Little Petri Dishes

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
May 082015

Did anybody get the license number of the truck that hit me?

My friend Brenda Speidel, who was a grade school teacher and then a principal, always said that little kids were walking Petri dishes of germs, and I think she’s right. My daughter and granddaughters all had colds last week, and because they did not want to keep all the fun to themselves, they gave me one of my very own. This is the third nasty cold I’ve had since December and I’m really tired of sneezing, coughing, and aching.

Yesterday we got our new tires put on, a set of six Toyos, to replace our four year old Goodyears that were coming apart. After a couple of false starts in ordering, the folks at Robert’s Tires here in Show Low did a good job at a good price.

Tire shop small

Somebody asked why I wasn’t going to buy an American tire. Yeah, tried that with two sets of Goodyears, one on our bus and one on the Winnebago. Until you’ve had a front tire explode at 60 miles per hour, you have not lived. Besides, Goodyear has tire factories all over the world, so I have no idea where the tires we had came from.

Bus tire blowout 2

I know a lot of people running Toyos on RVs and bus conversions, and they all seem to be happy with them. Before I settled on the tires I discussed it with my friend Roger Marble from the RV Tire Safety blog and he thought they were a good choice for our needs.

I was disappointed to discover that somewhere between Apache Junction and here we lost the round hubcap on our right rear dual wheel again. We lost the original hubcap from that wheel in July, 2012 on a trip to New England and ordered a replacement, which we then lost last year going over a rough set of railroad tracks in Indiana. Fortunately, that time Terry saw it go sailing off into a farmer’s field and was able to retrieve it. So I guess I’ll call the nice folks at Spartan and order another one. Have any of you ever lost one of these hubcaps? Or more than one? I wonder if Super Glue would hold it on?


Yesterday I made the final changes to my newest book, Big Lake Honeymoon, and uploaded it to Amazon, Nook, iTunes, and all of the other e-book platforms. It should be available to purchase sometime today.

alone cabin in the woods

Have you entered our latest Free Drawing yet? This week’s prize is an audiobook of Crazy Days in Big Lake, the third book in my Big Lake mystery series. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.

Crazy Days test final

If you like short stories, here’s something I hope a lot of you will be interested in. My friend author Ben Cassidy is fighting cancer, and a group of authors got together to contribute stories to an anthology called Flights of Fantasy: Tales of Whimsy and Wonder for a Cold Winter’s Night to help offset some of Ben’s medical bills. It’s only 99¢, a small price for a lot of good reading, and it’s for a good cause.

Thought For The Day – There are only seven days in a week, and someday isn’t one of them.

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  12 Responses to “Little Petri Dishes”

  1. Toyo tires does manufacture some tires in the US at a factory in White, Georgia so you now have plausible deniability! 😉

  2. Nick,

    Super Glue won’t do much good, but you could try some silicone, liquid nails construction adhesive or “the handy man’s secret weapon, DUCT TAPE” (from the (in) famous, Red Green!


  3. I’d go with Duck Tape … a nice patterned one, maybe camouflage … that way no one would see it!!!

  4. We also experienced a front tire blowout and it was a most scary experience. We were on I 80 heading to Reno when our truck tire blew while pulling our 19k 5th wheel. Hubby did a great job getting us to the side of the road without incident but it was dicey for a few seconds. I was certain we were going in the ditch. The truck tires had 47k miles on them, we had planned to replace them in a month or two while stationary in Reno. We shopped for tires the next day. The wheel also had to be replaced.

  5. You just lost me as a reader. Anyone who does not buy American is not my friend. Traitor!

  6. Count us among those who had problems with Good Year tires Nick. 1 blowout and 2 that would not hold air no matter what I did and I was done. I am now running Toyo’s and 37K miles later no problems with them.

  7. You will not be disappointed in the Toyos. We replace the original Michelins with the Toyo M154. Smoother ride and less road noise. Both pluses for us, plus about 2K cheaper.

  8. Just downloaded Big Lake Honeymoon. The first page lists it as Big Lake Burning The rest of it is the correct book just the cover page is wrong.

  9. Hey Mark get a life. Not much IS made in America these days unfortunately. Goodyears are made in Mexico and a dozen other countries besides the US

  10. I’ve had Toyo M154 tires on two motorhomes. You won’t be disappointed.

  11. Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing Inc. continued to expand its tire production site in White, Ga……………………. See Toyo is made in America….. At least some of them…………… I have Toyo’s on the steer tires on my Motorhome… They are way smoother than the Goodyears they replaced….

  12. Hi Nick,
    You may already know this but the website has wheel covers for almost any size large RV wheel, some of them bolt on and stay put, I bought a set after losing my rear covers 3 times, they are a bit pricey but they stay put…

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