Neither Costco nor a nearby Les Schwab had the Michelin Pilot MXM4s in stock but Acura of Seattle (actually in Tukwila) had a dozen, and would align everything as well, so they got the privilege of working on my car yesterday. So now, my car has new tires, a new right front hub, and correctly-aligned wheels. Still had bad luck with payment -- credit card company was surprised that my credit card may have been used in Seattle rather than its home in Tukwila -- but a phone call cleared that up. (C'mon, Visa -- can't you imagine someone might be traveling during the holidays? Didn't you notice the string of gas station payments along I-5 the day before?)
So now it's Saturday, pre-Christmas for me and Melinda with my family this afternoon. And, with luck, no more thoughts about the car.