Thursday, December 04, 2008

Jump it forward

When the neighbor's battery died, I knew just how she was feeling. My brand-new battery came to the rescue, and another neighbor did the honors with my cables.

I should be ashamed to admit I have never jumped a car or changed a tire all by myself. Every time I've needed to, someone has come along and said, "Here, I'll show you how."


  1. Me too, on both counts. I'm always afraid to admit that out loud, because I might jinx myself. You're braver than I am.

  2. I've got a set of super long heavy commercial grade cables, and in the winter, I'm the Jumping Gal. At least once a week I come to someone's aid.

    I'll be honest, while I know perfectly well how to change a tire, those days are over. AAA is on speed dial or I will look mighty pathetic & cute. Tires are not my thing.

  3. Me either. And given how I short things when I try to connect a few wires, I don't think anyone would want my help with that!

    I used to be terrified of fueling up, too. It's only in the last 8 years or so that I got over my fear! I grew up in countries where the "petrol station" was always managed - rather like NJ - and I was always worried that I would drive off with the hose still attached or forget to close my fuel tank.

  4. I bought fabulous jumper cables a few years ago that come in a zip-up bag with the instructions printed on it. And flat tires? We moved to the country almost two years ago. The last time I had a flat tire I was five minutes from home so I just called my husband for help. While I was waiting for him EVERY car that drove by stopped and asked me if I needed help. Every. . .single. . .car. How awesome is that?

  5. Lisa, I've probably jinxed myself, yes, but I've been shown how to deal with it so many times, I think I'll manage.

    Titus, good for you. I would not change a tire if I could get AAA there in a timely fashion.

    Manisha, that's funny! I can sympathize: I was afraid of the first gas stove I had.

    Wendi, that's totally awesome. One plus of country living. Everyone knows that could be them then next time, with you driving by.

  6. I'm the same way... completely car ignorant. I can pump my own gas and add windshield washer fluid. After that, I'm at a loss.