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A long time ago while driving across the West Texas outback on a foggy night between Ozona and Big Lake, I passed hundreds of deer lining the highway.  It's one of the craziest things I ever laid eyes on. For about an hour I didn't dare go over 30 mph.

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9 hours ago, McJose said:

Is Valley Forge in Bucks county?

No.  Montgomery.

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8 hours ago, Mister CIA said:

A long time ago while driving across the West Texas outback on a foggy night between Ozona and Big Lake, I passed hundreds of deer lining the highway.  It's one of the craziest things I ever laid eyes on. For about an hour I didn't dare go over 30 mph.

I haven't seen it lately (not sure why), but I remember as a kid, driving through the park and you would see herds of them just standing off the side of the road.  Same thing you describe.  Just hundreds of them.  It was creepy because when the light would hit them, they'd all be staring at you and not moving at all.  Honestly, way scarier than seeing a clown.  

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About a decade ago I was driving home at night on a relatively empty toll road doing about 80.  In Pennsylvania of course.  Anyone from Pittsburgh that has driven 43 know what I'm talking about.  Deer, turkey, all kinds of wildlife. There was a Jersey barrier to my left, and the deer jumped it, and in midair caught the front of my Explorer.  Was about half a mile from the toll booth. Airbags deployed, horn kept going off, coolant leaking everywhere.  I was at the side of the road in a stupor before I knew what happened.  Was weird, I remember seeing at the last second it happening, but it didn't dawn on me until after it happened. I looked back, the deer was sprawled on the highway.  He was done for.  The people behind me stopped and were very nice.  Gave me their phone to call help, stayed with me until help arrived.

Caused well over 4k in damages.  Very surprised the insurance company didn't just total it. I'm sure it wasn't worth much more than that.  But it was fixed and was fine after that.  Had I been in a small car, I might have been dead too.

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7 minutes ago, Copeman said:

About a decade ago I was driving home at night on a relatively empty toll road doing about 80.  In Pennsylvania of course.  Anyone from Pittsburgh that has driven 43 know what I'm talking about.  Deer, turkey, all kinds of wildlife. There was a Jersey barrier to my left, and the deer jumped it, and in midair caught the front of my Explorer.  Was about half a mile from the toll booth. Airbags deployed, horn kept going off, coolant leaking everywhere.  I was at the side of the road in a stupor before I knew what happened.  Was weird, I remember seeing at the last second it happening, but it didn't dawn on me until after it happened. I looked back, the deer was sprawled on the highway.  He was done for.  The people behind me stopped and were very nice.  Gave me their phone to call help, stayed with me until help arrived.

Caused well over 4k in damages.  Very surprised the insurance company didn't just total it. I'm sure it wasn't worth much more than that.  But it was fixed and was fine after that.  Had I been in a small car, I might have been dead too.

So I don't drive a small car, and I wasn't doing 80.  But I expected way more damage to the car.  I drive a Ford Fusion Sport.  (I mentioned before that my uncle was a president of one of Ford's Eastern Hemisphere departments, so we are a Ford family.)  When my wife got home last night, she was like, "Ok.  You got me.  I thought you really hit a deer."  I said I did and she said, "I saw your car.  There's no damage.  Nice try."  So we went down and I showed her the damage.  Like I said, there's a lot of small dings and bent pieces.  And the grill is cracked, but because it's black on black, you can't tell unless you're looking for it.  

I must have hit him just right or something.   The sound it made sounded like I ran into a dump truck.  

"You ain't so bad!  You ain't so bad!  My mother hits harder than that."   

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A 12 mile stretch of my commute runs along a river and is notorious for vehicle/deer collisions.  Earlier this year the deer had to move out of the river bottom because of flooding.  Wasn't uncommon to see 3-4 dead deer per mile on the side of the road.  And those were the ones that didn't hobble off into the trees to die.

They really need to move those deer crossing signs to areas with less traffic.

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1 hour ago, TheIronSheik said:

I haven't seen it lately (not sure why), but I remember as a kid, driving through the park and you would see herds of them just standing off the side of the road.  Same thing you describe.  Just hundreds of them.  It was creepy because when the light would hit them, they'd all be staring at you and not moving at all.  Honestly, way scarier than seeing a clown.  

It's due to hunting; it's made a huge impact on PA's deer herd to the point some places in the state are being over-hunted.

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16 minutes ago, Ned said:

It's due to hunting; it's made a huge impact on PA's deer herd to the point some places in the state are being over-hunted.

But you can't hunt in the park.  That's why it was always so populated.  

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On 10/2/2019 at 11:40 AM, roadkill1292 said:

I hit my first deer in Pa, on my way to watch porn movies at a drive-in.

Becky's in Walnutport ?

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Hey Sheik,

Lucky you are down there and not up here in Berks county, you would be reprimanded for not tracking it and putting it in your freezer. 

Be thankful it didn't sh!t all over your car. Hit one several years ago, jumped off a bank right in front of me, tractor trailer coming at me in the other way so the deer was the lesser of the evils. Winged him and he kept running into a corn field but it literally scared the sh!t out of him so along with the damage my car and windshield was covered in green fecal material.

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Once had a deer run into the side of my car.  Damaged the rear passenger door and back quarter panel.  I stopped but the deer had gotten up and ran away.  I called the police to make a report and they told me to come up to the station within 24 hours to make a report.  I waited until the next morning and went up to the station.  This officer was sent out to make a report so we walked out to the car together.

Cop: Do you have proof of insurance?

Me: Sure.. (fumbling around in glove box).. Uh... I can't find the card.  

Cop: How do I know you have insurance?

Me: Well, I'm up here to get a report for my insurance company... I can get the card if we really need it.

Cop: Nevermind... (walking around the car.. getting irritated) Why didn't you call us when this happened??

Me: I did.  They told me they weren't sending a car out because no one was injured and it was a car vs. animal incident.  I had 24 hours to make a report.  So I came up first thing in the morning.

Cop: How are we supposed to know a deer did this?  This could have been from anything!  You should have called us.

Me: I DID.  (Now I'm getting annoyed as he is basically telling me he doesn't believe my story.  I ran my fingers along the back door at the base of the window I pulled up a bunch of deer hair).  You could probably send this off for testing, or you could take my word that this is deer hair, either way is fine with me.  I'm not sure, but that looks like a hoof mark right here on the door.. :wall:

Cop: (doesn't say anything and just scribbles in on his report)

 

Guy was a total tool.

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My car had fur embedded in every piece of cracked grill.  So it was obvious I hit a deer.

Just got back from the rental place.  Guy said it was the 5th rental this week for a deer collision.  After a string of bad luck, they were pretty much out of all of their cars so I got a nice Cadillac.  Have never been a fan of them, but after just driving it home, I really like it.  It's got me thinking I may want to look at one for my next car.

Guess that could be another reason I'm getting old:  Thinking about buying a Cadillac.

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1 minute ago, TheIronSheik said:

My car had fur embedded in every piece of cracked grill.  So it was obvious I hit a deer.

Just got back from the rental place.  Guy said it was the 5th rental this week for a deer collision.  After a string of bad luck, they were pretty much out of all of their cars so I got a nice Cadillac.  Have never been a fan of them, but after just driving it home, I really like it.  It's got me thinking I may want to look at one for my next car.

Guess that could be another reason I'm getting old:  Thinking about buying a Cadillac.

I've loved the feel of every Cadillac I've ever driven.  Had an Escalade (bought used) that was the nicest driving vehicle I've ever had, even after well over 100k miles.

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2 hours ago, top dog said:

You could probably send this off for testing, or you could take my word that this is deer hair, either way is fine with me.

For some reason this exchange reminded me of, "I’ll tell you what, you can get a good look at a t-bone by sticking your head up a bull’s ###, but I’d rather take the butcher’s word for it."

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1 hour ago, TheIronSheik said:

My car had fur embedded in every piece of cracked grill.  So it was obvious I hit a deer.

Just got back from the rental place.  Guy said it was the 5th rental this week for a deer collision.  After a string of bad luck, they were pretty much out of all of their cars so I got a nice Cadillac.  Have never been a fan of them, but after just driving it home, I really like it.  It's got me thinking I may want to look at one for my next car.

Guess that could be another reason I'm getting old:  Thinking about buying a Cadillac.

Oh, definitely go for it. And buy a goofy wide-brimmed hat, too.

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On 10/3/2019 at 1:02 PM, SwampDawg said:

Becky's in Walnutport ?

It took me a few days to realize that this might have been a valid question. Turns out there really is a town called Walnutport. But, no, I was heading for the now-defunct Red Run Drive-In outside beautiful downtown Waynesboro.

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On 10/2/2019 at 8:04 AM, belljr said:

What do you call a deer with no eyes?

I have no i deer

 

What do you call a deer with no eyes and no legs?  

 

 

Still no I deer

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21 hours ago, roadkill1292 said:

It took me a few days to realize that this might have been a valid question. Turns out there really is a town called Walnutport. But, no, I was heading for the now-defunct Red Run Drive-In outside beautiful downtown Waynesboro.

I never knew PA was such a hotbed for drive-in porn.

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On 10/7/2019 at 10:04 AM, TheIronSheik said:

$8300 worth of damage to the car.  That's insane.  

I guess you could say that this accident cost you . . . deerly.

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5 minutes ago, IvanKaramazov said:

I guess you could say that this accident cost you . . . deerly.

I told my boss it was going to cost me a little more than a buck.  

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On 10/7/2019 at 8:04 AM, TheIronSheik said:

$8300 worth of damage to the car.  That's insane.  

That's a lot of doe. 

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On 10/3/2019 at 4:44 AM, TheIronSheik said:

No.  Montgomery.

:mellow:

 

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Had to hammer on the breaks on the way to work this morning in the gloaming.  Deer was giving it all it had to cross the road.  Picture the cartoon where the hoofs are skittering in a circle.  In the end had enough room as it clear the front of my vehicle by about 10 feet.

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Supposed to pick up my car today.

It was done yesterday, so I went and dropped off the rental, then had them drive me to the body shop.  When I got there the guy said, "Oh, damn.  I was just about to call you.  As they were putting the last piece in, one of my guys scratched the hood a little.  So they have to buff it out and repaint that spot."  So I had to wait for the rental car place to come back and pick me up.  Then get the car back.  Now I get to do it all over again today.  I can only imagine that I'll hit another deer on the way home.

Side note, I feel like them scratching the hood is kind of a big deal that they played off like nothing.  

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35 minutes ago, TheIronSheik said:

Supposed to pick up my car today.

It was done yesterday, so I went and dropped off the rental, then had them drive me to the body shop.  When I got there the guy said, "Oh, damn.  I was just about to call you.  As they were putting the last piece in, one of my guys scratched the hood a little.  So they have to buff it out and repaint that spot."  So I had to wait for the rental car place to come back and pick me up.  Then get the car back.  Now I get to do it all over again today.  I can only imagine that I'll hit another deer on the way home.

Side note, I feel like them scratching the hood is kind of a big deal that they played off like nothing.  

I had something similar happen when I got my car back after hitting a deer. I left them the rental, hit a gas station and filled it up then as I’m driving towards home a message comes up. Something like “ a major problem with the hybrid system. Immediately stop the car”. 

So I had to drive it back and had the rental an extra weekend. Something about the codes they had to get right. 

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So I get to the body shop and the guy says, "It's going to cost your deductible plus $100 for the tire." Confused, I asked why $100 for a tire.  Why wasn't that covered?  He said it's just standard prorating of the tire wear.  And the tire was worn down by about 50%.  I said, "Well that's odd because I literally just bought brand new tires a month ago."  Immediately, his face kind of went to that "Oh crap" look.  I said, "I got all 4 at the same time, can we look at the other tires to see how much wear they have on them?"  He said sure and then said he had to go check on something in the back.  When he came out he said they weren't charging me the $100 because of the trouble I had to go through the past 2 days.

So we go out to the car and I notice the tire still has a slice in it.  I said, "That looks like the old tire."  He looked and then said, "Those damn guys.  They said it was done.  Let me go get them to put the new one on."  Shady AF.  I feel like they were trying to scam me.  Maybe they made two honest mistakes, but something seemed shady.

Anyway, they pull my car back around and about 10 minutes later, there's a loud crashing thud.  Everyone runs to the front of the shop and a good sized tree fell down into the parking lot... right where my car had been parked.  Guy says, "Wow.  Today must be your lucky day."  I wanted to tell him, "No.  I think my bad luck is just slightly off timing today."

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54 minutes ago, TheIronSheik said:

Anyway, they pull my car back around and about 10 minutes later, there's a loud crashing thud.  Everyone runs to the front of the shop and a good sized tree fell down into the parking lot... right where my car had been parked.  Guy says, "Wow.  Today must be your lucky day."  I wanted to tell him, "No.  I think my bad luck is just slightly off timing today."

Damn, if that tree would have landed on your car I think I would have taken some time off for a while.

The tire stuff does sound shady.  Might want to take your future business elsewhere.

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A small buck got hit here in town.  :(.  40 MPH speed zone.  It's only a 2x2 but someone will take the antlers tonight unless the city workers pickup the carcass.  They are really starting to move.

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Semi-related.

Some tweaker on a bike swerved in front of my car the other day.   Although he quickly swerved out of the way the warning system on my brand new car beeped and alerted me to brake.  

I need to figure out how to disable that BS.

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So another thing, before I left the body shop yesterday, the guy said something to me like, "Tomorrow is one of the first days we'll have cold temps in the morning, so if you're tire pressure warning comes on, don't think we did something to your car.  That's just cold tires."  I said I was well aware of my pressure light usually coming on when the first really cold nights came in.

So on my way to work this morning and sure enough the tire pressure light comes on.  Like a lot of cars, my car will show me the pressure of each tire on the dashboard.  Two of the tires come back 32, which is fine and the on comes in at 30, which set off the warning.  But then I notice the new tire and it's at 54 psi.  The recommended psi is between 35 and 40.  I mean, I'm surprised the tire didn't explode.  How could they not check the tire pressure?  Or after their shadiness, I almost feel like it was done on purpose.  

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1 minute ago, IvanKaramazov said:

It's really weird to see shady business practices at a body shop.

Right?  Next thing I'll find out is used car salesmen are liars.  I mean if these two professions aren't truthful, then who is?

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