Flat start for the new guy
IF YOU took “less than two weeks” in the “how long will it take the new guy to lose his masculinity” sweepstakes, congratulations, you’ve won!
Word crept out the day before I started at the Isis Town & Country about my preferred caffeine hit but I don’t think anyone saw this coming.
Late last Thursday afternoon, after I met some of the lads from Isis Cricket Club, I heard a noise I would rather not have heard at all. A freshly deflated tyre. I limped the NewsMail’s Mazda3 into the car park at Childers Woolworths and had no choice but to embarrass myself.
You see, I lack that vital skill every driver should have – I don’t know how to change a tyre.
I understand the theory and could probably do it if I tried but that’s what I had my RACQ membership for when I lived in Queensland before my two-year stint in Grafton.
A small five-minute walk down Churchill St helped me meet my saviours.
I opened the door to HD Mechanical Services with my tail wedged firmly between my legs and introduced myself to the lovely people behind the counter.
Being the first time I’d met the HD crew I started with my “I’m the new guy” spiel, then launched into the “please help” part.
I had to repeat my story to the mechanic onsite and, after a shake of the head, the legends agreed to give me a hand.
I can’t be more thankful to the guys at HD, who got the job done with very little hassle.
I can also confirm more than one person has requested I turn in my “man badge”.
TYRED: The NewsMail car gets a flat tyre under new recruit Matthew McInerney’s watch.