Wednesday, August 16, 2006


Today, I succeeded in shredding my tire and (maybe) damaging my rim (see picture) by driving out of the parking garage at work and somehow entering the twilight zone where you unknowingly incur a flat and try to get on the freeway. Suddenly, you realize that something is just not quite right, and you should probably get off the freeway, except you can't because the next exit spits you out on the tollway, so you have to crawl along some more until you can finally exit. Then you pull into the carpark of a restaurant off of the service road and then you call your husband. You get out of your car and you see that not only can you smell it, but it is indeed smoking.



You go into the restaurant and have a water while you wait for DH to rescue you. After a while, you decide to "prepare the car" and you dig out the doughnut and the jack and the tools and prepare to do this thing.

Immediately, Greg, on business from Wyoming, appears to help you. You let him, of course, but you keep the wrench in your hand. Greg removes the shredded tire and applies the doughnut and goes on his merry way.

DH arrives right then and we decide that the doughnut could probably use some air in it, so we take it off, take it to get air put in it and come back and put it on again. Then we drive, each in our own car to the Tire Place Close By to get a new tire.

Tire Man looks at the rim and advises that we might need a new rim and suggests that we get that before we get a new tire.


Finally get home and start looking for places to get a salvage rim and this is what I find (see picture up there?) . Are you kidding me?


Blogger Zeus said...

Ok that's a bit ridiculous for a rim price. I feel your pain, Kerry, because after the vet's on Monday, I had to get both of my two front tires replaced and have the alignment completed. The price was more than I wanted to pay, but it needed to be done. I hope everything got fixed in the end for you!

11:01 PM  
Blogger Dot said...

OMG! Sorry to hear that! It sucks. I once drove OVER a fallen rim on the expressway and ruined my sister's car.

12:23 AM  
Blogger Suz said...

I can't belive rims cost that much. i see them on the side of the road all the time. I should start collecting them and selling them on ebay or something. if i find onw like you need i'll mail it to you. it's always nice to have a man come to the rescue. even if you are an independent woman!

10:06 PM  
Blogger Kukka-Maria said...

I'm trying to reconcile the cost of the rim. Logically, it should be proportionate to the value of the car, right?

Do you drive a Rolls Royce? ;)

That sucks. Glad you were safe, though. Both from the tire thing and from Greg, the potential rapist and murderer! Good thinking with the wrench!

10:58 AM  

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