Bugger me with a blunt market vegetable, I'm stupid!

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NIKON D70 - 1/500 sec, f6.3 at 18mm

About 3 weeks ago, I had to go to a lawyer to get something witnessed. I arrived at the correct time and found the correct location. There was sod all parking available and what was there was in a bloody tight spot on a nasty slope. While negotiating the car into the small space, I made an error of judgment and hit the house with the front of the car.

I thought I had just touched the bumper gently, so softly in fact that I didn't even check the damage. But Gabba asked me a few nights later how I had dented the car so badly. I ran out to check on the car to find that I smooshed in the front guard (I'm buggered if I know what you Americans call that part of the car) chipped off a big bit of paint and left the pin stripe flapping.

Severe depression ensued. In fact I stressed over it for weeks following, even to the point of not sleeping. I'm still very distressed by it.

Well tonight I did something just as stupid.

Tonight the BMW Car club got to have a private session with the BMW Art Cars at the Auckland Museum. I looked at the camera on the floor a couple of times tossing up whether I should take it or not. In the end I decided it's the museum and photography will not be allowed. Then I reasoned that there was going to be a hundred other people there and that I'd not be able to get a useful shot.

Well bugger me with a blunt market vegetable, not 30 seconds after I arrived, the president of the car club come up to me to ask where my camera was so that he could take me up on my own to get some photos of the cars before everyone else arrived. Shit a fucken brick if that was the stupidest decision I'd made to not bring the camera since I decided not to use the hand brake while making my 3 point turn in the car 3 weeks ago.

The Photo

It's the BMW car club safety car for the BMW Race Series. It's a poor replacement for one of the art cars which were spectacular by the way. I dunno if you have ever been near something truly magnificent, but tonight it was about as religious as I could possibly get.

Map of the photo location
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Posted: Tuesday, 7 August, 2007 21:51

Captured: 2007:08:04 12:13:18

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  • Are you SURE you're not trying to get to the top of Google for 'buggery'? Regardless, commiserations on both the damage and the spectacularly missed opportunity - I can empathise. Great atmosphere to this shot, but a little dodging to the rear of the family wagon might have balanced it out more.
    Your Hero - Tuesday, 7 August, 2007 22:32
  • Of course, if your title was "Bugger me backwards with a ...", you would have thousands of Black Adder fans landing on your site.
    Rik - Wednesday, 8 August, 2007 10:27
  • Its a brave man that admits to denting his car himself!
    Moz - Wednesday, 8 August, 2007 11:04
  • So how much did you damage the house?
    Glen - Wednesday, 8 August, 2007 17:35
  • Neat to see your positive reputation with a camera giving you such exclusive opportunities Dave. Given your post, is the fact that the car in the shot is a safety car a freudian slip or deliberate?
    Hannah Samuel - Wednesday, 8 August, 2007 21:12
  • Hannah, entirely fruedian, but mostly Ironic. Glen, it was a lawyer house, I have no idea what I did to it, I didn't even check. But now that I think of it, it was a lawyers house. Perhaps he'll sue my arse and use my blog as evidence against me. And My Hero, you're always there was good avice post-post-processing. why is that?
    Dave - Wednesday, 8 August, 2007 21:24
  • I was being a girl one day, well, being particularly girly and didn't watch where I was going while trying to find lip gloss in my bag (I was in high school!). I hit the guy in front when he was stopped at the lights. I was of course already slowing down, it was more like a bump than a hit. It was also a trailer and we decided to let it go because we couldn't se any damage. A while later I decided I had bent the front of my car, it was just not very noticeable because the trailer was nice and flat and met my car just below the hood, so it didn't crush anything, it just pushed the whole thing back a tiny bit.
    kristarella - Wednesday, 15 August, 2007 22:18
  • Hey BMW Dude... My father in law got a hot lap around Pukekoke the other day in that car for his 60th, so if you know the dude, then pass on our thanks. Keep up the good work! So if you hide at Pukekohe, how come I haven't seen you?????????????
    alikat - Wednesday, 14 November, 2007 22:45

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