Twitter is where the peeps are at..

Two days ago I getting ready to leave work when I received this txt message from my wife

Car accident. Pls help me. Cops coming

Um what?!! No mention of an ambulance being needed – so that’s good. I called – it goes to voice mail. As you can imagine, my packing up to head out the door went much faster than usual.. I finally get through. My wife, and our 4 kids were driving when they got rear-ended, and the person just took off leaving them there. Seriously?!!

Nobody is hurt too bad, just shaken up, and sore (sigh of relief)… we need to get them all to the ER to double check backs and necks. Fortunately I work about 15 minutes from where this happened; I leave immediately , sending out this tweet.


I actually arrive on the scene before the police or fire department, 1 witness stopped, but then left without giving his name because he was driving without a drivers license! Another person, saw the whole thing, then followed the car and got his license plate, phoning that in to 911. (Hooray for proactive active citizens!)

So, to the 2 people that stopped – thank you. Thank you for having the decency to make sure that my family was ok and safe, and to even tracking the license plate down to make sure that the police can follow up with the person that hit them. Thank you.

We did go to the ER. One of my girls had to ride in the ambulance because we were the most concerned about her and the possibility of neck injuries. Bottom line: everyone checked out OK, they’re just going to be very sore for the next couple of days.

In the meantime.. twitter and Facebook blew up with friends responding, and reaching out to my wife and I . Here’s a quick snap shot….

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Wow… twitter really is where the people are! .. and on that note. Thanks to Mark Miller, Seth Juarez, Michael Letterle, Allen Shaw, Brandon Kelly, Joel Dow, Jeffrey Palermo, Tim Mitchell, Erik Porter, Darcy Lussier, Amanda Hardeman, Alan Stevens, Keyvan Nayyeri, Dustin Davis, Scott Koon, Cori Drew, Javier Lozano, Jeff Blankenburg, David Yancey, Laurent Bugnion, Randy Peterman and others…

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Thank you all for the prayers, thoughts, DM’s and in general being great people and encouraging me during a rough night. I’m still recovering from all of what that took out of me, both emotionally, and it’s also amazing what that does to a person’s physical energy!

About Caleb Jenkins

Caleb Jenkins is the founder and principal mentor for Proaction Mentors, a development and architecture mentoring group. He is probably best known for his work with Microsoft Corporation as a Developer Evangelist and as a technology expert and speaker for the International .NET Association. He currently works with Sabre Airline Solutions as an Agile Coach to mentor agile teams around the globe to be more awesome. He also works as a technical editor and author for Wrox Press and as the host, cameraman and editor for CommunityCast TV. Caleb is well known for his engaging speaking style, depth of knowledge and creative energy. Caleb lives in the Dallas area where he continues to date his beautiful wife and busies himself playing Candy Land and Xbox 360 with their four incredible children. Occasionally he writes curriculum, speaks at conferences, and writes code for silly things like Twitter applications. Eventually he'll post some of the gazillion interviews that he's recorded on CommunityCast or blog at You can follow him on twitter (@calebjenkins) and if you're still reading this, then you could also subscribe to his blog RSS feed or sign up to receive updates by email