Sitting here at Firestone writing this quick update, with a suggestion at the end.
Came out of work at News 14 last night, started to pull out of the parking lot and heard a noise. Lo and behold I had a flat tire on the passenger rear. Pulled into an area with at least a little light...but I'd had this car a year and had never looked at the spare or into the rear compartments. The tire had a big ol' metal screw stuck in the tread. Wheeeeeeee.
Subaru, even on their older models, have a really thorough little set-up, insofar as a removable tray with tools and other nice touches. Though a 1991 vintage, the car jack, I can guarantee you, had never seen the light of day...'twas in perfect unblemished condition. The donut tire looked just as perfect.
Can't say it was the fastest tire change as I had to find out where everything was, and without the help of a flashlight it was a tad more trying. Nonetheless, I was on my way soon enough. Kept my speed at 45mph as something didn't feel totally right, but didn't have to hit an expressway or anything like that.
Planned on getting to Firestone when they opened at 730a, as I'd bought my new tires there in July and had road hazard insurance on the tires. Planned on walking the pups at O-dark-thirty and then going over...with pups loaded I took off, only to have the rear of the car start swaying to the side a bit...pulled into the nearby gas station and, voila, the donut tire had suddenly gone flat. Found out the stem cracked at the base, I guess from age of just sitting without use.
You know the planets are misaligned when you get a double whammy like that during non-business hours. Ah, a joke...
What do my tire and I have in common? We both got screwed. As I typed that my wireless mouse batteries just died. And it's only 9am......
Thank goodness for AAA Plus. Found out I needed an inspection, which will help me avoid a $500 fine with this new stickerless inspection system NC has....you get no reminders, and it's up to you to remember the inspection is due 1 month prior to your tag renewal. Not on my list of things to remember.
Words of wisdom...keep a flashlight in the car somewhere, check your spare tire to make sure it's ready to roll if you need it, and make sure all the tools you might need are where they should be.
Then you glance at the TV in the waiting area, Haitian devastation plastered everywhere. So I was thrown off into a very inconvenient unplanned schedule. There are worse things.