Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Another &#@$ Flat Tire


Amongst all the horrendous grief, trauma, and expense generated by the failure of the Federal levees during Hurricane Katrina, flat tires obviously rank way, way down there on the misery index. But when it comes to sheer, repetitive aggravation, they can really start to get to you.

Steve and I have had so many flat tires over the last 2 ½ years that I’ve lost count, although as the rebuilding in our own neighborhood progresses, the incidents have lessened. But Sam, who took a year off from Yale Law School to attend premed courses at a local university, just had her third flat in six months.

Her daily commute takes her through Lakeview, which was the scene of the 17th Street levee collapse. Rebuilding the houses and businesses in that area—or demolishing them and starting over—will take years. Sam’s first two flats were caused by roofing nails; the culprit of this latest episode was a drywall screw. Perhaps this is a sign of progress?

14 comments:

Farrah Rochon said...

Ouch. Frustrations abound in your world, Candy.

I can commiserate with the flat tires. Not too long ago I had to buy two brand new a mere two weeks after replacing all four. My culprit was a piece of sheet metal that flew out of the back of a truck. I had no idea about Road Hazard insurance when buying tires, so I had to pay full price. That really hurts.

Hope you can get the blogger situation taken care of.

Charles Gramlich said...

I've lost count of the number of flats and slow leaks I've developed since Katrina. Not a single tire has been spared on my car. It's a royal pain.

Good luck with blogger.

Steve Malley said...

Ah, memories! I went through so many tires in New Orleans that Sears threatened to revoke my No-Fault Warranty Thing that I had at the time!

Good to see the pictures are loading again, too!

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