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Flat Tire

This is the icon I normally use for "SICK!" ... when I remember to ... and came from "CLEAN OUT YOUR MUCUS" which is a bizarre page somewhere.


So, I had a Life Maintenance Hell moment tonight.

I got off work early (since I'll be running tests tonight and this weekend) to pick up a second shelf so I can make the more-stable treadmill shelf for the keyboard. Which I can then use when my stupid little toe gets over being sprained or broken or whatever it is. (I kicked a chair. It was an accident. A cat was in my way.)
Although I wasn't able to get the high density closed-cell foam block I wanted to use.

After Lowe's, I headed towards home, and realized that I needed to drop off recyclables, which I happened to have. So I did, and then as I left the depot, the inimitable VUB VUB VUB of a flat tire... not the left front, which has acted like it wanted to have a slow leak forever. No, the left REAR tire, and it utterly refused to inflate adequately - it got enough air to drive the 500 yards to the nearby Chevron station where I tried to put in more air... and it started bubbling and fizzing with great gusto.

Hooray. So. Moved the stuff out of the trunk. Put the stuff into the back seat. Got out the "spare tire" - aka the 'donut' because it 'donut last more than 25 miles' at highway speeds. Evil thing. Lifted the car on the jack. Tried to take off the wheel, or rather, the very stiff lug nuts. Brain attack. Lowered car to ground. Loosened each nut. This takes at LOT more work than I expected, and I had to stand on the wrench to get the last two off. (On the other hand, excellent workout.)

Mounted the mini-wheel, and off to Les Schwab Tires (at 5:50) and get there JUST AS THEY ARE CLOSING.
They checked the tire, find a half-inch rip, and I got to buy a new (used) tire for $35.

Which is sufficient, as I will be replacing all four of them sometime in the coming year anyway.

So, they delivered me the tire, and I put it on myself. I'll have to make sure it's properly tightened tomorrow.

Rather grungy and tired, I stopped at Zab Thai (where I got a VERY hot and spicy green papaya salad last week; this one was much more mildly spiced, although I blacked out for a half hour or so after I ate it.)

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anita_margarita
Dec. 29th, 2007 04:58 am (UTC)
I'm not sure which is more disturbing: the Bo Derek hair or the guy apparently twisting his own nipple.
foomf
Dec. 29th, 2007 05:07 am (UTC)
I remember that Penny and I would watch "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego" just for their odd little musical clues. (That, and there was nothing else worth having on while we were fixing dinner.)
drath
Dec. 29th, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC)
"Who said what now?"

I don't see any Bo Derek Cornrows [tm] or nurple twisting. Might be a resolution problem with the Youtube feed, but I've seen that clip on television and neither of the above were present.
anita_margarita
Dec. 29th, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
In the beginning the guy in the blue t-shirt is doing his spiel, "yes, Mrs. Sanders..." and he appears to be twisting his nipple.
And the tall guy in the back row on the left: cornrows.
foomf
Dec. 30th, 2007 06:27 am (UTC)
I thought he was adjusting his microphone clip. Chest hair catching, ouch.
drath
Dec. 30th, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
There they are... I see the cornrows now, had to wait for a closeup on the right guy. I'm reasonably sure the "twisting" is just an illusion though.
foomf
Dec. 29th, 2007 05:01 am (UTC)
BWAHAHA!
drath
Dec. 31st, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC)
Here's another vocals-only that cracks me up. It's the Underdog theme in Italian. The ending voiceovers are also completely out of character emotionally... JD and Perry as played by Braff and McGinley are supposed to sound (JD) petrified and (Perry) sarcastically dismissive, here they both sound so damn cheerful!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wU0QX4Bkjcc&feature=related
foomf
Dec. 31st, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
I don't watch "scrubs" so the majority of the humor is lost on me, except for the novelty of seeing four guys singing the Underdog theme in Italian, a capella.
drath
Dec. 31st, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
In English then, with additional footage at the front.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUO1kFs3tLc
anita_margarita
Dec. 29th, 2007 04:56 am (UTC)
I read some advice once that seemed like a pretty good thing to me: when you have a tire replaced, do not let the mechanic use that automatic super-duper lug nut tightener, unless you always plan to have flat tires in convenient locations. The chances of most average humans being able to unscrew the damn things is not good. Have the mechanic tighten the lug nuts by hand instead.
foomf
Dec. 29th, 2007 05:03 am (UTC)
They're supposed to use a torque wrench - that is, a device that won't allow them to increase the tension past a certain point - because if you don't there's a tendency to STRIP the lug nuts, or worse, the screws, which can result in an undrivable vehicle.
dvandom
Dec. 29th, 2007 06:24 am (UTC)
Once when I had a flat, the lugnuts had rusted on (lost that hubcap on a pothole months earlier), and I had to jump on the lug wrench while the AAA guy held onto it.
drath
Dec. 29th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
That's why you go for the tires that have little watertight lugnut ornaments.
foomf
Dec. 30th, 2007 06:23 am (UTC)
There's no hubcap, but the nuts are those special sealed kind.
kwsapphire
Dec. 29th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC)
Dood, I HATE flat tires. It's like.. it's not the end of the world, but it's one of those PAIN IN THE FREAKING ASS problems. Sorry you had to deal with it. :(
foomf
Dec. 30th, 2007 06:17 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was disgusted until I remembered, "Duh, I know how to deal with this mess."
drath
Jan. 10th, 2008 06:31 pm (UTC)
I saw something on tv once, a little caddy that you place under the flat and snap into place, with the idea that your car can roll along on the caddy's four little wheels. I can't get my brain around how it stays flush with the ground while the axel is spinning, but it must be some application of physics to do with inertia and the friction of the road being greater than the friction of the mount. There's also a restraining strap that keeps it connected to the car in the event that it pops loose for any reason.

Don't know if that solution would work any better than the "gunk in a nozzle" solution that you spray right into the stem valve on the tire itself in a situation with that large a rip in the tire.
foomf
Jan. 10th, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
It has to have some kind of jack or lift. It could not be used safely on a drive wheel.
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