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Screw this

Today I didn’t get a flat tire.

We were in Birmingham for my boys’ swim meet (in which they each dropped many seconds over four events–yay!). Afterward, on the hunt for grass-fed beef–trying something new, joke away Rich–we decided to stop at Whole Foods. Haven’t been to that pricey place in ages, but we stuck the cow and a few other things in a cooler with ice and were on our way out of the parking lot when the ominous thump, thump started.

But my flat tire indicator wasn’t lit. Weird. We pulled over to check it out and this is what we found. My not flat tire. (Apologies to my Twitter friends who’ve already seen this.) ūüėČ



Flat or not, we weren’t about to drive 80+ miles on it. Nor on the spare.

Thanks to modern technology (iPhone) I found a tire place while my husband put on the spare. Two l-o-n-g hours of trying to ignore the extra loud baseball game on a TV with spotty sound (don’t even know who was playing), tweeting, facebooking, reading saved articles on Instapaper (see, I knew that would come in handy), checking email, and completely depleting my already half-dead iPhone battery, they had patched the tire and put it back on.

My kids were gems, by the way.

The biggest surprise was that the screw was blunt. It’s a mystery to me how something like that can get embedded in a tire, but I must have hit it just right. As we left, the guy behind the counter added the screw to a jug of items they’ve pulled out of tires. A motley collection of beat up metal of all kinds. Nails, screws, a flat wrench, wire, and so on.

I wish I’d taken a picture.¬†It’s fascinating to me that each piece of metal represented someone else’s flat (or not) tire story.

Most likely much more interesting than this one.
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0 Comments

  1. Reply

    Wow. At least you noticed it before you ended up completely flat somewhere you couldn’t get help for… oh, say, hours… (yes, that is personal experience coloring my statement… LOL)

    Glad the boys did so well at meet! WooHoo!

  2. Reply

    I was catching up with your tweets Gwen and saw that you had two flat tires this week-end?
    Unbelievable!!
    I hope you will have a better luck next week:)
    Mirella

    • Reply

      Mirella: It’s been weird. Both tires had screws in them, but one I picked up out of town and my husband’s car was local. Still, we had good circumstances. Thanks for the well wishes. Have a great week!

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      Sybir: I *do* love my iPhone. How did I ever live without it? I was thinking about how different it would have played out if we’d had to ask someone where a tire place was, or drive around looking. Especially since most gas stations don’t have garages anymore.

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