Well, in the daylight the tree damage really isn't so bad. I wouldn't be surprised if they just pull the dent out and repaint it (in “Yellowstone” as Mercedes calls it). Nothing internal is hurt, and only the hood, probably the easiest body panel to work with is damaged at all. So that's good news.

If the repair bill is just a few hundred dollars, I'll just swallow it I suppose. If it's more, I sue my neighbor who apparently is legally responsible. I suppose at least it fell on a car… It could have fallen on someone at a BBQ. Better a crushed hood than a crushed skull.

On Monday I'll take it in to the body shop that fixed my TT when William J Pugliese, Jr. of 20 Woodsend Crescent in Aurora, Ontario (License number P9140-78557-80103) smashed into it with his 1998 Dodge Durango. As far as I could tell he was drunk. He was arguing with a parking attendant (he didn't want to pay), and then the idiot put it in reverse instead of drive and gunned it, taking out the front of the TT in the process. Then he took off, so the police have charged him with hit and run — unfortunately they didn't catch him in time to nail him with drunk driving. I have to go to court this September about it. He claims he thought he'd “just hit the curb.”

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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