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I hate this week

Which is fine, because it hates me too.

This morning was off to a fine start.  My parents were going to swing by the office so that we can swap vehicles.  They take my car, and I take Mom's Jeep.  The point of this process is so that I can have the Jeep for the run up to Boston on Saturday to borrow tables and benches for the Acorns & Pearls event.  With the Jeep we can pick up what we would like to borrow, as opposed to being constrained by the size limits of a compact car.

Notice the use of the past tense?

This morning was going pretty well.  With Bob's help I remembered to grab the quilt that my mom offered to mend for me and the last ultrasound pictures to show her, and I remembered to grab the spare key all by myself.  I even managed to get out to the garage last night with the shop vac to make the interior moderately presentable.  When I got to work I pulled out everything I need to keep with me - garage door opener, etc.  For some reason, I turned to look back at the car as I walked up the sidewalk.  Passenger side rear tire is flat.  Not rim-on-the-ground flat, but really close.

So I've called my parents, and called them off.  Bob is on his way back here from Pratt & Whitney, because apparently in my delicate state I shouldn't be changing tires.  Frankly, I'm not dressed for it and I haven't used a scissors jack in years.  He's going to swap on the emergency donut from either his car or mine (depending on which one actually has air in it,) and run the tire to either Town Fair or BJ's for repair.  Thereby losing most of a morning's work, if not more.

So now I need to work a trip down to Brookfield into the schedule to swap the cars.  I guess I'm not making that bonus trip to Ikea tonight to buy a couple of bookcases while I had the Jeep like I had planned.  Crud.

Best case scenario is that we can have it fixed in good enough time today that I can make the run down tonight.  In which case, perhaps there can be bookcases tomorrow.

I suppose I should be grateful that the disasters in our lives have been diminishing in intensity, but on mornings like this I just want the world to go pick on someone else. 

EDIT: Nope.  Rim-on-the-ground-flat.  I'm pretty sure that happened since I came in the building this morning.  Bob is on his way home to get a proper socket, a breaker bar, and a new lug nut.  One of them won't come off, so we can't get the flat off the car.  Which is a story all it's own, which probably won't be told here.  


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May. 15th, 2008 01:37 pm (UTC)
How about this as a suggestion? I live closer than your parents and I own a minivan with lots of room. You are welcome to borrow the van tonight if you need to. Just send me an e-mail at first name.last name family(all one word).com
May. 15th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
That's so sweet! I'm going to pass though. Actually, if I have to drive down and get the Jeep I get to spend a little more time with my mom than I would have just passing in the parking lot. So there's a silver lining.

But thank you!
May. 15th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
Cars are such a royal pain in the ass sometimes. Good that your hubbie is being helpful. Crappy that the tire/wheel is stuck. Good that you get to hang with Mom!
May. 15th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
Aren't they though? But it's a bigger pain not having them. Tire is trashed - I was on it long enough before I knew it was flat to destroy the sidewall. Naturally my car takes tires that you have to *order.* So the current plan is to limp home on the donut, drive down to Brookfield with Bob, have dinner with my parents, and take the Jeep. On Sunday we will stop by the BJ's in Waterbury (as opposed to Wallingford) to order the tire, drop the Jeep back at my parents, and when we get home switch the snow tires onto my car for however long it takes the new tire to show up. Luckily the snows are almost dead also, so I won't be trashing them by driving them in the summer.

But it'll be nice to have dinner with my folks.
May. 15th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
Umm, color me stupid here, but you have to order special tires? That seems a bit crazy.

In the long run mightn't it be cheaper and more convenient just to get new wheels/rims so you can use standard tires like the rest of us?
May. 16th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
You'd have to ask the man about the tires - he picked them out. On the other hand, super spiffy good all-weather tires are generally worth the trouble. Rims for the car are multiple hundreds each. Also, since these tires are pretty new, I'd have to buy four new ones.

I think this might be my third flat tire *ever*, and we won't talk in a public forum about how I got the first one when I was 17... It's generally not a problem.

We'll be ordering the new snows too - it looks like there may be a good deal on some good tires from Tire Rack...
May. 15th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
There is a bright side...
...at least it didn't go flat in downtown Trenton...

...during February...

...and it was 5:00 pm and getting dark fast.

(Don't worry: happy ending.)

Still, major bummer that the car isn't cooperating. :^(
It's also great that Bob is so handy. :^)
May. 15th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
Re: There is a bright side...
It definitely could have been worse. It could have blown a MAP sensor...

...at mile marker 89 in DuBois, PA on I-80...

...in February...

...at 10pm...

...on a Friday.

That one had a happy ending also.
May. 16th, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
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