So last year, I bought this new Subaru. In order to get the options I wanted, I had to buy a package that came with a sunroof.
I never had a sunroof in a car before. Never saw the need where I live.
But, since I have it, I thought I might as well try it out…I mean, I paid for it, might as well use it, right? .
Wednesday was a wonderful day. At noon it was 84, lots of sunshine. I actually enjoyed driving with the sunroof open.
I had to run some errands, and stopped at the chiropractor about 14:00. I left my carry piece securely locked in the car as there is no secure storage at the Chiropractor’s office. I left the windows up and the sunroof open about 8″ for semi security and to keep the car from getting too hot while I was at the docs.
He wasn’t as busy as I expected what with all the cars in the lot, and I was in and out in about 20 minutes.
I paid up, got back into the car, and left. All by myself in the car. No one but me. I know this because I had checked as part of my security scan that I do before entering a car that has been parked outside of my vision for any length of time at all….
I was driving down the road about a half mile from the doc’s office when there was a dark colored bit of motion at the right edge of my peripheral vision.
As I looked in the rearview mirror to see what it was, something bounced off the inside of the sunroof glass of the car then there was a sharp pain on my right shoulder and something was hitting me in the ear…!.
I admit I swerved the car a bit (OK, a lot), and yelled out loud
and maybe peed myself just a little bit before realizing that a bird had happened to enter the car through the sunroof while I was in the doc’s office and had apparently been in the backseat footwell when I scanned the interior of the car before unlocking it….and had tried to exit through the same sunroof while I was driving down the road at about 40 mph and had bounced off the glass before falling onto my right shoulder.
I pulled over and let him out and let my heart rate go back to normal. Both of us were unharmed.
I am, however, rethinking this sunroof decision.