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Estate Sale Run Ends with a Bang

January 24, 2012
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We had another weekend of estate sale finds. This time Tom found the usual collection of unusual tools including some more of those funky rubber gloves.

This time there's a pair of funky gloves in my size

The key item that Tom found were some heavy duty industrial steel shelves.

This will be perfect for the storage room

This will get us started on an important project- creating organized storage in the Kodak room. The majority of the stuff we moved out of our little house remains in boxes in another room. As we’ve needed something, I shuffle what were originally carefully stacked and labeled boxes and root around until I find what I need. And there the box remains. That and when I accidentally flooded the room furthering the chaos. After a year of this, it is a total mess and we have no idea where most of our stuff has ended up. My vision is to have everything stored in sealed, labeled tubs, easy to grab just the thing I need. If you’ve ever seen the show, Mythbusters, I can imagine a room like theirs with floor to ceiling tubs all clearly labeled with titles such as ‘Bones’. That would be one of Tom’s tubs.

So organized!

Tom was able to fit most of the haul in the Subaru, but the shelves required the capacity of the B.A.T. He scheduled the return trip for Sunday afternoon when the sale was wrapping up. We dressed for the weather and the potentially dirty task at hand (I recommend layering the work gloves over the thermal ones) and hit the road. About ten minutes into our journey Tom says “What was that?” when there was  a PING! We looked in the mirrors and everything seemed to be fine. Three or four minutes later there was a PANG and then a few seconds later there was GRRRL, BANG, THWAP, THWAP, THWAP. At  mile 5 marker on northbound I-270, the tire that white knight Tom swapped for the spare over a year ago spectacularly blew out.

Stick a fork in this one, it's done

It is so done, it had a smoke

Luckily, we were in the right lane. We are SO GLAD this didn’t happen when someone else was using the truck. Tom pulled over to the shoulder and we regrouped. We looked at each other and realized our plans had once again been revised. Tom called the estate sale folks. I called AAA. I’ve been a member of AAA since I could drive. There were times that the my 1976 Chevy Monza, orange, would test the limits of the tows per month allowance. Lately, I’ve wondered if the coverage was worthwhile, but I’ve kept up with the membership, mostly for the discounts. Times like this one make me realize that, discounts aside, it is nice to be able to call a capable young man with a tow truck when you drive without a spare tire for more than a year.

An even bigger truck was needed for this job

Thank you AAA!

We did actually take the truck in for tires pretty soon after the first flat. We went to Costco when they were having a tire sale and, unfortunately, they were sold out of truck tires. For some reason, we never went back. This time we were able to call ahead, from the side of the highway, and made sure they had the tires we needed. The driver took us to Costco and guys got us right in. While that was happening, we had an hour and a half to kill at Costco. It ended up being an expensive day, but the truck is safer to drive and our pantry is brimming.

Shiny new, safer ride

We didn’t end up getting the last load that day. We both took the morning off today and picked them up, uneventfully, except for the fact that that stuff weighs a ton and we’re going to be sore tomorrow. Another B.A.B. day and another adventure.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. rick peterson permalink
    January 25, 2012 9:03 pm

    Seroiusly….an orange monza ???
    Nice gloves and clamps though.

    • Sue permalink
      January 25, 2012 9:13 pm

      I never had to worry it would get jacked!

  2. Maurine permalink
    January 25, 2012 6:57 pm

    See, if I hadn’t given you my old orange Monza to drive back to Wash U. that year, you might not be a AAA member today, and might still be sitting on the side of the road waiting for a tow. Mother does know best! Love, Mom

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