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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Moving Up

As a few long time readers of this silly blog know, I am the Queen Of The Flat Tire. No vehicle is immune to my power. Every single car I've owned has been plagued by this nuisance. And, as a testament to my ever growing power, this year brought a few added bonuses.

In March, while borrowing a friend's van, I ended up with a flat tire. We're not talking a little lost air. We're talking rim on the ground, completely flat.

But I believe I may have reached the pinnacle of my flat tire awesomeness on Friday night. No longer content with merely a lowly flat I have moved on to ...

... a complete and utter explosion. How's this for raising the flat tire bar, eh? Aren't you impressed? Aren't you doubly impressed that I'm even here to write about it? Did I mention this happened on the freeway? In rush hour traffic? Yeah, either go big or go home, that's my motto. I don't think this one is repairable.

How did this happen? Well let me tell you. Just because a tire looks brand new tread wise, if the tires have been sitting on the car while it's been parked for SIX YEARS they have been exposed to the elements. Contracting in the winter, expanding in the summer, you get the idea. And they deteriorate. As we can clearly see above.

So tomorrow, providing my car is still on the freeway where I left it (did I mention my cell phone was dead and I had to walk to the next off ramp?), I will be purchasing four new tires. Any bets on how long before I get my next flat?


  • At 4:26 AM, Blogger trek said…

    Gah! Truly frightening. I once ran over a shard of disc brake plate in a snow storm.
    Guy at the tire shop saved it as a trophy of the the largest thing he'd ever taken out of a tire. :o(


    On a related note, when we bought new tires for the minivan this summer (replacing the original set), we were going to buy the 60K model because the van is only 4½ years old and sporting 35K miles. We figured that the 75K units were overkill since the tires would likely dry rot on the rims in 9 years - before we even hit 70K miles.

    PS - We did get the 75K model anyway: the tire place only had three of the 60Ks and gave us a free upgrade to four new 75Ks.

    GOOD LUCK with the car/tires!!!!

  • At 10:09 AM, Blogger aija said…

    ??!! OMG, I'm glad you're okay!!

  • At 4:21 PM, Blogger Sheepish Annie said…

    I've had my share of flat tires. But I bow before your obvious Flat Tire Awesomeness. That is impressive!

    I'm off to go charge my cell now. I like to think I learn from the experiences of others. And I can't recall the last time my phone had juice...

  • At 9:27 PM, Blogger Valerie said…

    CHEEZ. Can't beat that. What a hellish day! At least you got a blog post out of it... I hope that's the worst thing that happens to you for the next five years! :-)

  • At 12:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yikes, you really do go big, don't you? I'm glad you're okay!

  • At 9:13 PM, Anonymous Wendy said…

    Glad you are okay. I want to warn you though that a lot of times if you car is left alongside the freeway it is considered a road hazard and it will get towed to an impound lot. It generally costs over $100 to get the vehicle out of the lot. Sorry...not trying to scare you, but warn you. This happened to me, even though I got there when they had just hooked my car up to tow. They wouldn't release the vehicle to me, I was too late.


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