12:28 am – I wake up and have this feeling that something is amiss. I then remember my car is some 25 miles away, parked under a streetlight in Berkeley. It’s Berkeley, I think, everything is fine. I go back to sleep.
9:05 am – The battery is fried and I need a new one. We hope the mismatched jump only ruined the battery, and nothing else. I’m $120 poorer. Dang!
9:30 – We pull up to my car and I see a tree trunk propped in the are where my tire should be. I try to stay calm but expletives explode from my mouth. What the #$#$%%^%^^&**&(&*(&!!!!
It’s Berkeley, where they hug trees and grow their own food, and someone stole my tire but left me a tree trunk. The irony is not lost on me.
9:32 am – While I’m losing it, the S.O. hops out to survey the rest of my car. He walks past my car, to the corner, and yells that my tire is there! In mint condition, and with the expensive, Honda alloy rim attached. Huh?
9:35 am – Someone stole my tire, went to the trouble of propping my car on a tree trunk, walked down the street and changed their mind. Or got arrested. Or got caught and ran. I should be grateful, but I’m MORE annoyed.
9:40 am – After all this, the brand new $120 battery still won’t make my car start. I’m done. It’s at this point that I laugh at the insanity of it all.
9:45 am – Tow truck will take 45 min to come and tow to a guy I know in Oakland. We realize we have to buy lug nuts since the idiotic thief seemed to keep those when decided to leave the tire behind. Why!!?
10:45 am – I love the S.O. dearly, but he almost just broke my axel and popped my dismembered tire when his jack collapsed. We can’t get this tire on to save our lives. Oh yea, and the coffee I so needed just fell and spilled too.
11:15 am – Where’s the tow truck?? 45 minutes turned into an hour and a half. No caffeine, no breakfast. Lord, help me.
11:30 am – Tow truck driver arrives and gets the tire on in less than 2 minutes. He entertains us with wild tow truck driver stories. I laugh, for real this time.
12:00 pm – Thank goodness for Sol. He seems confident he knows what the problem is. Now I’m praying overtime that the repairs are affordable, especially since the tow was $60 and the lug nuts $15.