Changing a Tire Should Be Easier Than This

June 12, 2009 · 4 comments

I had just finished up a little shopping with my son tonight (a TaylorMade Men’s Burner Rescue Utility Wood for me, but nothing for him because they were out of the kids’ sets in his size) when I got the call from my wife that one of her friends was stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire. So of course I drove over to help, although I was pretty sure some good Samaritan would have already helped her in the 20 minutes it took for me to get there but I was wrong - there she sat in her minivan with a good ole flat tire.

I parked my car, set the hazard lights and got to work. She drove a Dodge Caravan with the spare tire held under the van and held in place with some sort of cable system that required me to use the lug wrench to lower the tire to the ground. I must have turned that thing a couple hundred revolutions and it just wasn’t coming down. The idea of the cable was so that you didn’t actually have to go under the van - the idea was the tire would drop to the ground and you would then pull it out by the cable but I suspect 7 years of storage had caused it to lock up and I ended up having to wiggle it from underneath - and almost breaking a finger for my troubles when the tire finally came down.

At this point I was already pretty tired - way too much work just to get the spare out. And it didn’t help that I had fast food for dinner (chicken club at McDonald’s, with fries - ish), so I was already starting to feel a little icky.

The rest of the operation was pretty standard - loosen the lug nuts while the tire was still touching the ground, jacking the car up enough to get the flat tire off and the spare on, getting it off the jack and tightening everything up. It’s the dirtiest and most tired I have been for a long time and it took me way too long to recover from it. After 30 minutes when we got home my heartrate was normal but my stomach was really not feeling well and I would say it was over an hour before I felt normal.

All from changing a tire. That aint right.

We know I’ve got some work to do. Playing golf tomorrow but I’ll be riding in a cart so that won’t help much. I will try to just drink water.

Try, try, try - that’s what I’ve got to keep doing.

I just hope I don’t have to change any more tires any time soon.

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Mike June 13, 2009 at 3:52 am

No worries, you are committed to - Not Giving-UP.

Have a nice day golfing.


Hanlie June 13, 2009 at 4:53 am

I have found that since I’ve been exercising again, I’m stronger and more capable of doing functional tasks… Even squeezing a lemon is now easier! I haven’t changed a tyre in years though!

That’s a good point - pretty much everything is easier when you are stronger and more flexible.

Becca June 13, 2009 at 7:22 am

John this takes me back about 11 years, when I worked at a convenience store that required us to wear uniforms, ugh. A little old lady, a small compact car(tire in trunk thank you) with a very very flat tire. I was in my LATE 20′s and 1 of 2 women working that night. No one else in the parking lot, shocker. So me being PROUD that I am NOT a girly girl, and blessed with strong genes went out to change the lil ladys tire. I will add that I was a size 16 at the time, squeezing into a size 14 b/c I hadnt ordered new uniform pants. Changing that tire was NOT what I remembered it being like at all. Bending over became a daunting task, squatting down could have been lethal! But I did get the tire changed. Although part way through I was given some physical relief when I blew my zipper and button completely out of my pants! The rest went by without a hitch! LOL. I was filthy, exhausted and somewhat embarassed by the fact that I ruined my pants in front of someone. The lil old lady, well, she patted me on the back and said what a great person I was and drove off. I went in to finish my shift feeling like I was going to my grave, I had to use duct tape to patch up my pants for the rest of the shift and wore a smock to cover it up. I hadnt thought about that incident for years, thank you for making me smile , now,,,,not then….Have a great day.

Great story, thanks for sharing!

Keith (My Body Fat Blog) June 13, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Changing tyres sucks, lucky for me I haven’t had to change one for around 5 years now.
Hope you have fun using your new TailorMade Utility Wood. I’ve just purchased a Slazenger K1 Utility Wood for only 20 quid bargain. Hopefully I can start getting some shots off my 22 handicap.

Well so far I’m at 50% - hit one great shot with it and one bad one. :-)

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