to the "Wheel Store": 07/18/06
Yesterday at 3 PM, Ian telephoned me at work to say he'd had his second blow out in a month. This time he was on the
580 heading into Dublin in search of an air conditioned store to beat the heat. He's not
sure if he hit something on the shoulder after he had to get out the way of a crazy driver
who was driving too aggressively or if it was the heat (104° F) but something caused
his right front tire to blow.
Fortunately I was done for the day and was able to leave work early to pick up Sean from
day care so that the two of us could then meet Ian where ever he may have ended up. Shortly
after Ian had called me and tried calling AAA (only to find they were over loaded by a bunch
of cars suffering heat related problems), one of the Caltrans sponsored tow trucks stopped
to help him change his tire and get him back on the road.
Ian limped his car down to Sears where Sean and I met up with him. Sean had been surprised
to see me picking him up but understood immediately what was going on once I told him about
Ian's flat tire. "Oh, we have to go the wheel store to get Daddy," he said and
off we went. I hadn't been to the auto department at this Sears before but Sean had. I got
lost in the parking lot while Sean kept pointing helpfully in the right direction. Of course,
I didn't pay any attention to his directions (what in born flaw is it that makes parents
ignore good advice from their children?) and had to call Ian. Ian of course pointed me in
the exact direction that Sean had been trying to get me to go for the last five minutes.
Sean fortunately found my inability to follow his directions very funny.
We had to wait with Ian for about ten minutes while he waited to pay. Sears was short
staffed at the end of the day and there were lots of people in there with cars with heat
related problems. I don't think they were expecting as much business at the end of the day
that they found themselves with. Sean meanwhile gave me the grand tour of the place, showing
me where the doors have the word "open" on the locks and where the different tires
At last Ian was paid and we were able to caravan to Carrows for dinner. Ian's car doesn't
have AC and after two hours of dealing with a flat tire he was parched. Carrows is the last
remaining building on a city block that had been a grotty motel and an abandoned movie theater.
There is now a Target going up and some other sort of building. Carrows's parking lot has
been moved to the front of the building and the manager was outside making sure we were able
to find our way from the new lot to the store. Inside there was a lovely breeze of air conditioned
air. Two waitresses kept us awash in ice water and we had a lovely dinner.
Work from Home Schedule:
I'm so happy! We've finally agreed on a work from home schedule for the remainder of this pregnancy and have told our client the news. Now I no longer feel like I'm sneaking around to work more comfortably from home. Starting tomorrow I'll working from home 3 of the 5 days, still coming in on Mondays and Tuesdays to train my coworkers for the two weeks when I'll be offline recovering from Harriet's birth.