The Tao of Tire Changing


Five things I discovered yesterday afternoon.

1. When you have a flat tire and the jack supplied with the car won’t jack the car up high enough to get the spare on it is irritating. Particularly when you only discover this after you have the car jacked up.

2. When a big storm is coming, the thunder is rolling, lightning is flashing and the wind is blowing all of your tire changing skills seem to leave you.

3. When you get home from changing the tire, you don’t have a house key and the power is off, and the garage door won’t open, you get to sit in the driveway listening to the hail pound the car and that is not sweet music.

4. When sitting in the car listening to the hail and pouring rain beating the car you decide that a door may be unlocked on the other side of the house that would allow you to get the garage door open from the inside, so  you go check and of course it isn’t .

5. Then finally after checking the door you know better than to even consider getting back in your wife’s car when you’re soaking wet and her car has leather seats so you just go and sit on the front porch and enjoy the weather.

In reality however as it turns out  I dried off, the tire got changed, The power came back on 6 hours later and the car looks okay so in the general scheme of things compared to the troubles of others locally and around the world  what seemed like bad luck at the time is actually quite good luck.

Once again I am struck by the phrase, ‘Everything is Relative.”

Lest I  forget, the instructions for getting to the spare tire (stored under the car on a cable system), jacking up the car and changing the tire were apparently written by a not too bright garden slug and illustrated by a 1st grader.   And the tire jack that wasn’t tall enough to jack up the car , after being fully extended in an exercise of pure futility,  wont go back down so it will not fit  back in the space from which it came.

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About safrisri

I have been a teacher since 1971 and have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. My writings will reflect on my past mistakes and successes and what my students have taught me about education.
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One Response to The Tao of Tire Changing

  1. Christy says:

    Thank you, I got a good laught this morning. But you are so right about the jacks and about everything being relative.

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