I Got a Flat Tire, and My Life Is Awesome

I had planned to blog about how driving my car has become kind of interesting novelty (Oooh! I have the car today!) now that I bike most places I go regularly.

But today I had the car for a job interview, and on the way home from it, I ran over some sort of twisted metal and got a flat tire. While this was inconvenient and I wish I still had the $165 (for tow and tire), the whole experience actually exposed a number of things about my life that are great.

  1. I have a car! It let me down a bit today, but 999 times out of a thousand, I get in it and it whisks me over the kinds of distances I could only dream travelling by foot or bicycle. It’s faster than horses and doesn’t poop all over the place.
  2. I have money. Three years ago, I ran up a nine hundred dollar emergency room bill (insurance deductible). I did not have it. The bill came in three separate parts as medical bills do, so I had to make three separate phone calls asking for payment plans, including for the smallest bill–which was $137. That was a real low point for me. Today, I could put the charges on my Visa and be confident I can pay it off at the end of the month. Even if it had been a thousand dollars, I have an emergency fund now.
  3. Modern technology rocks. I don’t have a smartphone yet (I actually ordered one! Stay tuned for details!) but I have a dumb phone which allows me to sit in my car and call for help. Then the power of the Internet allowed someone 1700 miles away to find me a tow company.
  4. People love me. Lacking a smart phone, my best option was to call people and ask them to look up the number of a tow truck company. The first four people I called weren’t available, but I hit pay dirt on the fifth call, my brother-in-law. And if he didn’t answer, I would have moved on to friends. Plenty of people willing to help me out of a jam.
  5. I love to read. If you love to read enough, every delay becomes a mini-vacation. Of the hour and a half the whole thing took, I got to read for probably an hour! It was great! Thank goodness I had brought my Nook.

Other things that worked in my favor: The kids were not with me and the weather was lovely. What are you grateful for this week?

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About frugalparagon

I'm a part-time librarian and mom to two small boys. I blog about striving for the long-term goal of financial independence while running a tight ship at home.

6 responses to “I Got a Flat Tire, and My Life Is Awesome”

  1. Autumn says :

    And it’s awesome that you got the flat on your way home instead of on the way there! I’m also grateful that cars don’t poop. I love Charleston, SC, but because of all the horse and buggies for the tourist folk, there is horse poop everywhere. Add in 100 degree summer days with 190% humidity…..it’s a smelly situation.

  2. Mrs. Frugalwoods says :

    What a great perspective to have! I really like that you found not one, but many, positives in this situation. I hope you get the job! And, agreed on the lack of car-poop.

  3. zambianlady says :

    I know what you mean about horse compost :). I am grateful that I do not live in the Centre of Vienna where there are horse carriage tours and it smells of poop all the time. The area is nice, but the ‘organic’ smell of horse is something else.

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