Moral of the story: don't drive into axle-deep puddles at 25 mph. I mean, I already knew that, and it was quite dark and I literally couldn't see the puddle (it looked like rainslick street to me). My $375 puddle.
In other news, michaeljasper got a conditional acceptance pending rewrite for a collaborative short piece. Don't suppose we'll get it together in time for that to be a 2005 acceptance, but it's still cool. I'll announce for sure when/if all is complete. Nice little lagniappe, though.