Walking around the car, I didn't initially notice any problems. I took a few deep breaths and decided to get back on the road. Only then did I notice that I had to keep the steering wheel pulled quite far to the right to get my car to go straight. Back in the parking lot, I carefully positioned the steering wheel to situate the front tires facing straight ahead. This time when I got out of my car, I saw that the left rear tire was at an odd angle to the rest of the tires - no wonder the car slowed down. Getting back in the car I had a moment of self-pity... who could I call, who could help me, I'm all alone in the world, poor me. I have very good natured neighbors who come to my rescue so frequently I am a little concerned they will move out of the area under cover of darkness some time soon. They quickly showed up in the parking lot and looked reassuringly relieved that I was not injured. Mr. Neighbor gave the car a quick looking over and proclaimed that the damage was likely not as bad as it looked. Mrs. Neighbor offered all kinds of help and moral support. When it became clear that I would have to have to car towed I sent them on their way with Mrs. Neighbor's offer to pick me up at the service station when the tow truck dropped me off. Thank goodness for good neighbors who are also friends.
Now it's Wednesday. I've turned the rental car back in and am anticipating having my little car back from the repair shop sometime tomorrow. The repairs cost just under my insurance deductible.The week is looking a little better than it did at it's start.