Daily Archives: August 8, 2019

An Impactful Blog . . .

I was out at the crack of noon to take a look at the rear brakes on our truck. But first I raised both front wheels to check for a dragging  sound.

Along with the grinding sound coming from the rear brakes I can also hear a dragging noise when the truck is moving slowly. But I wasn’t sure if it was coming from the front or the rear. But when I spun both front wheels I got no noise, so it’s all coming from the rear.

So after cooling off inside the rig and hydrating some, I went back outside to take a crack at the rears. But I didn’t get very far.

When I tried to loosen the first lug nut with the wrench, it wouldn’t budge, even when I stood and jumped on it. So I pulled out my cheater piper and tried it. And after jumping on it. I got it loose, and well as all the others.

Except one.

When I tried that one, the wrench would slip, because the lug nut was slightly rounded off. I even tried a 3/8” drive socket of the correct size, but it slipped too.


I lay this directly on Discount Tires, since they’re the last ones that worked on this when they sold me the tire last year.

There was no need for them to tighten the lug nuts like this. If I was at the side of the road and didn’t have my cheater pipe, I couldn’t change the tire, regardless of the rounded off nut.

Somebody needs to have their impact driver confiscated.

I’ll go by Discount Tire this weekend and get them to get it off. And also pre-loosen the lug nuts on the other side, just in case.

After getting cleaned up, Jan and I headed up to the Clear Lake area so I could first get a hair cut. But that didn’t work out either.

My usual barber shop, Esthela’s, was closed, with no reason why. Just the Closed sign. I started using this place about 30 years ago when it was Lou’s, but he retired a couple of years ago, and one of his barber’s, Esthela, bought him out.

So I hope there’s not a problem. It’s hell to break in a new barber.

So we decided to head back down to our area to eat at Chili’s. But since I was low on gas, we detoured into the Costco to fill up. And it was nice to see a price of $2.16 on the pump.

Before we parked at Chili’s, we drove by the nearby location of the new Black Bear Diner to check it out. We were surprised to see how big it’s going to be, and it will be needed due to how busy they will be.

At Chili’s we went with our usual favs, a bowl of their Chicken Enchilada Soup for both us,

Chili's Chicken Enchilda Soup

and a Grilled Chicken Caribbean Salad to go with.

Chili's Grilled Chicken Caribeean Salad 2

Tomorrow night we’re going to Alvin to first have dinner at Monterey’s and then attending the Alvin Opry to see a long time favorite, John Mark Davis.

Really looking forward to it.

Thought for the Day: 

Digital data doesn’t really exist unless you have at least two copies of it – Murphy’s First Law of Computing


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