I had just finished up a little shopping with my son tonight (a TaylorMade Men's Burner Rescue Utility Wood for me, but nothing for him because they were out of the kids' sets in his size) when I got the call from my wife that one of her friends was stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire. So of course I drove over to help, although I was pretty sure some good Samaritan would have already helped her in the 20 minutes it took for me to get there but I was wrong - there she sat in her minivan with a good ole flat tire.
I parked my car, set the hazard lights and got to work. She drove a Dodge Caravan with the spare tire held under the van and held in place with some sort of cable system that required me to use the lug wrench to lower the tire to the ground. I must have turned that thing a couple hundred revolutions and it just wasn't coming down. The idea of the cable was so that you didn't actually have to go under the van - the idea was the tire would drop to the ground and you would then pull it out by the cable but I suspect 7 years of storage had caused it to lock up and I ended up having to wiggle it from underneath - and almost breaking a finger for my troubles when the tire finally came down.
At this point I was already pretty tired - way too much work just to get the spare out. And it didn't help that I had fast food for dinner (chicken club at McDonald's, with fries - ish), so I was already starting to feel a little icky.
The rest of the operation was pretty standard - loosen the lug nuts while the tire was still touching the ground, jacking the car up enough to get the flat tire off and the spare on, getting it off the jack and tightening everything up. It's the dirtiest and most tired I have been for a long time and it took me way too long to recover from it. After 30 minutes when we got home my heartrate was normal but my stomach was really not feeling well and I would say it was over an hour before I felt normal.
All from changing a tire. That aint right.
We know I've got some work to do. Playing golf tomorrow but I'll be riding in a cart so that won't help much. I will try to just drink water.
Try, try, try - that's what I've got to keep doing.
I just hope I don't have to change any more tires any time soon.
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