I had planned a cute litte post about the additions to our zoo, but before I could get there, I noticed that I'd missed a couple of phone calls from RockCrawlinChef, who had to work today. My Chef doesn't currently work in a restaurant, though he's got the itch to go back. No, he's an Armed Service Tech, aka Armed Courier, who works for a national armored car company, picking up and distributing money between banks and businesses.
The fact that I'd missed three phone calls didn't bode well and I called him back, expecting news like "It took us forever on the shuttle, so I won't be home until late" or possibly good news, "We're making good time, so I'll be home early."
What I got instead, stopped my heart.
"Hey Babe, just wanted to let you know I'm okay."
"Uh..." I'm okay just means that something went wrong. Of course, I know that his job comes with risks, but he's armed and good with his gun, but still...
"We were in a..." Please God don't say robbery. Don't say it, don't say it. "Rollover."
Is it wrong to be relieved that it was *only* a rollover? People are killed in rollovers, but I was immediately relieved. If he was okay enough to call me three times, he was really okay.
He and his partner are both okay, though Partner's got a laceraction from flying debris in the cab of the truck. RockCrawlinChef's back is sore and he was checked out by the paramedics at the scene, but I'm making him go to Urgent Care as soon as he gets home. If his back is sore already, he's going to need some Flexeril (and honestly, I hate to admit it, probably some Vicodin) to get throught the night, 'cause once those back spasms hit in full force when the adrenaline's gone from his body, he's going to be in agony.
If thing's can go right in an accident, they did in this one. They were on their way to pick up money, so the truck was empty. Since the truck was empty, Chef was riding up front with Partner, rather than in the back in the messenger seat. The messenger seat is the most dangerous seat in the vehicle because none of the "liability" is secured, so in an accident, the messenger is subjected to flying debris that basically becomes shrapnel. Oh, sure, the messenger seat is surrounded by a "cage", but the cage doesn't stop all of the coin, it just scatters it like a shotgun into the messenger.
Also, because they didn't have any liability aboard, they were able to take care of themselves after the accident, rather than having to guard the liability.
To be continued...