It has been a long day, longer than I have wanted but cable Si Fi is showing The City on the Edge of Forever. This would have to be my all time favourite episode of Star Trek, it’s been like 15 years since I have seen this so I am rapt. It is one of the best episodes of the original Star Trek written by Harlon Elison. I have read a couple of books of his and he worked with Roy Thomas on the Avengers at one stage. So its just about to start then …………………. the wife answers the mobile and its our son he has just been involved in an accident. I try and follow the conversation, the first thing that comes to the surface is that has anyone been injured, has an ambulance been called. No. OK what the fuck is going on. Thankfully where its occurred is only a a klick away. So we drive then to find out what is going on. We get there and I see that the whole right hand side,the drivers side in Oz of his car has been creamed he is lucky to be alive. Its that simple. He is in shock his mother is now in shock but, me no time that I have to stay focused and find out what has happened. I see the other driver she has just given details to my wife but you can tell she is in a bad way. The Police are not coming as no one has to go to hospital, WTF?. His mother is in the car dealing with him and I speak to the young woman. She is in shock, shaking badly she knows how close to a total fucking disaster the situation has come too. I get her to sit down and we talk, fuck the insurance we are going be crucified anyway. We talk for about ten minutes it could be longer but time is stretching out. I keep looking at my son he has not moved from behind the wheel of the car since the accident. My wife is also in shock, a few people from houses come out to see what is going on. Are we making that much noise? I am with the other driver we talk, she tells me this I tell her that, meanwhile I can see and hear my wife talking with our son. My wife is trying to keep it under control our son is losing it. The other driver is in shock, trembling, not as violently as when I first spoke with her but still. She knows how close to a pine box both my son and her have come too. Eventually she is able to drive back to her place which is only a klick away. Time has slowed right down at this point everything is in slow motion. I know that I am in shock it was seeing the drivers side of the car that did it for me. But having worked in mental health all that old training has kicked in. There is an accident, is anyone injured no. Ok what is going on then. Focus someone has to stay in charge here and your it. The wife and I deal with our son, time for the Police later. He cant open the drivers side door but we can get him to drive home. We get him home and then it blows up he was being an idiot and he admits this. Major argument ensures I simply cannot cope with him at present after what has happened. So I walk out and call up a mate. My mate has a son the same age and I find out from him his son has skipped the reservation earlier today and he has no idea where he is. I buy a six pack of premixed OP Bundy, by now I know I am running on pure adrenaline . Its only when I leave the supermarket that I realise that the stupid teenage girl on the checkout has charged me for a can instead of a six pack. $6 versus $30. Fuck it I arrive at my mates place we talk compare our sorrows and I realise that my son could have been killed tonight due to his stupidity. WTF I know I am in still in shock five hours later I as its now 1.30am I am wide awake and the alcohol I have drunk tonight has done nothing to take the edge off. Can someone please tell me what is going on here? Fuck it there has to be something at this time of night on cable as I am a long way from sleep. PS I hope the fuck this makes sense.