March 05, 2005

Ain't no blues 'round here

This morning I let oldest daughter sleep in a little bit before having her follow me over to the tire store. Despite getting there an hour after they opened on a Saturday morning, the wait wasn't too awful.

Talking to the guy at the counter, I told him I wanted the cheapest steel-belted radial possible in that size. I'm planning on trading in the truck this spring, and can't see spending lots on a new tire right now. Besides, there's good tires already on the beast.

The guy tried to talk me out of buying a tire. The only one they had in stock is a really crappy tire (from a good name). Lots of problems with it, blowouts and sidewall failures, and they won't sell them anymore once the current inventory is gone. Wasn't a very good price either.

But it was convenient and I didn't feel like making this an all-day event to save a few bucks, so I told him to check the flat. If it could be repaired, then do that, otherwise I'd take the new tire. We told them we'd be back in a half hour to see what was up and walked next door to the grocery store.

I bought another brisket. On the way back, oldest daughter asked why she was carrying this gigantic slab of meat, so I started in with the double-entendre jokes about my enormous meat. My meat is so big it needs it's own seat in the car, and other juvenile comments. I also called my wife at work and sang Leo Sayer's "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" to her - loudly - in the parking lot. Oldest daughter finally tired of the public humiliation and drove back home, with instructions that my enormous meat was so valuable that she was to immediately put it in the freezer.

The tire guys showed me where I'd picked up a screw that caused the slow leak. Easy repair, for about 1/8th the cost of the new tire.

So if I'm singing the blues, it's 'cause I wanna.

Posted by Ted at March 5, 2005 07:58 PM
Category: Square Pegs


And oldest daughter will forgive you. Someday. I'm sure, no, really!

Posted by: Tuning Spork at March 5, 2005 09:45 PM

So everyone now refers to me as Oldest Daughter, huh? Should I start making that my name??? Haha.

oh, and I forgave him...not that big of a deal because thats normal for him..haha

Posted by: Robyn at March 6, 2005 01:31 PM


Let's hope you don't experience sidewall failure.

Posted by: Derek at March 7, 2005 01:29 AM

What I sucker I am. Well, I DID need tires anyway, but it had been a while since buying them previously.

So I call up Merchant's and they're having a sale "Buy 3 tires get the 4th tire free" on this one brand. The tire is really rated pretty good and with the 4th tire free they ended up at about $58 each (for 4). I thought, "That's sounds great, I'll take em." Then they said, "Good, now then, there are a few fees for disposal of your old tires, mounting, balancing, shop supplies, etc..."

Posted by: Maelstrom at March 7, 2005 02:18 PM
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