December 10, 2004

A Tale of Two Flat Tires

Jen called me at work on Wednesday afternoon to say that she had a flat tire. She had picked up Madeleine from school, and was within walking distance of home, so I told her to leave the car there and I'd take care of it.

I drove home, changed clothes, then headed over in my car to find Jen's car. In a jiffy, I jacked it up, pulled the flat tire off, put the donut on, and brought the flat back to our house to attempt a repair. It had a nail in it, and I was confident in my ability to fix such a trivial puncture.

Well, the nail was wedged in really tightly. It had snaked its way in almost sideways, so I had to pull it out with a pair of pliers. Well, as soon as the nail came out, it went flying out of the pliers and into the driveway somewhere. Unfortunately, our driveway is gravel, with lots of nail-looking sticks laying around, and -- with it being winter and getting really dark early -- I couldn't find the thing after five minutes of intense searching. Oh well, I thought. What are the odds of it puncturing a tire again? After determining that the tire, which was hissing air out the sidewall, was beyond my skills to repair, I headed out to the grocery store in my car for some stuff we needed.

The next morning, I discovered that my car had a flat tire (same one; rear driver's side). I cannot tell you -- without offensive language -- the precise thoughts going though my head, but I knew if it was the same crooked nail, that I would have to call in sick and go for anger management counseling or something. A single nail, embodying such evil power to render two tires flat, would surely need to be taken to Mordor and destroyed in the fires of Mount Doom.

I was actually happy -- happy I say -- to finally find the philips head of the screw sticking out of my tire.

Posted December 10, 2004 6:16 PM

remind me to park on the street and not in your gravel lot the next time I stop by The Porch! I sures don't wants a nail in my tires :)

Posted by: djchuang at December 11, 2004 11:56 AM

One word - "magnet"! Tends to help distinguish between nail-looking sticks and the real thing... :)

Posted by: Michelle at December 14, 2004 8:52 AM


Posted by: wilsonian at January 8, 2005 10:55 AM