It's been a while that I have posted anything about my travels! I've been requested by someone to post about this and they sent some photos as well! :)
Last week (13th Oct) at the Monday Leamington Gurdwara Simran programme the Sangat celebrated Bhenji Sonia Kaur's birthday. Sangat came from Coventry and Birmingham and it was chardikala programme.
I had parked my car outside the Gurdwara entrance. After the programme had finished I went to get in my car and someone said, "Bhaji you have a flat tyre." In the dark I couldn't really see much from the distance but looking closer you could see that the rear driver side tyre was totally flat. The whole thing was crazy! Someone was saying something, someone else saying something else and a lot of people including myself were clueless what to do! Waheguru.
One person suggested, "Bhaji drive to the nearest petrol station and fill up they tyre with air." Another person said, "Your tyre is so flat that even if you fill it up it with air, it will most likely deflate again on the way home." Someone else said, "Even if you drive a small distance it will ruin the tyre." I was so confused! Waheguru. Imagine - late, dark, cold and you want to go home!
I must say the most clued up person there was Bhaji Preetam Singh (Coventry)! Waheguru. Bhaji got out the spare tyre from the boot and said he will change it. Daas and a few other Singhs (I won't mention any names to save embarrassment) admitted that we didn't know how to change a tyre! I went to look for the spanner in the boot so that the tyre could be changed but I couldn't find it. Then Preetam Singh Bhaji checked and he couldn't find it. Then someone else checked and they couldn't see it either. So we had a spare tyre but no spanner! Waheguru.
Then one Bhenji (won't name any names to save embarrassment. lol) said, "Bhaji I have a spanner you can use." Bhenji opened her boot and said, "Here, you can use my car spanner." I looked at what Bhenji was pointing to and it wasn't a spanner, it was the car jack! Waheguru! lol. I thought I was clueless about cars! Sat Naam, Waheguru.
Eventually someone said, "Ring the car recovery people." So I rang them. What a nightmare! I was on the phone to the Direct Line Recovery people and because there was so much noise being made by everyone around me I couldn't hear a thing the lady was saying! She said something and I said, "Sorry, can you repeat that." The lady got so frustrated that she said with annoyed voice, "Sir you can please stand somewhere quiet so at least you can hear what I am saying!." Waheguru. Eventually the lady called for a recovery person to come down and change the tyre.
Surprisingly the recovery man turned up very quickly (about 20 minutes). He changed the tyre and put the temporary tyre in. The tyre had become flat because a nail had got stuck in. We had to drive home at 50mph. Eventually got home!
Recovery man checking the tyre.
Recovery man changing tyre - Daas, Preetam Singh Bhaji and Pardip Singh watching.
Signing the form (in the dark!). I could barely see!
The next day I took the car to the garage and got the tyre replaced. I asked the garage worker to double-check if I had a spanner in the boot to change the tyre (because there was supposed to be on in there). The man found the spanner in 1 minute or less! I was so shocked! I suppose it was so dark when everyone checked before that no one could see the black spanner in the car! Waheguru.