Flat tires are a pain in the rear! They never come at a convienient time. I remember driving down Mckinley in Mishawaka one particularly rainy evening, when my left rear tire decided to become all floppy. I pulled over into a parking lot near a restaurant and got out to investigate. Sure enough, the tire was completely flat. I opened my trunk to get to the spare and found that the spare and the tools had been completely rusted. Evidently the last time I had checked my spare tire and tools was...well...never. I was even working for a repair shop and I knew better. So I bang the rusty jack on the ground a few times to try to get it freed up. It was the style that cranks up by a long, threaded rod. I managed to get it to go up enough to get the tire up off the ground. It required a lot of kicking and banging. At the point I discovered that the lugnut wrench had swelled beyond fitting onto my wheel lugs, I was drenched and fuming. I went into the nearby restaurant to see if I could possibly borrow a lug wrench. Oddly, they quickly produced one from behind the kitchen door. I didn't ask questions. It was a four-way lug wrench and was exactly what I needed. After an hour or so in the rain, and a couple lessons on spare tire preparedness and restaurant security, I finally was able to complete my commute home from work. That was a valuable lesson.
The recent shooting in the Martins at Cobblestone have shaken our community. We are horrified and confused as to how and why this would happen. Many of us have frequented this location and enjoyed it for it's location in the community. It is a tasteful addition to the Bacon Hill area. It isn't loud or garish. It's a nice store to visit in a nice area of town. That may be part of the reason this is so shocking. Although our society states that profiling isn't fair, we all know that there are certain neighborhoods where crime is already more prevalent. In most cases, low income related areas are a factor in crimes like this. A robbery gone bad.
Not so here.
Welcome to the New Year! Also, welcome the storm of the century! High snow accumulations and below normal temperatures. Oh boy! I know that there is a ton of information hitting the news about being safe on the road, and I already did a blog on it, so I think I'll touch on something else. The computing and interface systems of new vehicles. You're clinging to the edge of your seat, aren't you? I promise, I'll make it interesting.
Erik and Jennifer are the owner/operators of Mobile Service Pros. We enjoy working with our customers and community.