Sunday, June 21, 2015

Dear Fix-a-Flat ...

I'm so flatted ...


So, I have a CT Scan to get too and, whoa!  A very slow tire leak hath possessed my left rear tire.  But no worry, I had fortuitously just purchased a can of fix a flat (Tire sensor safe!).   Screwed the nipple on (mmmmmm, nipple) and pressed the trigger.  KABLOWWY!  The thing blew up in my face.  Opening my right eye just enough to navigate, I made it into the kitchen and sprayed my face. I wasn't blind, so there's that. 

Back outside I turned on the compressor and pumped the tire up to 32 lbs, and took off.   It was a slow leak after all.  On the off ramp to the hospital I feel the wheels go squishy, and—yup—the sound of flat tire.  With a line of cars behind me, and the parking garage just a football field away, I went for it.  KA-SLAPPETA
KA-SLAPPETA KA-SLAPPETA.  I parked right in front of the elevator in a do not park space, and made it with a minute to spare.  Shredded.

Did I say I don't have a cell phone?  Don't want one. I did have my I pad, so I took a pic of my location and posted it on MoSup's Facebook page (I don't do Facebook myself). A minute later I looked to see if it posted, and my daughter had already commented "Jimi (my S-I-L) on the way!" 

To finish in as few words as possible... When I got to the car Jimi had replaced the tire with the donut tire.  But it was flat.  We drove to a tire store with the rim and bought a new tire for $122.00.  Went back in time to face the beach traffic.  Got home.  Did I say MoSup had warned me to get the leak fixed?  She did not say a word.  She is a saint.

  1. PS- If the fix a flat  people see this, I was blinded by their product and the operation will cost $5 million. 
  2. PPS - Within 5 minutes of that FB post I received (on my iPad) a copy of his AAA card from one son, and a "what can I do" note from another.  It's good to be a father.
  3. PPPS - God Bless You Jimi HAHA



Anonymous said...

That kind of thing has stopped happening to me since I got AAA premium membership. After several years of no trouble, my wife persuaded me to cancel the membership to "save money". I kid you not, the next day she got a railroad spike through a tire near the local RR crossing.
I immediately reinstated the membership.
There's some kind of Karma about having good insurance that keeps me out of trouble.

Juice said...

Great story from series of frustrations to amazing assistance. AAA is great, been a member for as long as I can remember, but sometimes nothing is as good as a Jimi on the spot!
Hope your CT wasn't anything too serious. Just had my own and need to repeat in 3 mos. I'm focusing on it's not serious. :)

jon spencer said...

Now you should buy another tire so that they match. Not kidding.

Anonymous said...

Fix a Flat voids any warranty you have on the Tire. Learned the hard way (that damn tiny writing). So far Jimi is still safe though.


markshere2 said...

Umbrellas prevent rain
Studded snow tires prevent Ice storms
AAA prevents automotive issues

drew458 said...

Oh, I think it could have been worse.

Now try buying a new donut tire. If you can even find one.

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