See, I TOLD you the gods hated me
On my way home tonight after work, my brakes went out. Totally, no resistance, down to the floor. In a narrow, busy village lane, with tons of commuter traffic. I found out that I was sans brakes when I tried to stop for one of those inconsiderate idiots who get a call on their mobile or whatever, and rather than bumping their car partially up on the sidewalk (there IS no pulling over onto the shoulder on a lot of roads here), they leave it smack in the middle of the lane. Shifted down, pumped the brakes like mad, and managed to slow and pull into an empty lot.
So, I guess I work from home tomorrow, and have our production meeting via ICQ. This is NOT great. :(