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."
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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.