BMW for sale; E36 wanted

For the non-BMW cognoscenti, yes, that means I’m selling my beloved BMW, and I want to buy a new (used) BMW of the same model. While it may seem silly to buy the same kind of car that you already have – presuming yours is in good shape, which it is – I really want to get an E36 in really good shape before they all start rusting or get too beat up on the track.

(Waves at all my new Universal Hub readers!)

I will not run alloy wheels in winter. I will not ..

.. run alloy wheels when it’s snowing. I will not run alloy wheels during pothole season, especially in New England. I will not ignore the advice of my mechanic, my body shop, my car friend: to never run alloy wheels in the winter. I will not let vanity get the best of me; I will be content with plain black fixable steel rims in the winter.

Oh great gods of winter; of snow; of New England; of potholes; of wheels and tires and cars; I beg you to forgive me my vanity; nay, my hubris, of running my (previously four in number), very pretty and light 5 open spoke O.Z. Racing alloy 15in wheels for the past two winters.

I have heard your clarion call, er, thunk, as I pass over your signs: potholes, frost heaves, uneven pavement, gravel in the road. I have felt the soft squishy drive of a flat tire. I have suffered the shakes, shimmies, and shudders of wheels that are no longer round, nay, of wheels that are ovals. I have dreaded being late for everything as I see the bulge of a slowly leaking tire.

I hear and feel your call; now I understand. I am but human: vanity is in my nature; hubris is my kind’s unavoidable curse. I beg to be forgiven my past transgressions. I pray that my remaining three Blizzaks – wondrous tires of snow – shall be allowed to serve me again for the next winter. I acknowledge and pledge that I will install them onto wheels of steel in the future.

After I buy a new fourth tire, of course.


For Sale: one O.Z. Racing 15in rim, round. Open 5 spoke design; spokes have a smoothly rounded face and a slight taper. Silver paint finish (original). Slight curb gouge on edge.

For Sale: two O.Z. Racing 15in rims, oval. Open 5 spoke design; spokes have a smoothly rounded face and a slight taper. Silver paint finish (original). One good condition; one with slight curb rash. Not recommended for daily driver. Or any driving at all, actually.

Snow tires, meet snow

Living the irony; so to speak.  That’s not quite right, but it will do, lest I skip blogging at all.

Tried working at home, then drove down to the local tire shop to have the wunnerful (and cheap!) new tires put on Amy’s car.  The old ones had a few more weeks in them, but the new tires were already in the car just having picked them up from UPS, so why bother hauling them back and forth?  Even accounting for the local tire shop’s almost egregious pricing, I still came out ahead after getting an even bigger discount from tirerack.com.

But that’s not what the story’s about.

Waitin’ for it to come around on the guitar.  Oh, wait, wrong story.

It’s just barely started serious flurries as I drive down there.  They mention it’s a wait for tire mounting – people in line and all that – no problem,  I brought both a book and my computer.  A while later, and ta-da, new tires.  (Actually all-seasons, but that’d ruin the title.)  So I walk out to the car and: bam, it’s really snowing, and it’s all over the road!  Wheeeee!

I actually drove into work, although it was mostly to go swimming at the club that happens to be there.  By the time I’m done and driving home, it’s really snowing, and everyone is pretty slow on the roadways.  Amy’s coming home early from work, but traffic is bad, so I need to pick up Roxanne.  No problem, I have new tires and 4 wheel drive today!

By the time we both get home, there’s nearly 3 inches of snow in the driveway, and my poor BMW (with decidedly non-new tires) has a little trouble getting up the hill.  What a day!

To double the irony, the brand new actual snow tires that I ordered for my BMW are scheduled to be put on – next Tuesday.  Probably just in time to wonder if I should switch to summer wheels, eh?