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|14.12.16 08:29||RT @MayorDanRoe: Today is the day, @RosevilleMN area Dunkin Donut fans! @DunkinMN http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2016/12/14/roseville-dunkin-donuts-opens/|
|14.12.16 07:21||YOGURT OF THE DAY: BLACK CHERRY #yogurtoftheday|
|14.12.16 07:00||Ugh - Veritas (Roseville, MN)|
|14.12.16 06:59||Listened to ズボンズ - Circle X|
|14.12.16 06:48||Listened to One Self - Be Your Own|
|13.12.16 23:33||Look, I love my car. You love my car. There's a lot of love for my car, and like 85% of the time that's all we have is that love. But you've read about it here before and probably will again - sometimes it is so, so aggravating to continue to have this car in my life.|
I'm still not exactly sure what caused my drivers' side front tire to be perfectly fine last night and COMPLETELY flat this morning. I mean, -10º MAY have contributed, sure. I have driven with low pressure before and this wasn't it - this felt more like the rim riding I mistakenly did in Livermore in the ol' '63 Beetle. I pulled over and checked - yep, flaaaaaaaaat.
This is where I refer you back to this morning's status for the exciting details of how great my spare held up (seriously, that vintage 2005 Michelin is probably the best tire I currently own, even with ... what, 20 miles on it now) and fast forward to 6.30 when they FINALLY told me the tire was repaired. I'm still a little fuzzy on what exactly happened - their paper says "bead leak" so I guess there was a bead leak, which they fixed, then they did their fancy "computer balancing" and reseated it on the rim. This was all well and good, but the tire was at Bobby & Steve's Auto World and the car it needed to be on was not. They're open until 10, but procuring an open bay for the install was said to be challenging. They recommended I try "between 8.30 and 9" so I talked Allison and Soren into watching me eat some tripe at Phở 79 and we talked long enough for me to end up at BSAW at 9, where I was asked to make use of the waiting area.
Despite over 12 years in Minneapolis, this was my first extended visit to the true winter wonderland that is Bobby & Steve's. It probably would have felt a lot more festive if they didn't need to keep their inflatables constantly inflated via some REALLY LOUD AND WHINY air blowing thingamjigs. I kinda sorta caught up with the Timberwolves game via Twitter - by the way, when I watch 0 minutes, the Timberwolves are WAY more likely to come back from 21 down and beat the Bulls, we learned - and it was closer to 9.40 by the time I was called down because the spare was back under my trunk and the old tire was back in place. I don't know if it was sympathy or just excellent BSAW customer service, but not only did they come through with their original quote of $29.99+tax out the door but they ALSO gave me a box of chocolate covered cordial cherries (value: no clue) AND a free top of the line "World Wash" at their car wash (value: $15.99) to boot!
Of course, here was my fatal mistake and the reason I'm writing to you now: yes, I opted to use the car wash code.
You know how these things work - I mean, I thought *I* did - you gently steer your car into the channel and little rolly things move you through the dazzling light show, foam, water and hot air and your car comes out (mostly) clean. SOMEHOW, my front wheel - because of course it would be the one I just had fixed - somehow, it never set correctly in the channel - almost as if it were precariously balanced on top. I'm pretty sure this isn't possible. I have no idea. What I DO know is - look I know I'm doing a lot of these inter-sentence dash pauses but I need to stress that this felt impossible, yet definitely happened - after a much longer than normal pause and nothing happening, suddenly the entire car HOPPED out of the channel, turned left and got stuck. Yet the back tires were still trying to be pushed along by the conveyor.
What does one do when you're stuck in an automated car wash? I laid on the horn for a while, got out, evaluated the situation, naively thought maybe I could somehow drive the car back to where it was supposed to be, finally spun SOME tire enough to make some interesting smoke and attract some human attention. For the first time in my life, I saw a big red "emergency stop" button pressed.
I was stuck and stuck good. The guy REALLY wasn't sure how they were gonna work out of this one. He was joined by another fellow - and another - eventually we had four men, two jacks (because they keep one around that doesn't work for some reason), a rather largish piece of wood which they apparently keep around because this happens "at least once a day" (which made me feel a LITTLE better) although not as bad as how I'd managed (which made me fail to feel a little better) but FINALLY they managed to jack up the car enough to stick the giant piece of wood under my tire and allow me to verrrrrrrry slowly drive the front left tire BACK into the channel, back out, and start over, being very, very sure to not touch a DAMN thing - wheel, pedals, windows, play button on my iPod, NOTHING - until the green light telling me to slowly drive past the air blowers was displayed. The two limo drivers who had now waited 20 minutes for the damned yellow Beetle with Pikachu in the back window and probably paid SOMETHING for their car washes finally took their turn. I drove home and tried to decide whether or not I'd trashed my alignment and if the tire would just be flat AGAIN in the morning.
I'm tempted to go out to the garage and look right now, but I think I'll wait and be surprised in seven hours. Yeah, I got another 7am meeting on Wednesday.
I would still recommend Bobby & Steve's for fixin' a flat...just be careful with the add-ons.
OK, there's my thousand (now 1027) words. Next time I'll just take a picture. GOOD NIGHT
(Pikatuu IS a hell of a lot cleaner.)
|13.12.16 23:14||Sandman P.M.|
|13.12.16 22:29||Listened to Chicago - This Christmas|
|13.12.16 22:08||Guys I can't make this up - my car is stuck in the Bobby & Steve's Auto World car wash|
|13.12.16 21:28||WOLVES WIN!!!!!!!|
|13.12.16 21:25||DELAYED #TWOLVES DOUBLE DOUBLE ALERT!|
RICKY RUBIO: 2
(11 & 10A as I tweet this)
|13.12.16 21:24||DELAYED #TWOLVES DOUBLE DOUBLE ALERT!|
KARL-ANTHONY TOWNS: 16
(21 & 10, as I tweet this)
|13.12.16 21:07||Time to wait - Bobby and Steve's Auto World (Minneapolis, MN)|
|13.12.16 21:03||Listened to UNKLE - unkle vs. perverts - scratch interlude 2|
|13.12.16 21:00||Listened to Enigma - Sadness Part 1|
|13.12.16 20:53||Listened to The Future Sound of London - My Kingdom (Part 2)|
|13.12.16 20:50||Listened to Madhouse - 13|
|13.12.16 20:45||Listened to Handsome Boy Modeling School - Calling The Biz|
|13.12.16 19:50||Pho 79 (Minneapolis, MN)|
|13.12.16 19:43||Listened to Four Seasons - December '63 (Oh What A Night)|
|13.12.16 19:40||Listened to Craig David - Fill Me In (Live!)|
|13.12.16 17:54||Ooh! I just dethroned @jcorlissmusic as the Mayor of KFAI Fresh Air Radio on @Swarmapp!|
|13.12.16 17:53||KFAI Fresh Air Radio (Minneapolis, MN)|
|13.12.16 17:43||Listened to The Frames - Angel At My Table|
|13.12.16 17:40||Listened to The Orb - Assassin|
|13.12.16 17:28||Listened to Claps - Fold (Chic Portier Remix)|
|13.12.16 17:24||Listened to UNKLE - jagger vs cooder-memo from turner|
|13.12.16 17:20||Listened to September - Looking For Love (Funky Bomb Radio Mix)|
[+]Listened to Drew's playlist "drivetime"
|13.12.16 15:00||SYMC closing quote: 24.91 ▲0.21 (Range: 24.76 - 25.11)|
|13.12.16 14:41||Ollie's given me a lot of free (and some not free) entertainment over the years so I'm delighted to pony up some cash for him now that he's down one toe. Wait....I could have said that better. Anyway, please give if you can and Share if you can't!|
[+]Listened to Austra's Spotify Playlist "Future Fantasy"
|13.12.16 12:56||@tapemachines numbersignJannettyHOF|
|13.12.16 12:55||RT @giorgiomoroder: That's a lot of years of Giorgio! Longer than I've been around! Thanks for listening to my music on @Spotify ♂️♂️ https://pic.twitter.com/v0sAqZU7XH|
|13.12.16 12:50||New Blu-ray/DVD/digital titles coming out 12/13/16 (221)|
|13.12.16 12:21||Veritas (Roseville, MN)|
|13.12.16 11:37||Listened to Mason - Cruise Control 2016-12-13|
|13.12.16 10:48||YOGURT OF THE DAY: PEACH #yogurtoftheday|
|13.12.16 10:39||$2.039/g - BP (Roseville, MN)|
|13.12.16 10:35||Listened to Daft Punk - Technologic (Digitalism Remix)|
|13.12.16 10:30||Listened to Sylvester And The Hot Band - Come Back Baby|
|13.12.16 10:27||Listened to Kenton Slash Demon - Kenton Slash Demon - That's Right Modern Music|
|13.12.16 09:23||If you heard yesterday's, don't worry...this is slightly different.|
Pac Man (Power-Pill Mix)
|12.12.16 23:11||Sandman P.M.|
|12.12.16 22:46||Hey so did I sleep through the Emmalina segment on #RAW or what|
|12.12.16 21:40||@Omaholic @Steamraise Thanks again for the nice card, dudes; I have just the place to display it https://pic.twitter.com/FUQ7cnHQl8|