How’s it going? I said I was out longer than I expected yesterday, running errands. And I decided, as Supremo Being Thing (at least as far as Fiction and Copy Decoded’s concerned), the day for that post would be today.
Let’s get to it.
The riding lawn mower had a leaky tire. Not many other ways to say that. Thought it was the stem, because that’s where it seemed to be leaking from.
So, I had to get that checked out. Enter stage left, the local Farm and Fleet.
I’ve actually been there quite a lot for different things over the years, but that’s beside our point for today.
They have a rigamarole over there that makes it so that people have to get work orders before people get tires worked on, so we had to get one of those.
Off to stand in front of another desk. A couple people helped me, and the girl asked the guy how to mark the work order.
I heard him say “Mark it as a lawn tire so they know it doesn’t have to be balanced or rotated” (or thereabouts–this information will be useful later).
So she did that, told me about what the signatures meant, and blah blah. Okay.
The guy at the desk said if just the stem was the problem, it would be $5. If it was the tube inside, it’d be more, something like $10 (don’t remember the number, and it is hard to estimate without all the facts, to be fair).
Well, the whole shebang cost $32.45, and took about 90 minutes. They had to yank the tube out of the tire and replace it, but the kicker was…
The work order told them that the tire had to be rotated.
I have no idea what was what, and I’m not blaming anyone. Any teeny misreading or mis-clickage could have caused a problem like that. I was just confused because I knew the girl was being extremely careful to get everything lined up correctly.
Oh, and I didn’t think it’d be so expensive–remember folks, always bring more dough/have more $ in your account of choice that you think something’s going to cost.
I was also shocked at how wrong I’d been about almost everything, based on what actually happened, and what I’d expected would happen.
That’s also my other point–sometimes things don’t go according to plan–or not even close to it.
I couldn’t do much about this type of thing with a tire, but there are other things you can do if you’re writing for clients or yourself, including:
Getting someone else who’s more experienced than you to look it over. This may cost dough, and ideally it’s better done before you turn in anything or publish your fiction through Amazon, or what-have-ya.
Do a partial rewrite if you can isolate where things went south (this is easier for a set of short emails than a 10,000 word story, to an extent).
Or, throw everything out, and start over with the bare bones of the research you gathered up. This is a pain, but still may need to be done from time to time.
So that was the tire adventure, pretty much. The good part is, now the lawn won’t look wildly uneven after it’s mowed.
Tomorrow is Triple F. Be sure to swing by.
Until next time,