The Diary of the Phantom Tire Buyer #35:

A Web Log about treadwear from A Phantom Tire Buyer with a Secret Identity

Dear Diary,

I was having a spot of trouble with my computer the other day, and a nice young man (certainly not a “Geek”, so the company name remains confusing to me) was dispatched to the lair.  He pulled up in a newer model Volkswagen.  After a brief visual inspection of his treadwear, I introduced myself.

Hello, I’m a Phantom Tire Buyer with a secret identity!

“Really?  I’ve heard you on the radio, but I thought it was a put on.  You know, for the commercial.”

“Yes, I get that reaction a lot.  I’ve taken to avoiding social occasions.”

“So, let’s take a look.”

Once situated at my home computer, he exclaimed…

“Man, I’ve seen some weird stuff but look at your bookmarks!”


“There’s like 15 tire makers.  And a bunch of Tire Discounters locations.  It’s like your obsessed or something.”

“Well, here’s Hunter Engineering.  They aren’t a tire manufacturer or retailer.  So, you see I have a diverse set of interests.”

“What does Hunter do?”

“They make alignment racks.”


“INDEED!  I’m glad you think so!   Here, take a look at this!  It goes into detail about the efficacy of Hunter’s Quick Check system!  Go ahead, I’ll let you read and absorb the wonderful information.”

“Boy, I’d love to, but I’m billing you by the hour.  And you’re all fixed up.  Just a loose cord.”

I wasn’t completely aware of the young man’s departure.  Once again, I had become transfixed by the almost magical capabilities of Hunter’s latest innovation!