Thursday, July 07, 2005

Blow out

I have discovered a great way to de-stress after a long, hard day: blow out one of your tires 5 minutes away from your house. It is so much fun and not at all inconvenient. I tried this last night, and I was never more relaxed or pleasant to be around. I actually got lucky because my spare tire is located underneath my car so rather than just lifting up the bottom of my trunk and taking out the tire, I got to unscrew the longest bolt ever created on planet Earth for a good 15 minutes before my tire plummeted to the ground. Then I got to crawl down on the ground-which was pretty clean except for all the dirt and grease-in my work clothes and pull it out. Luckily tires are lightweight-I mean, you know, compared to the actual car itself.

I'm pretty sure my dad was happy to come and help instead of going home to his wife and eating dinner and relaxing. I can tell he appreciated the sudden change in plans. Thankfully we got it changed and headed to Sears where we met a terrifically helpful guy who couldn't help us at all.
I'm telling you-if you ever get the chance, you should try this out. It is too much fun.

A for real letter to Yunus, the manager at NTB (National Tire and Battery) in Middleburg Heights,
Thank you for explaining why the tread on the tires of an all wheel drive SUV have to be the same and for offering an alternate solution since apparently the tires that came with the car are good but not available for purchase in the entire continent. And extra thank you for staying late AFTER YOU WERE CLOSED to fix it for me. Same goes to Tim who actually did the work. You guys are my new best friends, and I will have your babies if you wish.

Love,
Sarah

14 comments:

Violet said...

That sucks. I never thought about it but I guess it really isn't such a great idea to put the tire under the car! Glad you're ok!

Kara0303 said...

LMAO! I was at NTB yesterday in Marietta, GA myself. And I, too, will willfully have the manager's babies for getting me in and out with a new battery before my 2pm meeting with the VPs. Heck, I'll even stick around and be a mother to the babies if my business card gets drawn to get a free alignment! I mean, that's a $69 value!

danielle said...

wow hor. i'm so sorry i punched that hole in your tire now.

Adam said...

danielle, did you do that with your bare fist??!?!? You're hardcore!

Charlotte said...

Oh, I feel for you.. same thing happened to me- during rush hour!

sassyassy said...

Well, it sounds like a fun way to end your evening. Cindy dumped buckets of rain on my area yesterday and I thought for sure Murphy would visit me: I was driving the Frontier, with a broken/sprained ankle (doctor's can't decide), and I had no umbrella. It was the ideal situation for a flat tire...it seems like Murphy veered to GA & visited you & kara.

Diane said...

WTF!! No credit at all?! Thanks! I'm just saying I didn't eat my dinner in between attempts at loosening the bolts. Granted, they didn't budge at all when I tried because i'm weak, but I did sacrifice the little bit of time I had between work and class to try to help. I'll remember this.

Sarah said...

Diane, thanks for driving up, unscrewing the bolt that holds the tire for 5 seconds then leaving to go get your dinner. Then coming back and eating in front of me and trying to get off 2 lugnuts and not moving them at all then leaving. I couldn't have done it without you. And by "it" I mean gotten jealous because I wanted some food.

russ said...

You know the "step on the wrench" trick, right? And if that doesn't work, the "bounce on the wrench" trick?

Sarah said...

Russ, we actually didn't even think to do that then my dad showed up and immediately did it. So yes-now we know it. Dammit, Russ, where were you with this information before I got the flat!?

russ said...

Maybe I should bust out another gender-stereotyping rant. :)

Sorry 'bout your flat. I knew nuthin' about them until I had to change like 5 in a year span in high school. I know one thing fer sure now -- don't hit curbs.

John said...

Russ would never be sober enough to change a tire.

LizzieDaisy said...

I would just like to point out that if you had just lifted your shirt to the first trucker who happened by, you would not have had to crawl under your car. :)

Sorry about your day. Hope it got better later. And dang, you are as funny as your brother. Assuming he wasn't lying about that whole twin thing. Even if you are really Steven, his gay lover... still funny stuff, but you probably shouldn't be going around promising babies and all.

LizzieDaisy said...

I should read twice... female twin as in "she's just like me" not as in "she's my sister." Right? I'm slow. You can enjoy that at lunch tomorrow. :)