I installed a new set of tires last night. This morning, eight miles into my first ride on these new tires, as I approached an intersection that's been torn open for several weeks for construction, a piece of gravel from the construction site tore a hole in the sidewall of my rear tire.
As luck would have it, I didn't have a dollar bill on me and you can't boot a tire with a debit card. I tried using a business card. The first time I pumped the tire up, I saw that the card had slid away from the hole, so I had to deflate and try again. The second time it was in place, but I only got about 500 yards before the tire blew out. It turns out you can't boot a tire with a business card. Now out of tubes, I patched the second tube (which fortunately blew out with a relatively small hole) and put a big tire patch on the inside of the tires sidewall.
I guess I have neither question nor particularly interesting information here. I just needed to vent.
OK, here's a question actually... How hard would the city government laugh if I sent them a bill for a new tire?