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Not quite down, but safe

Checking in from an absurdly large hotel room at a Ramada with an indoor waterpark (closed, alas) in southwest Michigan, a few miles from where my tire blew out. I've seen people leave emergency spares on for approximately ever, but given that I started my weekend by leaving my cellphone at home, I determined that driving 150 miles on a donut would probably constitute pushing my luck.

My adventures also included about half a dozen blocks of Bloor being torn up for construction, which, combined with the fact that I really only know the major streets in downtown Toronto and ALL of them had temporary signs prohibiting turns onto Bloor, resulted in many expeditions down streets that end abruptly or suddenly wind off in a different direction before I actually made it to the hotel about an hour after I hit the neighborhood. Luckily, when I'd realized at my aunt's house the night before that I'd forgotten my phone, I had emailed the people expecting me to call upon arrival, so they knew I wouldn't be able to call them to say I was delayed.

We will not discuss the construction on Jarvis shutting off the on-ramp to the Gardiner with no warning until you're actually at the ramp. *headdesk* Apparently, the city didn't want me to arrive and park where I'd planned, but once I was there, it didn't want me to leave either!

Fortunately, I had a marvelous afternoon gabbing with friends old and new, munching on fruit generously provided by the proprietors of one of the friendliest bookstores I've ever visited, and got to walk around a city I love on a gloriously beautiful day. And sleep in a very charming (and reasonably priced) hotel built into and onto an 1882 mansion, with the sitting room fireplace still in the front room and everything.

And now I'm in an absurdly large hotel room with a shiny new book. Life could be infinitely worse. :-)

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maiac
Jun. 8th, 2009 11:49 am (UTC)
O NOES!

I'm very glad the blown tire didn't cause worse than the cost of replacing it and a delay in getting home. And you have a shiny new book to read! (I've finished it already, and already want to read it again.)

wiliqueen
Jun. 8th, 2009 11:54 am (UTC)
Absolutely. It was even still light out, so it was a piece of cake. Last time I changed a tire at the side of the highway, it was after dark and in the leading edge of a Cleveland blizzard.

This'll teach me to procrastinate buying a full-size spare. I've had the car almost a year, so there's really no excuse.
maiac
Jun. 8th, 2009 11:59 am (UTC)
I am suppressing the "It's all my fault! I encouraged her to go to Toronto!"

It's a bit troubling that the tire blew after only a year. Or did something in the road puncture it?
wiliqueen
Jun. 8th, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
Dunno yet; I imagine they'll tell me if they find anything in it. There's quite a bit of construction with rumble strips, etc. on I-94, so I'm blaming that.

It actually took me several seconds to even realize it was flat -- it was suddenly just making a funny noise and pulling slightly as if the alignment needed to be adjusted, and for a moment I blamed it on the road surface.

Edit: Definitely a puncture. Though a clean(ish) puncture the approximate size and shape of a Chiclet, about two inches up the sidewall on the inside face of the tire, invites the wildest speculation as to cause.

Edited at 2009-06-08 09:46 pm (UTC)
maiac
Jun. 8th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
Saturday night
What theatre entertainment did you find Saturday night?
wiliqueen
Jun. 8th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Saturday night
Walked a lot and ended up at a fiction reading/discussion that was part of that "Luminato" arts festival. Very interesting; will probably post about it later.

I almost went to the ballet (Carmen!), but even for a single they only had nosebleed seats, and I learned a long time ago that watching dance from too far away is worse than watching no dance at all.
maiac
Jun. 8th, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Saturday night
::smacks forehead:: I had completely forgotten about Luminato. I looked over the program book Friday and wished I could have seen some of the programs.
andpuff
Jun. 8th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
Oh no... AND a flat tire? That was quite the trip. It was wonderful to see you, however briefly, but next year I think we should just both go to Polaris. It's got to be easier. *g*

Edited at 2009-06-08 07:25 pm (UTC)
wiliqueen
Jun. 8th, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
Hey, I got stories for days now. So it's all good.

And totally worth it -- brief visiting is still visiting!

Halfway through the book. Enjoying immensely. Wanting pie.

Edited at 2009-06-08 09:46 pm (UTC)
quasievil_bunny
Jun. 8th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
Whoa...glad you're okay & everything worked out!
wiliqueen
Jun. 8th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
You and me both!
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