Livin’ on the Edge
You know that 2-tire blowout Keith had last week? While en route to get fireworks last night, it was crudely brought to our attention that little incident did more damage than we originally thought.
Cruising down Highway 321 in Clover, SC – a large kathump happened on the passenger (my) side of the car and the brakes completely locked up. We went SCRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR for 200 feet or so while Keith struggled to maintain the wheel, making a split-second decision to take an opportunistic pull-off into a closed service station. He narrowly missed smashing into a big green dumpster before coming to a stop with the ass-end of the car still hanging out in the street. Neither of us said a word while it was happening, but once stopped we both cried out “what the f*ck!?!” in unison. What is it they say again about finishing each other’s sentences?
If you’ve ever wondered (raising my hand) what happens when you pop a ball joint from an axle… well, it looks something like this.
So much for that brand new
set of four three tires and rims.
Reckon’ we gotta scratch that last-minute fireworks run, honey. Looks like them there wheels don’t roll end over end after awl!! Hell, maybe if we climb up on the roof o’ the house later we can enjoy some of those mortars our neighbors bawt…
Silver linings are everywhere to be found. There was no 105 degree weather, the rain had stopped an hour prior, and Keith wasn’t going the usual 65-70 mph down the interstate on his way home from work. We are safe, we are blessed – and God is good.
Lucky for you. My luck-zombies and werewolves woulda come chasing.
July 5, 2012 at 3:45 pm
Lucky indeed, Carl! Felt even more fortunate when we saw the car bill today – anything under a thousand surprised me since he opted to have both sides replaced.
July 5, 2012 at 6:43 pm
testing-am I spammed your blog ?
July 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm
I’ve been checking my spam daily since you talked about having this problem, and you weren’t in it. But just now, I had two in there… both from today! I unspammed it so hopefully it won’t happen here again…
July 5, 2012 at 6:36 pm
I’m just so glad nobody was hurt .. but very frightening, I’m sure ..
July 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm
Thanks Mom, I am too. Today Keith brought up the fact that had we been going around a curve, we’d likely have flipped. Scary thought.
July 5, 2012 at 6:46 pm
Ouch! Good thing the highway fairies were looking out for you two. And I think you’re both full up on your quota of tire related shenanigans for the year, thank goodness.
July 8, 2012 at 8:11 pm
So true Dave! And you’re right, we’ve definitely met our quota from the rogue rock. He should’ve saved it instead of initially throwing it down a ravine! It turned out to be a pretty expensive rock…
July 9, 2012 at 11:20 am
Glad you’re ok!
July 9, 2012 at 2:53 pm
July 9, 2012 at 10:16 pm
Scary experience, glad you are all safe.
July 10, 2012 at 4:02 pm
Thanks GB, it could have been a lot worse.
July 11, 2012 at 8:00 am
Cars are a nightmare! Glad no one was hurt!
July 12, 2012 at 6:44 am
They sure can be – thanks Victoria!!
July 12, 2012 at 9:13 am
Wow…scary, but a great blog story now that it’s over…:-)
July 17, 2012 at 10:02 am
Thanks! Yeah for about a week now I’ve been waiting on the third ball to drop – so far we’ve been lucky! 🙂
July 17, 2012 at 10:30 am