might call it a feather.

I can only imagine what Cool Breeze was calling it when he realized what had hit him!

This incident has created a dilemma for us. Do we report it to the insurance company? If so, do I have enough photographic evidence to PROVE a turkey flew into the side of the truck? Will they laugh? Will they triple my rates if I file a claim? We have just added a teenage driver to our policy - can we afford the 327% premium increase when our policy comes up for renewal?

Why couldn't he have just hit a deer? Like normal people.


Lori said...

Glad The Surveyor is OK.

My hubby got hit by a kamikaze deer one time - while driving down the interstate at about 70 mph! He didn't know what had hit him - just all of the sudden he was spinning. Thankfully, all the other cars on the interstate were able to avoid him!

Another guy had stopped to see if he was OK. He had seen the deer leap right into the side of his car. It broke the rear passenger window and left a LOT of horn scrapes across the roof.

It was an older car so we decided that it was easiest to just fix it ourselves rather than involve the insurance company!! said...

OH Man! How much is your deductible? That will make a good deal of difference in whether or not you want to claim it!

Amy said...

A deer is too boring! We hear those stories all the time. Maybe the Turkey wanted him to listen to The Birds instead of Zepplin! Corny joke..I know. Thanks for the laugh.

Holy Crappers said...

Was he listening to Stairway to heaven at the time?

poor birdzilla lol


(Sometimes!) Serendipitous Girl said...

It's like a country version of Alfred Hitchcock ... perhaps I will stay in the city where we have drug dealers. Can you just see the insurance person's face when you call?

"Riiiight, a turkey hit their car. When did their teenager start driving again? But the feather I've got to give them credit for. Now THAT'S convincing."

Caution said...

That must have been a mess. Stupid turkey. Should have stayed in the freezer at the grocery store where it belonged!

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Ouch. I'd send the pictures to the insurance company.

My Daddy was driving a truck for J&W Seafood in Deltaville and a turkey BUZZARD flew right into his windshield, which actually broke. He was very lucky he didn't get hurt or wreck the truck, but it did considerable damage.

Oh, and I recognize that road with the blazing sun. We have 'em over this way too.

My Metabolic Rate is Stuck said...

LOL!! Did the turkey Die? So far I have hit 3 deer! In daylight! Not saying alot about how I drive!

Domestic Spaz said...

The Man would have called that dinner.

No, I am not kidding.

abritandabit said...

Wow. Just wow.

I've had a couple near misses up here, but so far, *knock on wood* nothing has managed to ram itself into any of our cars.

Ok now that I've gone and said that...

QueenofPlanetHotflash said...

My daughter had the same thing happen to her. The turkey hit the windshield though.