Got into the car this evening to go to Long Beach, had been asked to pick up a friend at the airport there. Hadn't known Long Beach was so far away--she said airport and I just assumed LAX was in some place called Long Beach. Anyway I hadn't slept in two days. I felt perfectly awake when I got in the car, but at some point during the nearly two hour drive (I took an inadvisable route), I started having corner-of-the-eye hallucinations. I saw a pile of clothes in the shape of a man in the passenger seat. What's that doing there?... looked over and of course there was nothing. Then I had a minor car accident. Uh-oh, I thought... the other car drifted over to the side of the road, flashing its lights. I pulled over behind it. The car was a big American sedan but it was weirdly dented and I could see all kinds of garbage bags and hundreds of old newspapers inside. Nice, a crazy person, I thought. Maybe he or she won't care to exchange insurance information. But will he or she try to harm me? A large woman got out. She was wearing a white muumuu/nightgown sort of thing and her hair was knotty and dredlocked, going in every direction. She had grey whiskers. I got out and said, "Are you okay??" She said, "Am I okay? Am I okay?" She was indignant. "OF COURSE I'm okay. GOD PROTECTS ME." I couldn't tell if any of the numerous dents in her car were a result of our collision, but she studied her car and pronounced it "fine," then asked me to look at it and say if I saw any damage. "No," I said. I didn't even look at my own car, I care so little about the thing that it literally didn't occur to me. She got back in her car. "Do you want my phone number or something?" I said. "What are you gonna pay for?" she said. "You see any damage?" I said, "No." She drove away. I drove on. I felt fine but wondered if adrenaline was masking pain. Kept thinking of the stories you hear about people in accidents whose neck injuries don't flare up until months later. Finally I got to Long Beach airport, which is no larger than a high school. I made my friend drive on the trip back, and when she drove it only took half an hour.