Okay, so this is getting ridiculous. Putin tried a third time to take me out today. First, the Thomas Fire. Second, the Montecito Mudslide. Third: Strolling in a valley town I hear a BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG!. Followed by people hollering and running in all directions, as if under attack by terrorists. Putin's assassin (or some lady drunk on wine tastings) plowed into multiple cars parked along the road, where I'd been standing ten seconds earlier.