I could hear the traffic noise in our previous apartment. I'd do what I could to close windows or hide in my bedroom. A busy road is a nightmare, worse than having a neighbor's radio stuck on the all polka station — at full volume.
So, what happens when you have a flat tire on a city highway? You're stuck doing your best to change tires feet from traffic.
The noise is louder, the smells worse, and the vibrations dig deeper into your core. Ribs, teeth, and even fingernails seem to shake.
At least the tire was changed quickly enough. But it definitely ruined my ability to think or work for a few hours.