by liberal japonicus
It has been tire week (or tyre week if you are so inclined) here at the lj household. Last Saturday, I had a presentation in Fukuoka with a colleague and another teacher came along, so I decided to drive. The night before, I went to our full service gas station (one of the joys of being here is full service gas stations. The additional cost isn't too bad, and it is so nice to pull in and not have to worry about doing anything. A brief moment of Zen) and I asked the attendant to make sure the tire pressure was fine for expressway driving. She said that the right front was low and I could have the garage check it if I had 20 minutes. Sure, and I went into the waiting room, helped myself to the free coffee and read my book. The guy said that the valve on the tire was leaking, but my tires were old, so I should think about getting them replaced. Well, I was going to Costco, so I figured I'd get them replaced there. There was a 2,000 yen off per tire coupon, and they fill the tires/tyres with nitrogen. Also, the next time I go in, they top off the nitrogen and rotate the tires for free. Bargain.
As is usual for me, I asked about putting nitrogen in tires, got an explanation that I sort of understood and when I got home, googled to fill in the gaps. Not any kind of amazing technology, but interesting enough.
So, talk about your car, or talk about something else.