Monday, March 26, 2007
Stinkin' Flat Tire
This is how my fun-filled Monday started out...with a freakin' flat tire.
I left home a little late...it is Monday after all...and I had to stop for gas and coffee on the way. By the way, I discovered this morning that my favorite place (Quick Trip) where I make my own version of a yummy caramel latte that costs $0.95 if you use their cup...only costs $0.63 if I take my own cup! I can save 32 cents a day!!!
Anyway, back to the story...I got my gas, got my coffee and headed off to my joyous job (note sarcasm). When I was less than 1 mile from work, I came across some wood in the road. I was heading south, but in the northbound lanes, it looked like someone had dropped a wood pallet that broke all over the road. There were two 6" x 1" splinters in my lane. I had coffee in one hand, the steering wheel in the other, and someone in the lane next to me...so I did my best to avoid the wood. I missed one piece and hit the other...and I heard a loud BOOM under my car as I passed by. My car continued to head south, so I kept driving to work, all the while thinking that the last time I hit something in the road -- a HUGE pothole in the dark -- I had to replace ALL 4 TIRES...not something that I wanted to repeat.
When I got to work and gathered all my junk and got out of the car, I heard the dreaded hissing sound coming from my left front tire. Stink! I got down on my hands and knees in the parking lot and tried to feel for the leak, but I couldn't find it. I called B and told him that I "had done something to my car"...which of course, only made him think about the pothole incident, as well.
I called AAA (thank God for AAA!), and the nicest guy showed up to help. He filled my tire with air, and then had me back up slowly so he could find the leak. He said if it was small then he could plug it right there, and I'd be good as new. It took a while to find it, which turned out to be good because it did end up to be a very small leak...and he plugged it, and now I'm good to go!
Whew! I so did not need to deal with a flat tire today or this week or ever! Now my Monday can get back to my normal dreaded day instead of an EXTRA dreaded day.
I hate Mondays! Unless I'm on vacation or on a holiday...