Bill, aka the Crazy Clock Guy, aka Hey You (tallguy) wrote,
Bill, aka the Crazy Clock Guy, aka Hey You

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Quest for Tire

I went to the Firestone shop in Nora (north Indianapolis) yesterday to get my car ready for my vacation. The mechanic told me that the right rear tire had a broken side belt, and it was at risk of a blowout.

However, they did not have a replacement tire in stock. My car is an oddball (Honda Insight hybrid), and although Firestone is the only company that makes the tires for my car, they normally don't stock those tires at this shop.

There was no replacement tire in the warehouse.

There was no replacement tire in Indianapolis.

There was a replacement tire in Terre Haute, about 90 miles away. They might be able to get it here by next week. I leave for vacation on Wednesday.

Guess where I spent my day?

Yep, you guessed it. I got up and hit the road at 7:30 this morning, driving an hour and a half to Terre Haute, 7 miles from the Indiana/Illinois state line, just to get a tire for my car. It wasn't a total waste of time; while they were working on my car, I walked 2 blocks and went to Mass (I'll post a Mass Appeal entry later tonight or tomorrow). When all was said and done, it cost me about $70, plus the cost of a few gallons of gas and a few cups of coffee.

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On my way back, I decided to visit my friend Dusty at the Donato's Pizza shop where she works. I wound up spending three and a half hours there, keeping her company (she was the only person there for much of the time) and seeing the finer points of making a pizza.

Two things to take away from that:

1. I have a new found respect for her job. She works WAAAY too hard for too little pay; Today was supposed to be the start of her vacation, but she got called to fill in for someone (shades of Clerks: "I'm not even supposed to BE HERE today!"), and other than a bathroom break, she never stopped prepping pizzas, answering phones, ringing up customers and chopping vegetables. I was just trying to stay out of her way.

2. Now that I've seen how they make their pizzas, I don't think I'll be ordering from them. It's not that there's anything wrong with them, but their sauce is basically ketchup with a few spices, they skimp on the cheese, and they tend to push the shelf life of the veggies a little beyond what the company dictates (again, not unhygienic, just not as fresh as they should be).

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Well, the morning was shot, the afternoon was shot, might as well waste the evening and make it a clean sweep.

I have a bunch of things I need to do before my vacation. I blew off nearly all of them tonight. The only things I got accomplished was to rearrange the living room furniture, vacuum the carpet (and discover that the vacuum cord has a short in it), roll my loose change (penny slots, here I come), and that's about it.

Here's what I have left to do by Tuesday evening:

Oil change
Wash car (exterior)
Rain-X the windshield
Clean out car interior and vacuum
Repack my road gear (tools, maps, emergency kit, etc)
Clean kitchen counters
Mop kitchen floor
Wash and put away dishes
Clean fridge
Freeze or throw away perishables
Clean bathroom counters
Mop bathroom floor
Clean tub and shower
Clean guest bathroom (mostly from lack of use)
Do all laundry (final load Tuesday)
Put away clean laundry
Pack suitcase (clothes, shoes, toiletries)
Pack laptop bag (computer, chargers, DVDs)
Pack cooler (water, sport drinks, road snacks)
Set out dog supplies for Kat

What I actually did was to chat with some friends online and on the phone, and watched The Bourne Ultimatum on DVD. Sure, it's procrastination, but after a busy weekend out of the house, I just wanted to have an easy night at home. Tomorrow will come soon enough.
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