Okay, just a short update. I looked at the new inner tube they sold me before I made the long journey to Bellevue. When deflated, it was the right size, so it was my mistake all along. I put the inner tube in the tire and inflated it a little to hold it in place. I then tried putting the tire onto the rim, but I popped the inner tube. Damn. Okay, I'll try this one more time before giving up. I left the tire and most of the inner tube in place, pulling out just a small area near the hole. I applied the patch and let it sit while I went to Georgio's again. I couldn't resist, I had to try this new "One Heck of a Pizza Sub" (that is the correct name of it). Here is how it is made. You take a 15.25 cm piece of bread and cut it in half to make two open face pieces. Then, you squish them down real flat (to make a crispy crust when cooked). The ingredients are pepperonis, another type of meat (the kind that goes on the normal pizza sub, maybe salami), the chicken fajita chicken, olives, jalapeņos, pepperoncinis, onions, green peppers, pizza sauce, provolone cheese, parmesan cheese, and oregano. This is all sent through the oven and makes a delicious sandwich. Mmm. I wasn't the only one that tried it; the two people behind me in line got the same thing. I think Jeff has a hit on his hands with that thing. Anyway, while the sandwich was being prepared I talked to Jeff about the unfolding drama at the middle school (since he interacts with lots of middle schoolers throughout the day). I came home to check my tire and was happy to find that the patch was holding. I slipped the inner tube in between the tire and the rim and carefully put the tube on. It appears to be working now.