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Wednesday, July 14th, 2004
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How did I do? Well, (obviously) I'm here at work, so perhaps 'acceptable' or 'sufficient'. But far from optimal.

My first mistake was not pulling over right after the giant stone destroyed my tire. I'd never killed a tire before, so I wasn't sure if that was really what happened. I went another 1000 ft to the exit ramp, which ended at a stop light. And stopped. When that light turned green, and I had a very difficult time getting started, my fears were confirmed. I managed to get the car over to the shoulder.

For a while, I did nothing. When that failed to work, I got out and looked at the tire, which was obviously flat. Then I looked back at the highway, and saw someone *else* pulled over. This stone was a menace! I didn't notice if anyone else lost a tire to it for my remaining time on the side of the road.

Called home a couple of times; no good. I'm still not thinking clearly. What should I be doing? There's a wawa/gas station not too far away, should I go over there? I look over at that other guy again. What's he doing? Probably changing the tire... I should change the tire. How do I change the tire? Do I have a spare tire?

Fortune finally smiled on me, as I had the user manual in the car. Yes, of course I have a spare tire; it's under the floor of the trunk. Okay, I'm not pulled over nearly far enough to work on the driver's side tire--drive the car some more (just a little). From there, it was following simple instructions for 15 minutes, a brief moment of panic before I realized I didn't have the car jacked up high enough to put the spare on, and more instruction following.

Put the old tire away, clean up, turn the key. Moment of truth. Slowly--easily--drive back onto the road. Looks like it still works. Limp to work, just a couple minutes away.

So, here I am. Spent about five minutes washing my hands, and cursing my luck because just *yesterday* I got my car back from the garage, four new cv-boots installed. Then I decided to quit being so pessimistic. Without the new cv-boots, hitting that stone could have knocked the axle right out.

I know I'll be needing at least a new tire, but I wonder how much more of the suspension is going to need work now...

I came in no less than an hour late. Exciting morning.
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[User Picture]From: pyrop
2004-07-14 02:37 pm (UTC)
CV-BOOTS.MOD?
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2004-07-14 02:40 pm (UTC)
That was the first thing I thought of, too.
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[User Picture]From: kartos
2004-07-14 05:18 pm (UTC)
Yech, I would have freaked out. I cannot remember how to do any of that @_@

Kudos on being manly and stuff :D
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2004-07-14 07:15 pm (UTC)

Heh, thanks :)

Now, to go home and sit in a big chair, smoke a pipe, and other generic 1950s male activities!
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From: ex_md744
2004-07-14 11:32 pm (UTC)
Being a computer nerd, you are very well suited to being a mechanic as well, since they require virtually identical talents.
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