Flat start for the new guy

Isis Town and Country - - Life - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

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.

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