Well, that started me on my quest. Keep in mind that there's no imminent danger of the car falling off the road, or of the tires suddenly exploding in a parking lot. I've probably got about 3 or 4 months before things start getting really ugly, treadwise.
So I decided to start looking for a place to buy the recommended Michelin's, over the weekend.
I dropped by the local STS store on Saturday morning. The particular model of tire I need, LTS M/S, P215/70R16 99S, is on something called "national backorder" which means nobody can get 'em, and nobody can order 'em.
A simple little exploratory outing had suddenly turned into a matter of life or death.
I detoured down Route 130 towards Bordentown, to the nearest BJ's. They didn't have it in stock, either. Same story.
Now, of course, I'm terrified to drive.
By yesterday afternoon I wanted to know, personally, from Michelin headquarters in France, WHY these tires are on national backorder and WHEN, precisely, I might expect to see them being delivered for installation on my car.
As if they'll tell me. But really...
don't these people know who I think I am??
If they know what's good for them, they'll start pooing tires later on today.
Am I crazy?