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That just about describes driving on the 101 from Palo Alto to San Francisco at 50MPH. It's like pulling teeth... or watching water boil... or something.

Why the heck would one do such a thing?

I blew my left front tire in moderately moving traffic on the 101 earlier this evening. I had a date with two geeks and some sashimi, and I was anxious to get to The City. Perfect timing for a tire to blow.

It's a freakin' scary experience... this has never happened to me before. To hear such a loud sound and hear the car grind to a slower speed with surrounding traffic speeding past... I was mildly shaken, yes.

As fate would have it, there was a tow truck a few cars behind me, and he graciously pulled over to help me out. After a few frantic phone calls... one to find out my insurance policy didn't include roadside insurance, and a couple to find out our AAA membership was defunct... the spare doughnut was attached. The driver was gracious enough to give me a cheap price on the assistance (I swear, I did not bat my eyes at him. Maybe it's that ol' Filipino Discount?) and moved on. I continued onto The City at 15 miles under the speed limit, cos I'm a trooper like that.

Driving home wasn't so bad, since I took the less-trafficked and much quieter 280 back home. Took a little over and hour, though. I am so ready to go to bed. Japanese homework will hafta wait until tomorrow afternoon.

Let's hear it for cars. Yay. They always seem to do bad things just when our finances can barely handle it.


i really really really really really need to take mine in for its 60,000-mile checkup. that's um ... not really an accurate term for it anymore. (the 60,000 mile part, i mean.)

also, the oil is low. i bought a quart to tide it over until said checkup. can't get the engine cap off! i think i broke it. :(

and i have not the money to pay for these things, no.

glad nothing more serious than the shakes happened after your tire went away.

transmitted by eric on May 7, 2003 02:17 AM

Don't tell me these things! My car will live forever, nothing bad will EVER happen to it! ::pets car::

transmitted by Sam on May 7, 2003 03:37 AM

I stay very far away from that strip of 101. It's full of hate and rage and vitriol.

transmitted by hoopty on May 7, 2003 08:13 AM

Well, at least you're safe. That's what matters, right?

I've had chronic car trouble since first acquiring my license. I feel like it runs on cash, not gas. *sigh*

transmitted by Mikey on May 7, 2003 06:32 PM

Last night I had to change a flat tire for my dad, it was like changing the flat tire from hell... I've done it before but this was worst...

transmitted by Antonio on May 8, 2003 08:25 AM
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