I was talking to Dirk yesterday; he’d called from his cell phone while he was driving home in the pouring rain. We were talking about the usual nonsense and enjoying ourselves, when all of a sudden he screamed:

“I’m going to die! I’m going to die! I’m going to die!”

There were a few beeps, and then silence.

Thinking he was pulling a fast one on me, I was playing along. “Dirk? Are you dead?” After a moment he came back on and said quietly, “I was just in a big accident. I’ll call you back.”

Yikes. It turns out he’d hydroplaned on the wet road and dove into a ditch off the highway. The car was trashed, but luckily he was okay. Definitely a bummer of an evening.