unclepercy, what a dreadful dilemma. You have all my sympathy.. Haggis gave some good advice. If I want to stop sneezing I press my thumb and forefinger across the bridge of my nose; works every time.. though I hasten to add that I do not suffer too often, as you seem to do, from sneezing.
I also have a ridiculous story to tell.. unfortunately it may come across as boring since there is no ending to the story.. !!
It was a couple of years ago; I was late in picking up a friend from work. Late, sunny summer afternoon; smooth road, fine mist of rain had just fallen, and I was rather putting my foot down; not panicking, I'm rarely phased by events out of my control, but I hate to be late..
There was noone else on the wide road, no buildings except a bowling alley ahead on my left. As it hove into view I watched for patrons emerging, and was relieved to find none within my field of vision.
I failed to see however, the very new looking vehicle, a nice shiny red car stationary, in the centre of the road, indicating a right turn. I stood on the brakes, but knew that a hit was inevitable. As I sped nearer to the car, and being a very observant individual, even in a crisis, I noticed from the rear view I had of him that the driver looked to be around fiftyish and rather distinguished.
Having stood on the brakes the damage was less severe than expected.. his car shot forward a couple of feet, and I heard the crunch of taillights etc. There was no question that the guy knew he was hit, his bumper was hanging on the ground. Sinking my head onto my arms that were across the steering wheel I thought oh er.. sugar!
A second or two later I looked up, expecting to confront an angry driver, only to see the car speeding away from me and disappearing into the sunset. I was totally stunned!! Some people hearing the crash from the bowling alley came out, but only saw me sitting in my car, in the middle of the road..
I picked up my friend from work and drove to a police station, where I was warned that if the other driver came forward and complained I could be charged with driving without due care and attention. They said that the other driver may have stolen the car he was driving, but I simply couldn't believe this, as the guy looked so distinguished.
What happened that day I will never understand, and nothing ever came of it. To this day I remain bemused by the whole episode.. ??!!? Beats me!