And I Hate Potholes!

       I’ve never really liked them, but now they’re my confirmed enemies.  Driving home from work the other night on the Palisades Parkway, both lanes were peppered with the imperfections.  It’s been like that for several weeks, but there seemed to be more and they seemed to be deeper on this trip.  And when you hit one at high speed, it feels and sounds like a thunderstorm. 

       And that’s what happened to me the other night.  I couldn’t avoid a big pothole in the left lane; it was as if someone had placed it precisely where my left wheels were touching the road.  And so it happened.  But it gets even better… 

       When I pulled out of our driveway the next morning, I immediately felt the symptoms of a flat tire.  Sure enough, the left front tire of my car was completely flat!  No problem, I thought, as I was going to take my car in for service anyway.  After putting the spare on, I took it for service.  At the end of the day, they called me and said the tire was fine.  Hmmm.  But the rim was dented (guess what did that?), and a new rim will set me back more than $400!  So what do you think?  Should I sue the New Jersey Department of Transportation for my costs and mental anguish?  Yeah, good luck with that, right?…

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post every day!  And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well.  They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don,  On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out! 

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Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer 

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Nathan Hale


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