Sigh....indeed we did have our first accident on this trip. It was the fault of the maniac in front of us not the Stoic One. So here is what happened. We were merging onto a two lane road, and an Alpha Romeo came up behind us like a bat out of hell. The Stoic One continued his merge. The maniac driving the Alpha thought we should have stopped and let him zoom past, I guess, anyway he started screaming at us. We could see his face turning purple as he looked as us through his rear view mirror. Then he looks in the rear view mirror and flips us off. The Stoic One ignored him. He flipped us off again. The Stoic One ignored him again. He flipped us off the third time, and we all have our limits, so the Stoic One responded in kind. This caused the maniac to slam on his brakes and we crashed into the back of him. Sigh...
So the maniac gets out of the car, and starts jumping up and down like a chimpanzee..giving us all the finger. It would have been funny except we thought he was nuts. Then the maniac asked me if the Stoic One had been drinking, I said no. (It was 9:00 am!!!) Then the maniac calls someone on his cell phone. Then we call our friend Simone on our cell phone. Then Simone talks to the maniac and gets him to calm down a bit by telling him the car is insured. Then the maniac calls the police and then the police show up.
Two very handsome kind men. I ask them if they spoke English they said unfortunately not. I said I am sorry my Italian is not better. They said Italians needed to learn English. I said we were in there country and we should all learn Italian. We were having a great time. The maniac was not amused. Then the police asked us where we were from and we said the US. He said he loved Americans. Then he asked where in the US and we said California and he said he loved California even more. Then the police decided to help us fill out our insurance forms.
OK some lessons about car accidents. Simone thinks the maniac called the police because we were foreigners and the maniac thought we didn't have insurance. We of course did have insurance. The forms are in the glove compartment. This form stuff is very important. In Italy you exchange insurance forms not driver's licenses and insurance information like in the US. So if you are in Italy make sure you have the insurance forms. Simone says that Italians have so many accidents that they usually just exchange the forms and then go on their way. He said usually the police won't even show up for the fender bender.
Here is the picture of the car with the dent. That is the maniac filling out a form.
So this is a story that could only happen in Italy. The maniac could only be Italian and the police could only be Italian. The Stoic One of course could be many nationalities...
Oh, by the way, Italian law is if we crash into someone it is our fault...Am not sure what that means exactly...The police said it was nothing and after filling out our forms, they went on their way.