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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Silly thoughts

I got back to bed this morning and slept till ten thirty.  I felt like I had slept the day away, but I way thoroughly awake for a change.  I actually read several chapters of a book without dozing then we went into town and tried to get some issues tied down so that we can replace some of the carpet in our house with “engineered wood” what ever that is.

As we drove through the Wallyworld parking lot I noticed (not for the first time) that a number of the parking spaces were reserved for Pharmacy patrons.  Fifteen minutes only.  I had to laugh out loud.  If any of you have tried to get a prescription filled in Wal-Mart, you know that NO ONE has ever received a prescription in fifteen minutes.  The time line is ignored.  It is like the ubiquitous  Vonage commercial on the TV where a number of people toss away their old bills from the telephone company and tell us about the wonderful experiences that  they have had with Vonage.  NOW they throw away their old phone bill.  It is clear that if they tell the truth they have been with Vonage long enough to have  had those experiences so why are they just NOW throwing away their old bills. (meaning they have just joined).

We were driving to Savannah on Monday to check in with Lumber Liquidators to see if we could save some money on the new flooring.  As we left town we were passed by a black SUV and I noticed that the left rear wheel was not perpendicular to the ground.  I don’t know how the wheels are set to be square with the ground but I could tell that the SUV was going to wear out the inner side of the tire.  I drew the family’s attention to the car and stated that I was glad that wasn’t our car.  About half way to Savannah, guess what?  I blew out my left rear tire.   We pulled over as fast as we could and got the tire changed for the little do-nut spare that comes with modern cars.  Guess what else, the tire was completely worn out on the inside.   When we checked the other rear tire it was worn the same way and hade wires sticking out from under the tread.  The tires were mounted like this /—\.  These tires were perfect five thousand miles ago because , almost in the same spot on the highway, back about Mother’s day I ran over a piece of steel and broke the wheels, tires, etc. on the driver’s side.  I had to take the car to a Mazda dealer because no one else carried the replacement goodies and after two or three weeks in the garage, the car was returned to me with new tires and everything was in “perfect” alignment.  These were the tires that blew.  The car is back in the Mazda garage being re-repaired and re-tired.  Whee!!! Ain’t life fun?

Well, it is bedtime again.   If there is nothing posted on this blog before morning, you will know that I slept all the way through.


At 6:28 AM, Blogger Ed said...

Our local hardware box store has about a dozen 'loading only' spots right up front of the store. I can't think of a single time I have been there when those spots haven't been full of vehicles not doing any loading.

I am always leery when I have to get my tires aligned. Twice I have gotten brand new tires along with an alignment to warranty the tires only to have them exhibiting bad wear within a few thousand miles. I think they don't train their employees on the alignment machines which only align as well as the hubs that they put on. If they don't get the alignment hub on square to the rim, it certainly won't align your tires well.

Another case in point, I just got new tires put on our minivan. The tires that were taken off had 65k miles on them and were worn even as could be. When doing the alignment for the warranty, they told me one of my wheels was extremely out of alignment. Needless to say, I'm keeping an eye on that tire for uneven wear and also keeping my receipt.

At 8:18 PM, Anonymous Kathleen said...

I have been checking in to hear your next episode. Hope you are well and looking forward to the Christmas festivities. Best to you both this holiday season.

At 11:39 PM, Blogger Thotman said...

Richard from time to time I figure out how to post a comment on Blogger. Love your take on things and have for so many years. What a great adventure you live.


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