A routine gone awry

Days like this always start off normal. I wake up, convince myself that I have to take a shower. Bitch, moan and complain in my head that I didn’t get enough sleep last night. Feel like a zombie until I finally get into the car an hour later.

Today, I decided to take Highway 50 and it’s a good thing I did. While on the way to work, my right front tire blew up….on the freeway where that chaos happens because people are trying to merge over to Interstate 5. If you’ve ever driven it, you probably call it a clusterfuck like I do.

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Someone up there was looking out for me because a CHP officer was behind me when my tire exploded. I freaked out. I felt the adrenaline rushing through my veins as “Shit! Shit! Shit!” rushed through my brain.

I had the presence of mind to put on my hazard lights. The CHP officer told me on his loud speaker to slow down and that he would follow me off the freeway. Do you see how far I had to go at 20 miles and hour?

So, I landed at 2nd and Q Street in the parking lot of some fitness place, which didn’t seem to be open anymore. I mean it was 7:00 AM, don’t people usually workout then? Regardless, the CHP officer who wasn’t even in his uniform yet, made sure I was OK and that I was able to deal with my car. AAA to the rescue!!

As I’m sitting in my car calling one of my bosses (no I don’t have 8 different ones) to let him know why I’m going to be late, I see a sign. Literally & figuratively. I see a guy pushing a sign on to the sidewalk of the business next door that says, “Tire Sale.”

I shit you not.

Of course, I had to take my car there to get new tires. I mean the universe doesn’t get any more straightforward than that, right?

After AAA put on my spare, I drove the 50 feet to Advanced Tire Services. It felt like I was supposed to be there. I felt light and happy like things were moving along as they should. This family owned business will now be patronized by me as long as I work downtown…maybe even longer. The service was great and they had shuttle service that dropped me off right at my office, which was only a few blocks away.

Seriously, if you need an oil change, new tires, brakes, whatever, I highly recommend these folks especially if you work downtown. They are right off the freeway and very close if you work near Capitol Mall.

After the scary moments on the freeway, it was like the universe took hold of me and put me on this new path. It flowed so well. I didn’t even have to really think about it. I wasn’t grumpy about not getting enough sleep. All of this positive energy was coursing through me instead and all I wanted to do was share it with the world.

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