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Tire gauge

September 24th, 2010

For what feels like two months, Claus' car dashboard had the low tire pressure light up. I would get in it at least twice a week for jujitsu practice, and see it. At first, I suggested we stop at a gas station and fill up the tire. I do that every month to make sure my own tires are properly inflated.

"I did that, but the light is still up," he said. "I guess I should take it into the shop to see what's wrong."

After a month had passed, I quizzed him about it again. He mentioned he doesn't have a tire gauge, but he once more put a little air in it and it still doesn't make the light turn off. He was sure it was something with the dashboard computer, not the actual tire.

Last week, the topic came up a third time. He told me he was going to borrow my tire gauge and get to the bottom of this. Later that week when I jumped into his car, I noticed the light was finally off and the dashboard was back to normal. "What happened? Was the electronic dashboard broken?"

He looked a little sheepish then revealed that he had been routinely putting the air spigot up to the tire nozzle and giving it a squirt of air... or so he thought. On his last attempt, when he took my tire gauge, he decided to get a psi reading to see what the heck was happening. He noticed he was actually deflating the pressure.

"Then I looked at the air compressor stand and saw that white button and thought, 'Hmm, what happens if I push this?'" he said. He pushed the button. The air compressor turned on. He filled up the tire with air. Finally.

I laughed at him. "So the light never went off because you never pushed the button!" I said, meaning the dashboard light.

He pointed to his head. "Yes, the light never went off so I didn't push the button!"


There came a point in my life when I decided it would be interesting to learn more about the construction trade, like shadowing a carpenter or something. I would like to be more handy about my own home repairs.

My cousin, Chris, is a finish carpenter, so when he remodeled extensive portions of my house, I tried to help. I haven't lost this desire, but it's been dimmed by the reality that I probably don't have enough time to understudy someone like that. That's OK. I try to remember little things he teaches me here and there.

The other day, I was describing something that is supposed to be smooth to Claus, and grabbed on a sandpaper simile. " was like 220 grit sandpaper!" I recalled, and waited for the appropriate response, which should be shock.

He stared at me then asked, "Do you know what 220 grit sandpaper is?"

I furrowed my brow back. "Yes. Do you know what it is?"

He chuckled. "No."


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14 Responses to “Tire gauge”

  1. jaydee:

    Poor Claus.. no can win! Hah!

  2. Glenn:

    My wife of 32 years made sure I could fix a car before we got married, since she had four brothers...

  3. M:

    Hello Diane,

    hahahaha, you guys are so funny!

  4. galekaminari:

    Diane, it might be fun to find one of those brain tests to take. It may be that your brain likes concrete AND abstract creativity. That could be why you like to decorate cakes, learn carpentry, etc., in addition to writing. Your stories are funny. Claus seems very secure in his masculinity.

  5. Ynaku:

    This is too funny. I wonder who will be the one to change a flat. Claus, Diane or AAA? My bet is on Diane

  6. kanakakuuna:

    at least the next time the dashboard panel is lit, Claus will know what 2 do.

  7. Rodney Lee:

    What white button? LOL

  8. Rosette:

    if my husband can't figure something out..he ask me..or if I cannot figure things out I ask him...

    well my son he read his car book..... if one of us can't figure out the three of us put our head together.

    I usually watch my father in law when he fix things....sometimes I am faster at figuring things out..the look on my father in law ..he get mad at me...kind of funny..!

  9. Rosette:

    will my husband is suppose to be smart but sometimes I can figure things on my own....

  10. Rosette:

    did you know if you burn your pot..I use sand paper to get the black out!

  11. Rosette:

    oh I use washable sponge sand paper..thingy..I have common sense smarts.

  12. Rosette:

    oh I never have to do any tire guage thingy or wash a car or even gas it up!....but that is why I train my oldest to be handy so if my husband cannot do things for me I have back up husband maintain everything for me....

  13. Popoman:

    Clause sounds like me. Growing up, I never took an interest in anything manual. No knowledge on tools, machinery or building anything! My wife even accused me of lacking common sense when it came to the simplest forms of repairs around the house and my cars.

    So over the years, it cost a lot of money - since it was necessary to hire experts to do the jobs. However, since retiring - I had the time and newly found interest to learn the "basics."
    Its' hard when your starting from the beginning. Hopefully, Diane, your patient with Claus knowing he has so many other qualities and strengths!

  14. Titus:

    Also, please keep in mind that some newer cars monitor the pressure of the spare tire. So if your spare is low and you keep putting air in the other four tires, the warning light will stay on. (I learned this because I take my car to the dealer whenever any warning light comes on.)

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