SoCS — Tired

Interesting prompt today, Miss Linda!  I’ve already told my “flat tires in foreign countries” stories here. So I won’t bore you with that one again, it can get tiring to hear the same stories over and over. Of course, you know you are good friends with someone when you begin to realize that you have heard all their stories. You know they are a really good friend when they let you tell them over and over anyway! 🙂


Well, this one is a new story! My husband hit a pothole last week and ruined a tire, so he had to get a new one. The good news is that we had road hazard guarantee on it, so it wasn’t a horribly huge expense. He did, however, have the unsavory experience of having been accosted by homeless people asking him for money as he was putting the spare on the car. Seriously? What is wrong with people? It’s not like any of them were offering to help him change the tire; they just took the opportunity to ask for money since he was “stopped” in their “neighborhood.” I do feel bad that there are people who are truly down on their luck, but I do not understand this kind of behavior.


I do get tired of avoiding potholes. We have a huge pothole problem in our city. Finally the voters wised up last year and voted in an extra tax to get some of it fixed, but it is a slow process. In the meantime there are still potholes large enough to swallow a Smartcar in one gulp and which could easily eat a normal-sized sedan or small truck in a couple of bites.


Here’s an interesting fact about the city and potholes: In theory, there are circumstances in which the city will reimburse you for damage done to your car by potholes. The reality is that I doubt anyone has ever  been reimbursed because I did the same thing a couple years ago and I reported it and tried to make a claim. They then asked me if I had “reported” the pothole in question. Of course I hadn’t; I didn’t even know there was a “pothole hotline.” They then told me that since the pothole had not been previously reported, there was no way they could have known of its existence and had not, therefore had an opportunity to fix it, and as a result could not possibly be liable for the damage. Of course, had I reported said pothole, I would have realized that it was there and therefore it would have been my responsibility to avoid it, meaning that they still wouldn’t have been liable for the damage.


Honestly, there are so many potholes in this city that I could make a full-time job out of locating and reporting them.  I really think it would be a terrible job, and I can’t imagine that anyone would pay for me to do it. I think it might be a suitable job for somebody, though, even if it might cost them a tire. Maybe it would work for someone who’s already “re-tired.” Ha!



This post is part of Linda G Hill’s “Stream of Consciousness Saturday”  — Click and read, click and join in! Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “tire.”  Use it with a prefix and/or and suffix or use it as is. Enjoy!







19 thoughts on “SoCS — Tired

  1. We have pot hole problems here, too, but mainly in the parking lots of businesses. You’re right, sometimes you don’t see them in time, and your tires go right in them with a big jolt! Glad you had some coverage for the repair! 🙂

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  2. One of the local TV stations has a “pothole Patrol” where people call in to report potholes, then they send one of the younger reporters to go to city hall and nag them into fixing them.It’s a living, I suppose…

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    1. We try. If I ever stop posting en”tire”ly, I guess you’ll know where to start looking. I think some of the potholes that seem to have been fixed are actually just occupied by some poor Smartcar or Fiat and its driver, being eventually so covered in dust that they appear to be part of the road…

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  3. Ah I love the creative ways authorities get themselves out of their responsibility. And it doesn’t matter where you live. I think that is one reason for their existence 😉

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  4. At least where you live they have the excuse of extreme temperature variations, or am I mistaken? Here they say it’s because the authorities save on the type of material they use, so quality is low and potholes appear soon after roads have been re-done. I found out there is a sort of “pothole hotline”, but it’s manned by volunteers, and they are actually the ones who go out there and repair them at their own organization’s expense! We also get deaths when crazy zooming motorbikes hit a particularly nasty one.

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      1. In Rome, it’s bad, insufficient, strike-riddled. Only 2 underground lines for around 4.5 Million people, both buses and metro old and they break down regularly, spilling thousands into the street on their way to work (about 10 times so far this year). A nightmare so that’s why far too many people choose cars and motorcycles – they’re aggressive, rude, and no respect for the few bus priority lanes in town. Double parking is considered normal, so buses often can’t get through. Traffic is the main reason living in Rome isn’t the dream most tourists make it out to be. Milan and smaller cities have good public transportation though. Even the Naples metro is newer and better!

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  5. Ha! Driving around would be an excellent job for whoever has the cushy one of sitting behind a desk answering phones about reimbursements for potholes that they’ll never receive anyway!! How much do you want to bet it’s a relative of someone high up on the city’s payroll? 😛

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