Wrestle Beetles… and Win!

I am sore. Muscles ache that I didn’t know I had.

Yesterday afternoon I swapped the wheels from the old Beetle to the new. The old Beetle had new tires, the new Beetle had old. And, let’s be frank — on a purely aesthetic level, I liked the rims on the old Beetle far more than the rims on the new.

I got out the jacks, blocked the tires, and went to work.

In true Uncle Scrooge fashion, I worked smart, not hard. Position the jack just behind the front wheel and it will get both wheels on that side off the ground. But I could never remember which direction loosened the lugnuts.

All told, it took an hour fifteen. I had eight tires to move around. (I didn’t bother getting the lugnuts super-tight on the old Beetle; it’s not driving anywhere.) I rotated the tires as they went onto the new Beetle; this seemed wise.

But, damn, I ache. If I shamble at the office, coworkers, I have not been assaulted by a zombie. Instead I wrestled poodles… I mean Beetles… and won!

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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