By Sparky | November 6, 2006
Today kind of sucked – it has been pouring rain for several days now and Western Washington is on a flood watch. I normally wouldn’t mind so much other than having to walk Skype, and learning a lesson about physics and fluid dynamics the hard way today:
I have learned that water is hard as concrete at any decent speed. I was going about 45 mph on SR 520 on the way to work this morning, and one of the corners was flooded. It don’t look too deep so I plowed on through. I quickly discovered that the puddle was about 9″ deep, and the force of the water pushed the front spoiler and bumper on my car into the wheel well.
There was no cosmetic damage, but it dented the inside of the wheel well and made my tire scrape whenever I was taking a right turn. Luckily Chaplins VW is near the Microsoft campus so I was able to take my precious car there during lunch to have it inspected and fixed – they even got it done by the end of the day so I could even drive it home.
The good part of the story? It was the cheapest body work ever: $55.67 to repair the wheel well and get the tire properly aligned again. The moral of the story? Even a puddle of water do body damage!
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