I did it to myself really. You see, Friday, February 17th, on a dark and stormy afternoon, I went to pick up Liz from the airport. And as I was hopping on to the highway I thought:
"Gee. It would really suck if I got a flat tire today."
Way to put it out there into the universe, Kathleen. Or maybe it was just an intuitive premonition. Because about 5 minutes after picking up Liz I was going 70mph in the far left lane when I heard a "POP!" followed by a wobble wobble. I immediately pulled over - sheltered by an overpass and checked out the damage. A flat and shredded tire.
So I turned on my hazards and called Jeremy. I told him I got a flat and he asked me where I was. I wasn't sure so I made my iPhone tell me. Then he said something like "Okay. Well... change it." And that's when I had to tell him my darkest secret: I don't know how to change a flat tire.
Yup. It's true. Miss I-Want-To-Be-A-Post-Apocalyptic-Badass can be immobilized by something like a flat tire. So Jeremy calls Triple A (or Three As as my grandma-in-law likes to call it) and about 20 minutes later a man who smells like cigars and whiskey shows up to help this damsel in distress. Oh. I should also note here that at least 3 police officers drove by offering zero assistance. Nice.
So while the nice (and maybe drunk man) changes my tire Liz and I wander farther under the overpass to find this:
At first we weren't sure what was going on here. It's some sort of bird with mammal legs. Liz thought an Eagle had attacked a rabbit and they died together on the side of the highway. I thought maybe a serial killer had Frankensteined dog legs on to a hawk's body. Then we realized it was an owl.
So to add insult to injury now I'm being confronted with how not badass I am by not plucking feathers from this owl carcass to turn into post-apocalyptic jewelry - or better yet - a post-apocalyptic bikini. Instead I'm disturbed.
Before I know it the flat tire is changed and when I get home I can tell that Jeremy is disappointed and frustrated that I don't know a necessary life skill such as changing a flat tire.
So yesterday he taught me how:
1. On level ground place your car in park and put your emergency break on.
2. Locate your tools (a jack, wrench and spare tire)
3. BEFORE jacking the car up loosen the lug nuts (remember lefty loosy righty tighty) - you may need to jump on the wrench to loosen
4. Then jack the car up. Refer to the owners manual for correct placement. This is surprisingly easier than I thought it would be.
5. Now continue to remove the lug nuts. The tire will come right off.
6. Now this is the hard part - get the spare tire on and line up the holes for the lug nuts. It took me a couple tries but I finally got it. (Meanwhile, the neighbors were wondering why Jeremy was making his sweet lil' lady change a tire all by herself.)
7. Put the lug nuts back onto the wheel in a star pattern. Tighten them as much as you can with your fingers.
8. Lower the car and remove the jack.
9. Use the wrench to tighten the lug nuts as much as you can (right tighty) - you may need to stand on the wrench here to get them tight enough.
10. Put the flat and your tools back in the car.
And I have to admit - I felt a little more badass after changing a tire all by myself.
Do you guys have any interesting flat tire stories? Do you know how to change a tire? But more importantly - do you think I should go back for the owl carcass?
J & K started this blog project to document the remodel of their 1929 historical home in the heart of Oklahoma City. It has now turned into a documentation of life, food, fashion, freelance, inspiration, design, adventures and details around the J & K house.
Kathleen works as an award-winning brand consultant and designer specializing in small business branding at Braid Creative & Consulting. Jeremy is a software engineer and is the left-brain to Kathleen’s right.
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