austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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austin_dern

How many roads must a man walk down

Monday came and we got to looking at replacing the severely flat car tire. Dad and I rode up to a tire place Dad had gone to many times over the decades with happy service overall, and as we neared the end of the hour-long drive wondered if he should have called to see if they were open. But they were, so that wasn't anything to complain about. And they would be able to get a replacement tire, although they didn't have one in stock, which meant we'd have to go up again another day. This was fine, as there's a place selling Polish food along the way and we picked up a couple slices of kielbasa and ended up eating it all in the car on the way home. We'll certainly need to do that again. You can get an acceptable kielbasa from many supermarkets in the United States, but not at all in Singapore. At the tire place Dad pointed out a truck tire on display and mentioned the news bit about that giant squid killed recently. The article he read said if you made calamari from it the rings would be the size of a tire like that.

We had gone up Monday in Mom's car, since we had hopes they'd be able to replace the tire right away. So this left Mom driving Dad's car -- the one with the brake pad warning light on, even though the brakes feel fine -- for the day. Tuesday morning she got out to find that Dad's car wasn't working. It turned out to be a pretty simple problem: she had left the lights on all night. In her defense she points out the lights go of in her car automatically, and she was intending to ask Dad to check because the car was buzzing at her when she got in, but when she did get in Monday night Dad passed her the phone and said to talk to my (littlest) brother, and by the time all that was sorted out she had forgotten the buzzing. Anyway, that's her story.

I am stunned to learn my Dad had given away all his jumper cables and the battery recharger, but he had, and it wasn't until she got home that we were able to drive up to my (littlest) brother, meeting him and his wife at a diner, and get the equipment from them. I had a ``crab cake sandwich'', and to that point I had never imagined putting crab cakes on buns.

Wednesday, I went up in Mom's car, with Mom; by that time they had the tire and were able to replace it quickly. While waiting Mom pointed out a truck tire on display and mentioned the news bit about that giant squid killed recently. The article she read said if you made calamari from it the rings would be the size of a tire like that.

Trivia: The third month of the Babylonian calendar was Simanu. Source: Mapping Time: The Calendar and its History, EG Richards.

Currently Reading: Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West, Stephen Ambrose.

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