What a day I had yesterday!
First off, the original plan for work (a plan put in place by the guy I'm working with) was to sleep in a bit and start at a Walmart between 8 and 9. However, I got a phone call from the guy at around 7 saying that he was sick and asking if I could pack out the route by myself. That's fine...I need to see what it will be like by myself anyway.
If I learned one thing, it's that I will need to get an early start on Fridays if I want to get home at a reasonable hour. I got to my first store at 9, and finished my last one a little after 6. I didn't get home until almost 8. And no, my last store was not almost 2 hours from home. The reason it took so long to get home is because in my effort to avoid traffic, I used my StreetPilot to take the shortest way home, and on a very narrow backwoods road, at a point where another car was coming in the other direction, I hit a pothole so hard I blew a tire. So I had the wonderful task of changing a tire in pitch black darkness (note to self....get a lantern to keep in the car). Funny, my first thought was that I'm paying almost $100/year for the BP Motor Club, and I've never used it in 10 years, and I should call roadside service and use it. But then I considered two things that dismissed the thought. First, I probably would have sat there for a couple of hours waiting, and second, real men don't call roadside service to change a friggin' tire.
Anyway, now I have to get to the dealer and either get the tire fixed (maybe it just got the wind knocked out of it?) or replaced, and have them check and make sure I didn't fuck up the front end at all. It felt ok driving home...didn't even feel like it got knocked out of alignment. I have to say it's really cool having a full-sized spare, including it being the same exact tire that's on the car.
Nine months, one week, 5 hours
11289 cigarettes not smoked, saving $2,822.76
Life saved: 5 weeks, 4 days, 4 hours