Friday, June 5, 2009

Lug-nuts Are Very Important

Monday night I went to dinner with some friends.  As we left the restaurant, one of my friends, Dominique, commented on some strange noise my car was making.  My car is always making some new strange noise so I didn't think to much about it.  Tuesday night, I was driving home with Dominique after our children's day celebration in Matola and the car was doing really strange things.  A chapa (minibus) behind me started flashing his lights at me.  About that time I felt what I thought was a tire blow.  I pulled off the road and as I did, Dominique looked out her window and said "the tire fell off." All of the lug-nuts were gone and the tire had fallen off!  

As we got out of the car, the chapa driver pulled up behind me and told me he was trying to tell me i was fishtailing.  Thankfully there were a couple of guys standing right beside where the tire fell off. They very graciously volunteered to put the tire back on. We removed the lug-nuts from the spare tire and the guys got to work. It took quite a while because when I pulled off the road, only the front tires made it over the curb before the tire fell off. I do like to provide a challenge for the guys coming to my rescue! They were very kind though and even went and got chairs for Dominique and I to sit in while we waited.

Still have no idea what happened to my lug-nuts. Stolen? Fell off? A combination of both? T.I.M. (This Is Mozambique)!! 


skoots1mom said...

so glad you're ok and very grateful you weren't alone :)

Mbini said...

Hi there

I am new in Moz, 3 weeks. I go to Matola sometimes as I'm really trying to find my way around. I also owe a few charity organisations some time.

This happened to hubby's car. The spare wheel at the back of the car was loosened when we found the car. Just about to fall off and I think someone was about to steal it. We drove with it until someone pointed out.

Glad you are ok,

Holly said...

never a dull moment friend :)