Believe it or not, I’ve never had a flat tire. Ever. And you want to know something? I’m kind of bummed about this.
“My God, why?” you might ask. How could I ever curse what seems like such outrageous luck? Simple, really: if I ever did have a flat tire, I’d know exactly how to swap it for a spare. That’s knowledge (and power) I want to use!
It doesn’t even have to be my own flat tire — I’d settle for anyone’s. Oh, how my heroism with a lug wrench could become legendary if only given the chance: saving a group of hikers stranded in the dangerous wilderness, rescuing a damsel in distress, getting my nephew to his T-ball game on time … the possibilities are endless.
And believe me, it’s not for a lack of trying. In high school, I carpooled strictly with the football team in hopes the sheer bulk would obliterate at least one wheel. As a valet in downtown Chicago, I returned people’s cars by popping them up over the curb. And as a resident of Los Angeles, well, I drive places (anyone who knows this city’s pothole situation knows I should’ve had flats galore plus minor scoliosis by now). But still, nothing.
As the anticipation mounts, it seems my moment in the handyman sun will have to wait. The good thing is, when it comes, I’ll be ready to shine.
If you’d like to achieve this same level of confidence and strike flat-tire fears from your life (and how could you not?), check out our step-by-step video on how to change a flat tire.
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