A Flat Tire Saves the Day!
RAY: Here's the answer. Tony's boss saw a little chalk mark on the sidewall of the tire. It was put there by the tire shop so they could put the tire back on with the same orientation it came off. The chalk mark was opposite the tire valve so they could save Tony time and money and wouldn't have to rebalance the tire.
RAY: So they took it off and put it on the same way it went on, and he got back to work, and for that day at least Tony kept his job!
RAY: Yeah, he subsequently lost the job by the way. The next week he said that the dog ate his car. That's why he was late to work, but that's another story. Do we have a winner?
TOM: We do have a winner. The winner this week is Holly Schmidt from Lexington, Massachusetts. And for having her answer selected at random from among all the correct answers that we got, Holly gets a $26 gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division at cartalk.com with which she can get a copy of Ask Click and Clack, which is a collection of our favorite newspaper columns from the last two decades.
RAY: Congratulations, Holly! That's some prize.
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