Saturday, November 03, 2007

My Day

How the wordsmobile looked this morning:

And this evening:

When I changed the "tire" ( Tire?! What tire?!? Lol...more like peeled the scrap of rubber off), my mood deflated further when I jacked the car back down and saw that the spare tire was almost flat. *sigh* I harzard-light drove to the next off-ramp and pumped some air in at the local gas station; then made the journey home from Long Beach to Santa Monica. I'm supposed to be back in Long Beach tomorrow morning, again!

I'm tired.

How was your day?



Anonymous Amy Proctor said...


Saturday, November 03, 2007 10:56:00 PM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Is the rim okay?

My husband and I had a similar experience when we were on our way back from Indiana this past summer. We managed to get air into that donut before damage to it was done. Good thing! We have 18-inch chrome wheels (after-market) on our Mustang.

Sunday, November 04, 2007 8:19:00 AM  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

On the bright least the Camero did not lose its luster.

Been there done that and I feel your pain......oh no does that sound like a Democrat ? LOL

Here you go, now to sound like a Republican.... remember there are still three tires that are fine and you will be able because of your freedoms from government to get the fourth fixed! How's that ?

Sunday, November 04, 2007 8:38:00 AM  
Blogger Curt said...

Always seems to be the case that bad luck comes in waves. At least the car is running now =)

Sunday, November 04, 2007 10:14:00 AM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Word: hey, don't feel so bad, at least you don't drive a Subaru AWD car. When I encountered a similar situation, the manual DEMANDS that all the tires match in order to enable proper AWD. Well, good luck, depending on where one's blowout occurs (and when: in the winter, at the snow line)! One shredded tire for me = FOUR new tires instead of just one. Just a HAIR more expensive than anticipated, when I couldn't find a local dealer with similar tires!


Another reason I don't drive a Subaru anymore, and went to a '07 Toyota RAV-4 4WD.

Sunday, November 04, 2007 4:09:00 PM  
Blogger J_G said...

I'm glad you weren't injured and besides having to change your tyre out on the highway you're OK.

Looks like that tire had catastrophic tread separation. If that tire is a Bridgestone or Firestone get the manufacturer to replace it and check the other tires to make sure they are not recalled versions. Never, ever, ever, ever buy a Bridgestone or Firestone tyre. They do what you are looking at in your picture on a regular basis and have been recalled many times.

The Firestone tyres leave out an essential safety component called a "nylon overlay" during the manufacturing process. Ford told them to take their tyres and shove it, ending a nearly 3/4 of century partnership. Some companies deserve to go out of business.

Maryjane 1 had Firestone tyres on her and I found out very quickly about all of this through a friend that had a family member seriously injured in an accident caused by Firestone tyres catastrophic tread separation. I took MJ 1 back to the dealer and forced them to put Goodyear tyres on her under threat of lawsuit. MJ 1 was a 2003 GMC Sierra and MJ 2 is a 2005. MJ 1 had a boo boo when an unlicensed, uninsured and irresponsible driver ran a stop sign and wrecked MJ 1 in 2004. The insurance company paid to have her fixed and after they did I traded her in six months later.

Sunday, November 04, 2007 6:10:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...


I said more than just that when it happened. (^_^)


I'm pretty sure the rim's fine.


Thanks for the optimism.


I'm still smarting from the summer when it took over a month to get the engine replaced.


I'm thankful for arriving at a space off the freeway when the blowout occurred; as well as enough daylight.

I'm also thankful for not having lost the wheel lock, which is rare and expensive for my vehicle.


I wish I could take you with me when I bring my car in tomorrow for a new tire (another one has a nail in it). Haven't even heard about the recall on those tires.

Sunday, November 04, 2007 7:28:00 PM  
Blogger mormonbradybunchdad said...

A hell of a lot better than yours.

Monday, November 05, 2007 7:05:00 AM  
Blogger Dee said...

LOL :-) On the bright side that is a pretty nice car :-).

I can relate. We got 2 flats on our van recently from road construction. The VERY NEXT DAY our transmission totally went out. The van is fixed but we are now much poorer, cars suck!!

Monday, November 05, 2007 10:37:00 PM  
Blogger Mike's America said...

You got a new car and you wrecked it already?

Tuesday, November 06, 2007 4:39:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Neither new, nor wrecked.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007 8:16:00 PM  

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