Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Every spring they are big issues, but up here in my my corner of the world, it seems so much worse this year. There's a stretch I travel, and I'm willing to bet in one place there are holes in the pavement for about a half mile. This isn't any back road either. It's a main drag! If you're unlucky and come face to face with one, hopefully you only end up being out a hubcab (a removable plastic or metal cover for the wheel) like the silver sedan pictured here, but today even these are becoming pretty pricey. About three years ago, our Maxima was 'attacked' by a huge hole on Route 22. I was in traffic, and it came up out of nowhere. Well, at least that's my story. The passenger front tire hit it head on. It deflated fast. I pulled over and assessed the damage. I called AAA. They came changed the tire, and I was on my way. No problem, right? I'd get air in the tire and my local garage would pop it on, balance it, and my life would be back to normal. No so fast, buddy! The garage noticed that the tire had sustained a large gash. New tire needed. Expensive. Now, if it had only have ended there. On further inspection, the mechanic informed me that the steel wheel was dented beyond salvaging. So, new tire. Expensive! New entire wheel. VERY expensive!
I called the Town Office to try to get some retribution.
It wasn't for spite.
I really thought the size of the hole was their fault.
I had heard, in some cases, the town's insurance can cover a bit of the cost.
I was hoping.
Hoping against hope.
I paid the price... ah, on Elenka's car.
* But on the positive side, I like the colors of the two buildings here.
**btw my corn beef and cabbage meal, of last evening, was delicious!