10.11.2011., četvrtak



Nail In Car Tire

nail in car tire

    car tire
  • a tire consisting of a rubber ring around the rim of an automobile wheel

  • An automotive tire which is used exclusively on a passenger car, not a light truck, etc.

  • Expose (someone) as deceitful or criminal; catch or arrest

  • attach something somewhere by means of nails; "nail the board onto the wall"

  • a thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener

  • Expose (a lie or other instance of deception)

  • Fasten to a surface or to something else with a nail or nails

  • horny plate covering and protecting part of the dorsal surface of the digits

"The Chinese Nail Salons Are Open..."

... as brankingston12 reminded me about two months ago.

This is a framegrab from the same Sony DCR-TRV130, captured at proper widescreen aspect ratio, just downsized a bit. (Captured it in Pinnacle Studio 12, because it doesn't squeeze the image like XP's video capture does.)

Anyway... Why my sudden obsession with my nails the last few months?

Call it jealousy... call it an experiment of sorts (since the last photo was labeled such)... call it just seeing if I could do it, and how long I can get away with it before I'm forced to trim them.

Actually, I think they're a good length as they are now. I can still type fairly decent, and fast, with them at this length. (A slight impact on speed and accuracy, but nothing I can't manage.)

How did I achieve this? Perserverance.
Up until about September 2009, I had been an avid nail-biter for most of my life. It was so bad that my cuticles were a wreck, with rampant hangnails and such. Somehow, I managed to discipline myself enough to stop biting them. (Hopefully for good!)

The other secret? Care for them. I'm a self-taught "Black Jack-of-all-trades", so I stocked up on the basics - Emery boards, salon boards, clippers, 6-way buffers, orange sticks, etc.

Here's a true story from about two hours ago (About 1800 PDT when it happened, posted this at 2011 PDT) when I picked up my car from one of the local tire and brake shops. One of the guys at the sales counter noticed, and remarked "Those are some shiny nails." - I simply acknowledged it, but didn't comment further. ^_^;

(And for the curious - Yes, I used clear nail polish. Sally Hansen Maximum Growth Plus "02 Base + Top Coat" - Laugh if you must, but it does work for adding strength and a bit of shine. I can put up with the "plastic coating" feeling, but at least they're not as brittle as they would be usually.) - Clear coat only - no colors were added.

Other than that, I just file them and shape them every week or so. I'll probably take them down about 2-3 mm and semi-square the edges a bit.

"And now you know.... The REST of the story!"

Flat tire #1

Flat tire #1

So this was fun. After 347 came through Nick and Larry went to the Naperville train station. I wanted to go down Diehl to check out of the BNSF had taken the cars off the siding, and sure enough they did. I slowed down for the crossing, and went over it at 15 MPH, right after I cross, I heard a hiss. I pull over into an industry parking lot, and my back left tire has a nail in it. I started to change the tire and put the spare on, but the wheel wouldn't come out. When my dad taught me how to change the tire, he told me if it were to get stuck, just bang it around. I didn't want to break anything, so I tried harder and harder not to kick it, but finally I gave up and did. After kicking it, it still wouldn't budge. I had to call my dad and step mom and tell them what had happened, so they came down to Diehl and a new problem has some how occurred. The jack has wedged itself in the jack arm of the car. We tried our hardest to pull it off but we couldn't. An hour or so later a tow truck came. Two trains passed on The J in my hour and a half of being stuck at the Diehl road crossing. This BNSF coal, and CN M390.
~Warrenville, IL

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