I’ve decided that the car’s tyre is number three in the trio of bad luck that have apparently invaded my life.
Friday morning I went to a fitment centre and they advised me to rather replace the damaged tyre. You can’t fit a new tyre on only one side of the car, so I asked them to place the tyre from the spare wheel on the other side, but it turned out to be a different size from the tyres on the mag wheels, so I had to fit new tyres both sides. Price: R1700 ($170 at the current exchange rate, but if that doesn’t seem like a lot, it’s about 15% of my salary I earned as a teacher).
I sighed in resignation and told them to go ahead – tyres and suspension are two areas of a car where you never skimp on maintenance. If you value your life and those of your passengers, that is.
But then my luck changed. I’m not going to bore you with all the details, but it turns out the tyres were much more degraded than they seemed from casual inspection so it potentially saved my and the wife’s lives that she spotted that little cut when she did. By another happy accident I also ended up only paying R1000 for the two tyres which, while still a tidy sum, is quite a bit less than I would originally have had to fork out.
So, bad luck changed into good, and while I’m not superstitious, I’ll take it. Now I only hope I’ll experience similar turnarounds with my piano and on the job front.
In other news, I had a fun weekend. The wife and I visited a friend in Johannesburg. We started out with delicious sushi for dinner on Friday. Saturday we went to Gold Reef City in Johannesburg. In case you don’t know, Johannesburg grew up around the gold-mining industry and to this day is one of the highest gold-producing regions in the world.
When one of the mines became exhausted someone thought it would be a good idea to turn it into a theme park and Gold Reef City was born. The park boasts a variety of rides for young and old, several museums, and the option to go on an underground tour in a real disused gold mine.
Naturally, most of our day was spent standing in queues in the blazing sun so we can spend an average of thirty seconds at a time screaming our lungs out while at the same time trying to keep our breakfasts down as the g-forces tear at us. The wife went on all the rollercoasters but one with us, in spite of her extreme acrophobia. Lucky for her the big wheel wasn’t running…
After a day of sun and sore throats we headed home for a quick shower and a change before the main event of the weekend: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard. I’m a big fan of the theatre and musicals in particular. I’ve never seen Sunset Boulevard before but I loved the performance by the very talented cast of South African actors. My only regret is that I can’t go see it a second time. Guess I’ll have to invest in the soundtrack, though I just know it won’t sound as good as the superb group of actors who performed it last night.
It was a great weekend, filled with friends, fun, food and music. What more can one want?