Friday, July 10, 2009

Is Old Navy cursed?

I'm not superstitious at all, but we all remember the experience I had at Old Navy a couple of weeks ago in the parking lot, right?...

Well, yesterday I went with the kids again because the last time I was there they gave me a $20 coupon off my next purchase and it expired yesterday. I bought a couple of shirts and paid only the taxes so I was pretty happy! I called Randy (this time I took the cell), and told him we were on our way home. I actually left a message because Randy was home vacuuming and cleaning the carpets so he didn't hear the phone ring. As I was driving home I heard a loud weird noise from the side of the car, but since nothing else sounded or felt weird I kept driving. Soon after, someone driving pretty close to me pointed to my rear driver side tire so I pulled over. It turns out I had a flat!
I'm not very good at 'feeling' when I have a flat tire, so I hope I hadn't been driving on it for ever. Last time I had a flat was about 4 years ago when one of my friends let me use her car and I was on my way to pick her up for work! Same deal, I didn't hear or feel anything weird. So what did I do? I called Randy!

I'm sorry but even though I 'say' I would know how to change a tire, I'm still a little intimidated by it, and have never actually done it all by myself. So I figured, if he was home, he could come 'help' me out! Like I mentioned though, he was busy cleaning the house so he didn't hear the phone ring again...so I called our neighbors who live a couple of houses down(I'll have to write about them in a later post), and they were able to come to the house and let him know I needed him to call me. It's a good thing I took the cell phone! Otherwise I may have had to change a tire for the first time in my life! As Randy was changing the tire, some elders rode by on their bikes and asked if they could help...I thought that was nice!

I was remembering that on my mission I had a flat tire twice, the first time I was in Deming, New Mexico and we pulled over to a grocery store parking lot. I had sister Dickson as my companion, and she's such a go-getter that she didn't even hesitate to start to change the tire! She really hadn't gotten far when a guy came by and offered to help, I think he turned out to be an off duty cop! So I got a break there.

The second time was when I was in San Elisario, Texas. My companion was sister Burke and we were all dressed up for church one morning and as we got to our car, we realized we had a flat. The elders only lived about a 20 minute drive from us, so we called them, and they changed it for us thankfully...so yet again, I didn't 'have' to change a tire. I have always told Randy that I would just start and someone would inevitably stop because it's a girl changing a tire right? I'm so prissy when it comes to car stuff...and maybe when it comes to everything? For any of the ladies who read this blog...would you have changed the tire or would you have called your husband or significant other? If Dickson reads this I know the answer! She even has twins and a toddler now too!
So one of these days I should really change a tire 'for fun' so I can at least be more prepared....or else I might just have to call my sweet husband again ;)

5 comments:

Bethany said...

Crazy Old Navy! At least you got the awesome deals though.

I wouldn't have changed the tire myself. I don't really know how. And even if I did I probably wouldn't trust myself to do it right. Not something like that. I've only had one flat tire and I knew before I got in the car. I was at a work training thing in the middle of nowhere, but I had lots of co-workers there to change it for me.

reggstyl said...

You are so funny! I'm glad Randy could help you out that time. Also remember that same car in Deming and we took it in to get checked out because the "check engine" light was on...only it was because we hadn't screwed the gas thing on tight enough. And I only know how to change a tire because my dad made me practice before I was allowed to get my license...

Liz & Mark said...

I always call AAA or my insurance company. I could probably figure out how to change the tire (I know my dad would cringe to hear me say that b/c he's shown me!) but I don't believe in getting out in the middle of traffic or nowhere when I've got kids in the car and risk being hit or having some weirdo do something weird. I stay in the air-conditioned car w/ the doors locked and call for help! Besides, isn't that what you pay so much in insurance for? I like to get my money's worth- haha still, I should practice just in case I'm out of range somewhere...

Liz & Mark said...

P.S. I can't beleive Randy vaccuums the floor- Mark doesn't even know where it is (or at least he's never indicated by action that he knows how to clean)!

Stephanie said...

I think the best part of this story is that Randy was cleaning the carpets! I for sure wouldn't have changed it. I would probably even make Mike leave work to change it. I would be afraid I would mess something up.