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Old 09-23-05, 12:28 PM   #1
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No Christmas cookies for you...

Wednesday....I leave my house to pick up my daughter from school. My front tire is completely flat!! So, I call my friend to get my daughter and procede to change the tire, in my driveway. 101 freaking degrees outside and I am changing the tire, by myself...while my neighbor accross the street watches me. He is over in his driveway washing his car, and watching me change my tire. Now...I'm rather skilled in changing tires, I've done it more times then I've cared to. But come on, he's my neighbor...don't you think he could have at least asked me if I needed help? I thought so. And I know he saw me because he waved at me as I was yanking the spare tire out of the trunk!!!

And to think, last year I brought over a tin of homemade cookies for Christmas...

It's not nearly as bad as the time I changed my flat on the side of the highway (183 in Euless) while I was 8 1/2 months pregnant. Literally, I was in the hospital two weeks later having a baby!!!

On the bright side, new personal record...23 minutes!
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Some people are completely clueless. But at least you know how to change a tire in good time by yourself.

You should still give him cookies, but substitute the raisins for rat poopie. That oughta take care of karma. Just kidding....... Maybe :-)
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Well, it's like this. The guy is over there washing his car and he sees you fixing your flat and he thinks to himself,

"You know, it really would be gentlemanly if I went over there and changed The Princess' tire for her. You know, be gallant and all that. Of course, if I go over there and offer to change it she may think that I am being condescending and assuming that she is just a girl she can't do it. Then she'll get all upset with me, accuse me of being patronizing, and won't bring me that tin of chocolate chocolate chunk cookies at Christmas like last year.

"But then, if I don't go over there and offer to change it, she will think that I am some unchivalrous cretin. Then again, if I go over there and offer to change it, she may think that I am being all macho and putting the moves on her. And you know how the wife is. She would probably just accuse me of looking for an excuse to go over there and ingratiate myself to the sweet young neighbor lady in the lycra shorts.

"Maybe I'll just keep on washing the car. It looks like she's got it under control OK. But then again, she's been at it for over 20 minutes... maybe she really doesn't know how to do it or she just needs more muscle to get that tire back on. Oh, there she goes. Good, she did it herself. I made the right choice. Man, I can almost taste those cookies. I wonder if she wants that tin from last Christmas back."
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Dang Olebiker....... thats exactly the response I was formulating as I read the OP!
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I think Olebiker's got it, or he's pretty darn close, anyway. Of course, her neighbor might just not have cared to help her out(or he didn't like her cookies).

Kinda off-topic, is it really that time-consuming to change a tire on a road bike? Is that time for removing the wheel, tire and tube, then patching it and replacing it? Or is it one of those fancy tubular/tubeless(?) tires and you had to change the whole tire? Not trying to downplay your tire-changing skills, just curious.

edit: Thought this might be about Lebkuchen or something, initially...yes, I'm hungry.
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But come on, he's my neighbor...don't you think he could have at least asked me if I needed help? I thought so.
Maybe he figured if you needed help you wouldn't hesitate to ask

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It's not nearly as bad as the time I changed my flat on the side of the highway (183 in Euless) while I was 8 1/2 months pregnant. Literally, I was in the hospital two weeks later having a baby!!!
Zoiks! Now that's a hardcore cyclist.
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this is exactly why i don't live in suburbs. but i grew up in one, and i hated the fact that the idiot neighbors were always watching what you're doing. i prefer either living in a rural area where nobody is around for 100 miles or living in the most populated city where nobody cares what you're doing. nothing in between for me.
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Kinda off-topic, is it really that time-consuming to change a tire on a road bike? Is that time for removing the wheel, tire and tube, then patching it and replacing it? Or is it one of those fancy tubular/tubeless(?) tires and you had to change the whole tire? Not trying to downplay your tire-changing skills, just curious.
Cycleprincess was changing an automobile tire not a bicycle's.
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this is exactly why i don't live in suburbs. but i grew up in one, and i hated the fact that the idiot neighbors were always watching what you're doing. i prefer either living in a rural area where nobody is around for 100 miles or living in the most populated city where nobody cares what you're doing. nothing in between for me.
I don't like the 'burbs for the lack of space between houses, but I live in the county(on a septic system) so we have quite a bit more room than those serviced by sewers. I find it's kind of worth it, tho, when some of the neighbors get out in their bikinis washin' their car or whatnot. What can I say, I'm easy to please....
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Cycleprincess, let me know... I can save up a heap 'o "rat rasins" for you between now & Thanksgiving.
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Cycleprincess was changing an automobile tire not a bicycle's.
Duh! Made perfect sense to me that it was a bike when I got to the "spare tire out of the trunk" bit, because I keep my MTB tires in my trunk. My reading comprehension's okay, I just comprehend differently than most....

23 minutes is pretty damn good for an automobile tire.
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Duh! Made perfect sense to me that it was a bike when I got to the "spare tire out of the trunk" bit, because I keep my MTB tires in my trunk. My reading comprehension's okay, I just comprehend differently than most....

23 minutes is pretty damn good for an automobile tire.
Don't feel bad, I read it as a bike tire too!

If I saw someone changing their auto tire, I'd ask if they needed help, even if I was just riding by and they were some stranger. If I saw someone changing their bicycle tire, I'd watch and then give them pointers afterwards Kidding.

Maybe he saw you changing your tire and said to himself, "If I go over there and help, she's going to bring over more cookies. Please, God, no more cookies!"
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Funny thing is I don't know how to change the tire on my bicycle. Fortunately have never had to...but I know I should glean experience. I've always figured I'd hike up the lycra shorts and wait for some hot roadie to change it for me!

It may well be my cookies...I'm not exactly Betty Crocker...although my other neighbor raved about them.
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Okay, we're getting seriously off the topic of this thread.

Now, Princess, if your neighbour isn't going to be getting those cookies, let's see if we can't figure out someplace for you to send them. Hmm… I'm thinking someplace foreign, you know, kind of exotic, but not so far that the cookies get stale. Maybe Canada. Yeah. Surely there must be someone in Canada you could send those cookies to. You think about it. I'm sure someone as lovely and clever as youself could come up with a deserving recipient.

In case I haven't mentioned it, as I've come to know you over these forums, I've grown to think of you as my best friend.

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It's not nearly as bad as the time I changed my flat on the side of the highway (183 in Euless) while I was 8 1/2 months pregnant. Literally, I was in the hospital two weeks later having a baby!!!

On the bright side, new personal record...23 minutes!
I love you. Seriously, my heart is palpitating. I'm surrounded by wussy girls.
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I've never been a "girly" girl. Wussy girls piss me off.

Ha...I have another good story. Maybe I have shared this one, I'm not sure. Couple of months ago, I'm sitting in traffic...on this two lane road that usually isn't backed up much. Come to find some girl (obviously a girly girl) standing beside her stalled car. I pull up behind her and ask if I can do something for her. She said she was waiting for her husband to come push her car off the street. I said, I can push it for you. She said...you can't push my car. Those were the magic words...I said, put it in neutral. And I pushed it around the corner onto a side street (maybe 50 or so yards...no biggie). She was FLABBERGASTED! And I went home feeling rather proud of myself. That what living right (and weight training) will do for you!!

I love you too...btw!! And come to think of it, now I have two candidates for my chocolate chunk cookies (I use real Hershey's bars so the chunks are really big!)
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I was really, very, sincerely, absolutely kidding about anything I might have said about someone else saying to themselves something about your cookies.
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Cycleprincess, let me know... I can save up a heap 'o "rat rasins" for you between now & Thanksgiving.
Eww! Eww! Eww!

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23 minutes to change a tire? Best time? I've done it in 5 or less.

Oh wait that was back when I had a 57 Chevy, with a jack that worked and a tire iron that was more than 6" long!

It is funny how some people don't seem to be able to push a car. I've push started cars by hand before (e.g. get it up to speed and pop the clutch, usually used because of a dead battery). No problem with to guys and a woman driving. A bit harder with just one besides the driver.
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I've never been a "girly" girl. Wussy girls piss me off.
Well then, you are going to love this story. Several years ago we were on a ride and a young Frenchman was with us. He had a flat so we all stopped while he tried to change it. It became obvious that he didn't know what he was doing.

We guys did not want to jump in and help him since it might harm his delicate Gallic pride. The ladies in the group were not so sensitive. Jane Ann got exasperated and said, "Ghislain, have you ever changed a tire before?" He admitted that he had not. Jane Ann, ever the resourceful grandmother, then changed the tire for him. I haven't seen Ghislain on his bike since.
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I love you too...btw!! And come to think of it, now I have two candidates for my chocolate chunk cookies (I use real Hershey's bars so the chunks are really big!)

Oh no... now I LOVE YOU too! (Chunks of Hershey bars?! I'm panting....)

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Okay, we're getting seriously off the topic of this thread.

Now, Princess, if your neighbour isn't going to be getting those cookies, let's see if we can't figure out someplace for you to send them. Hmm… I'm thinking someplace foreign, you know, kind of exotic, but not so far that the cookies get stale. Maybe Canada. Yeah. Surely there must be someone in Canada you could send those cookies to. You think about it. I'm sure someone as lovely and clever as youself could come up with a deserving recipient.
Now that is a great idea.. did I mention I'm Canadian too?

I confess, I thought it was a bike tire first too. He is a bit of a limp kinda guy if he didn't offer to help change a car tire, even had he not a clue about that either, married or not.
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You're piss poor, you don't have any extra tire levers...
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