You all know the feeling. The feeling when you're just trying to get something done, and it's just not working. It's not necessarily some climactic cotastrophe, just something that annoys you enough to piss you off...
So I'll start from the beginning.
I bought my truck five years ago. I'm its second owner. The spare tire was laying in the bed of the truck when I bought it because the hoist underneath the rear of the bed that holds the spare tire had broken at the end of the cable. All that was needed to repair it was a U-bolt and something to trim the frayed ends of the cable. No big deal, I thought. I never really needed to repair it because I've always been able to haul things with the spare tire in the bed as well.
About a year ago, I had to have the rear half of my exhaust system replaced because the muffler and tailpipe were giving up. The muffler had loose baffles and the tailpipe was starting to rust through, so I took it to the muffler shop and let them get at it. Now, keep in mind, the spare tire was in the bed the whole time. Originally, my truck had a single tailpipe coming out of the right rear, but when they got done, it had dual exhaust pipes coming out the back on either side of the license plate.
So this brings me to this afternoon... For reasons that will be disclosed at the proper time, I've decided that I need to finally repair the spare tire hoist and put the spare tire back where it's supposed to go. So I get some tools out and start working on it. I get the hoist cable repaired and start to raise the spare tire up underneath the bed... but it won't fit any more. Argh! The guy that replaced my exhaust ran the left tailpipe too far away from the differential, and now the spare tire won't fit in between the pipe and the rear splash panel (where the bumper would normally be, but my truck doesn't have a rear bumper).
So needless to say, I'm just a bit irritated. I just have to figure out how to get that damn tire to fit in there now. I'm going to need all the room I can get, and I can't leave my spare tire behind... especially considering where I'll be going.