5:30 a.m.: Flat tire!1
6:30 a.m.: Donut tire.2
11:30 a.m.: Fixed tire!
2:30 p.m.: Flat tire!3
2:45 p.m.: Donut tire.4
Stay tuned. The saga continues. And I should probably mention that so far I have only tied – and have not broken – my record for number of flats in one day.
1. According to Laurel, Ethan told her a tire was hissing on the car Friday afternoon. She told him she was sure it was nothing. This morning, I got all geared up to go to the gym, started driving up the road, and got no more than 10 feet before I knew something was wrong.
2. Thanks to Greg, who woke up early to change it while I went on to the gym.
3. Yes, the same tire. The store told me they had ‘fixed’ a ‘rim leak.’ I think they only thing they fixed were drinks for themselves and everyone else in the full 30 minutes it took them to perform this task.
4. I probably would have been quicker about changing it if I hadn’t called Greg to notify the school I’d be late to get Laurel, and if the friendly neighborhood weirdo hadn’t found me. Okay, maybe that isn’t very nice, but a lady came wandering around the corner, purse in hand, to ask if I needed her to call someone (no, thank you). Meanwhile, I’ve got my nose in a crappy slow factory jack and am clearly a good third of the way through doing it myself. She couldn’t stop talking, though she was pleasant enough – even offering to give me a ride to pick up Laurel (no, thank you). I found out she has a daughter who works in the ER at St. Luke’s; that she herself lives in Festus; that her daughter’s boyfriend is laid off; that she doesn’t like to go anywhere that isn’t part of her daily plan; and that now she plans to show up unannounced for visits. Lucky day! To her credit, she made an otherwise onerous chore into a good story I’ll laugh about for some time to come. That laugh is sorely needed, by the way, because I’m pretty ticked at the store that ‘fixed’ that tire. The only thing that would’ve been better would have been if she’d knocked the car off the jack because she was leaning against it the whole time I was working.