From yesterday’s post you may recall that I had plans to get the Subaru washed this morning and then restock the food supplies. Small children had left a strew of crumbs in my car and empty shelves in my kitchen. Things got changed around, though.
Now, you must remember this, for the past five days we have been driving, driving, driving. About 650 miles, all told, what with round trips from San Mateo to Santa Rosa and Fresno to San Mateo. Freeway traveling. High speed traveling. The car packed with small children, suitcases, bags of snack foods, toys, books.
Today, the Subaru was empty of all paraphernalia as it was going to be washed. Only a few blocks from the carwash, I thought I hit a pothole. Our city streets are notorious for these. But something didn’t seem right. There was a sound that continued after the pothole was passed. A sound that made me feel very uncomfortable. I turned onto a side street, got out, and found a flat tire!
AAA came in about 20 minutes and changed the tire. The technician noted that my spare tire was in such good shape but the tires on the car were worn. After the spare was put on, I drove in the opposite direction from the carwash to the tire store from where I had bought those tires about six years ago. Sure enough, they had 62,123 miles on them. The technician there told me I had certainly gotten my money’s worth.
“Replace them with the same tire,” I commanded. If they had done such a good job for the last six years, I wanted more just like them. (By the way, I have the type of car that has to have all four tires replaced at the same time.) It took about an hour to have the work done. I chatted with another customer during the wait, discovering that we had friends in common. Fresno is a small world.
When the technician called my name and gave me the invoice, he also gave me an envelope to mail in for a $60 rebate. I’ll take that.
Finally, I could continue on to the get the car washed. The grocery shopping can wait until tomorrow. Right now I am home, with air conditioning running, and feeling so thankful that the flat tire happened today on a city street and not a few days ago on the side of a freeway.