Inflated Tires Essential

“It’s only flat on one side.”

The comment seemed funny as our brother-in-law said it while we were doctoring up other family newlyweds’ car minutes before they planned to leave the church on their honeymoon.

Obviously, their getaway took longer than intended, and hearsay was that the deflation was manmade orneriness intended toward the groom. Although an accusing look came our way, we were innocent of any mischievous deed.

Appreciating just how disheartening flat tires can be, we offered assistance, first by pursuing jack and wrench, but decided there was sufficient inflation to limp the car across the street to an air pump.

Actually, the prank wasn’t much of a hang up at all, and even had humor, as everyone attempted to figure out the guilty party, who never admitted, and isn’t yet known for certain.       There are many things worse than flat tires. But, it’s still a dirty, aggravating, wasteful inconvenience, especially when we’re already running late.

Some small cars we’ve driven really weren’t that difficult to change a tire on, with a little scissor-jack and only four lug nuts. That is if the spare had air in it. Unfortunately, on more than one occasion, it didn’t.

However, when there’s a flat on the feed truck  in a snowstorm, or in 112 degrees, that’s a major ordeal. The cow manager has been caught in that predicament many times, but somehow, fortunately, she seems to take changing them as “part of the job.”

Likely, she’s just decided it’s easier to “just do it,” than call for help that won’t assist, will endlessly complain while helping, or, most likely, she can really do it better than they can anyway.

Regardless, we had four new tires put on our car last week. We’ve had the vehicle about 16 months, driven it 60,000 miles. We don’t know how old the rubber was when we got the vehicle, but there was always a shimmy.

That didn’t matter, because we never had a flat tire. Actually with more than 225,000 miles on the odometer, the spare, jack and wrench are still factory installed. We have no intention of that changing.

Reminds us of Exodus 23:10: “Just leave it alone.”  But, Philippians 3:1: “Better to be safe than sorry.” Yet, need be, Amos 9:11: “Repair the holes to fix up like new.”