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So this afternoon my husband is driving peacefully back from Williamsburg, along our nice peaceful country road, without another car around for miles, when a HUGE BRANCH falls off a tree overhead and spears the passenger side of the car.

He’s a little bashed up but mostly OK, although in need of many cookies and Maryland basketball games on videotape. The car is a disaster: frame bent, hood popped, steering column partly ripped out etc. Stupidly, I had it towed to the local Toyota dealer, who was so incredibly obstructive and unhelpful that we then had to have it RE-towed to another place. (This did not make the tow truck driver particularly happy.)

Here’s where the branch came from, lurking in wait until he drove underneath it. What are the chances?