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lots going on, but i have little energy to write. i have little energy to do anything right now. i want to take a nap, but i've got to take a shower and drive to OC.

I received an upsetting phone call this morning, from my mom. A friend of the family died yesterday, in a car accident. Apparently my mom had tried to reach me when she found out, but of course i didn't have my phone until this morning. I've known his wife for as long as i can remember, she's maybe ten years older than I. they actually lived out here near me, though they're from OC. I haven't seen them in a while. He was a really sweet guy. They've got two little kids, under five. horrible situation. the funeral is tuesday. i'm going to try and go if i can.

stuff like this makes me appreciate every little bit of life that i have.
i try to be grateful, especially considering that i should have been dead seventeen years ago.

Man dies in head-on crash

10:40 AM PDT on Wednesday, April 21, 2004

By NATHAN MAX / The Press-Enterprise

MEAD VALLEY - A Riverside man was killed early Tuesday morning when his car slammed head-on into a dump truck on a rural road in Mead Valley.

Gino Potalivo, 35, died on impact after his Mazda 626 collided with a three-axle dump truck with a two-axle trailer on Cajalco Road, near the intersection of Alexander Street.

The truck driver, 56-year-old Gary Gilmore, was taken by ambulance to Riverside County Regional Medical Center.

David Bauman / The Press-Enterprise
The mangled wreckage of a Mazda 626 is set along the shoulder of Cajalco Road at Alexander Street after colliding with a dump truck pulling a trailer Tuesday.

Gilmore of Chino Hills suffered moderate injuries to the left side of his body, back and left shoulder, according to Officer Mark Talkington of the California Highway Patrol.

The accident occurred at 8:05 a.m., when Potalivo, driving eastbound, swerved into the westbound lane as Gilmore was coming in the opposite direction, Talkington said.

Gilmore's truck smashed into and snapped a telephone pole after impact, which caused 4,034 Edison customers to lose power, according to Edison spokesman Bob Lopez.

Power was restored quickly to all but 180 of those customers. The remaining customers stayed in the dark for hours as crews worked Tuesday afternoon to repair the power lines.

The accident also caused a small leak in a gas meter beneath the power lines, causing rescue personnel to be extra cautious at the scene.

Gilmore was extricated from his truck about an hour after the collision.

The CHP closed the road for nearly four hours after the wreck.

Talkington said a witness who was driving behind Gilmore said the truck was traveling 45 mph. The speed limit on that stretch of road is 50 mph.

Some people in the area said they tried to save Potalivo, who was not wearing a seat belt, but he died instantly.

"Two guys took him out and checked for a pulse," said Mark Hood, who lives at the intersection of Cajalco and Alexander. "He didn't have a pulse."

Reach Nathan Max at (909) 567-2408 or nmax@pe.com

The pet insurance company that i sent a resume to a month ago called me back and offered me a job.

their timing is crappy.

I told her i'd consider it and call her back, but i'm pretty sure i'm just going to tell her no. I like ACCIM and they gave me the money i want and the days and hours i want. It would be so bad of me to quit now to take this other job. the insurance job is more stable and easier, but the the pay isn't any better and i'd have to get up early in the morning, and they would want me to do 40 hours a week. I just don't think it's the best idea.

Had they called me before monday, i may have taken the job.

I want to see Michael tonight, and i don't even know where he's at.

was surprised with a midterm today, in Abnormal Psych ... we're not even close to where we're supposed to be on the syllabus, so i don't know when we are doing what. I missed the last class, which was at least a third of the content of this test, so i don't know how well i did.

after the test we discussed sexual disorders (fetishism and the like) which was fun. I will say that I've learned more from Andy than in the class.


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Apr. 21st, 2004 10:47 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry :(
that's terrible...a man I know died not long ago, leaving a wife my mom's age and several kids- it's never good.
Apr. 21st, 2004 11:18 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm sorry :(
it's just one of those "shouldn't happen" things ...

but it serves to prove the point that it can happen, at any time, to any one of us.
Apr. 21st, 2004 11:04 pm (UTC)
and the funny thing about jobs...people keep calling me now that I have one I like. Some are places I already interviewed and never heard back (we're talking six months ago!), others are scary temp agencies...

when it rains it pours, I guess.
Apr. 21st, 2004 11:18 pm (UTC)
it's like dating. no one wants you unless you're taken ...
Apr. 22nd, 2004 04:09 am (UTC)
yeah, what the fuck is that about?

what in the female mind makes a man attractive because they aren't single?

seriously, a girl that hadn't looked twice at me all year asked me for my number today... oye...
Apr. 22nd, 2004 10:31 am (UTC)
Because if they are in a relationship it shows they can commit. Crazy huh?
Apr. 22nd, 2004 11:06 am (UTC)
i don't think it's just that. and men so it as well.

i think it's because we're wired to see that something is desirable if it is wanted by other people ... so if someone is alone, they're seen as unwanted by others and therefore less attractive.

i also think that people in happy relationships exude confidence and happiness, and that's also attractive.

what do you think, psych major?
Apr. 24th, 2004 05:31 pm (UTC)
All that sounds accurate as well.
Apr. 21st, 2004 11:46 pm (UTC)
Relationships are very much the same...
Apr. 22nd, 2004 08:38 am (UTC)
Gary Gilmore...wasnt he like that last man executed by firing squad in Utah? and wasnt he the one the Book/movie The Executioners Song was about?

Odd when "normal" "everyday people" have the names of mass/serial murderers...
Apr. 22nd, 2004 11:11 am (UTC)
bingo ...

there's also a song by the adverts - "Looking Through Gary Gilmore's Eyes". It's about being the person that received his transplanted corneas. i find it amusing.

must suck to be him ...
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