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Tired Out, Part One

Tonight I was in a downtown parkinglot with a bunch of stripped studs.  In fact, they were on my car.  Unfortunately there was nothing sexy about them.

Today my car got four new tires.  We took it in to Lex Brody’s Queen Street Shop.  We were really pleased with the price they quoted us and the amount of time it took them to do the work (including the oil change).  OC collected the car and drove it to his concert in the park.  I walked from work and joined him there.

When we were leaving the park, I heard a thump, thump, thumping noise and asked, “What the heck is that?”

OC rolled the windows down and the sound grew more distinct.  He pulled over and had me check for flat tires, thinking they must not have been inflated properly.  The tires looked fine.  I kicked them, even.  No flats.

We drove another block.  The sound grew worse.  Luckily, we’d arrived at the restaurant where we were meeting the other band members.  We pulled in and parked.  I said I bet we had a loose lug nut.  OC said he thought it was not just a single lug nut, but a complete loose tire.  He pulled the hub caps.

Turns out OC was right, except all four tires were loose.  All four.  We called roadside service for a tow truck.  I thought the guy could just come out and tighten the lug nuts, but that’s not what happened.  The lug nuts had been completely stripped and they couldn’t be tightened.  The car isn’t safe to drive.

We left the car at the restaurant and had a friend bring us home.  This saga will be continued tomorrow.


  1. Not the kind of stress you need any time of yr.
    Hope your wheels and auto are in shape soon and w/out further hassles.

  2. Oh my, at least you were able to get home. I think I would have a ‘nice little talk” with the people who worked on your tires. Grrr

  3. NOOOO! Oh my gosh! That is HORRIBLE! I’ve never heard of such a thing! That’s crazy! Now you knOW they knew they did that! Oh, I hope OC takes his “attitude” in to see them!

  4. That’s more than just annoying, that’s criminal. They put your lives – and the lives of others in danger. Grrrr. Glad you are all ok. Hope you have better luck on the next go-round.

  5. I hate noises when I’m driving if those noises come from the car. I hope the place where you got the tires is going to pay to fix this.

  6. Quilly ~ Glad that you and OC are safe, hope the outfit that put on the tires will be responsible and fix the problem “NO CHARGE”.

    Take care my friend.

  7. Oh Quilly, you must’ve been “cheesed” (to put it nicely). How aggravating that would be. I wouldn’t want to be the guy at the tire shop the next day.

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