|Pat at Midway Car Rental in Los Angeles, first step of our annual California adventure|
While I await the Michael Cohen public testimony to begin today, I will attempt to begin the first report of our annual trip to sunny California.
Well folks, California wasn't so sunny this year. In fact, California wasn't even that warm this year.
I arrived at LAX Sunday, February 10th. This year Pat took a different plane and met me in California. In years past he flew to Philadelphia and we flew into California together but he got a better rate by taking another flight. It all worked out in the end because he arrived within the hour that I arrived at LAX.
After exchanging hugs we caught an airport rental bus shuttle to the car rental place. This year, we were greeted by swaying palm trees but, unfortunately, not warm temperatures and rain. I did remember to bring light rain jackets, thank goodness. The temperature wasn't that much different that what I left in Delaware either. Oh well, we were in California and we would still have a great time as we always do when we have our quarterly get togethers.
First problem we encountered at the cheapo car rental place (whose name I've forgotten now) is that they couldn't take Pat's Canadian debit/credit card for rental. We ditched that place and called for an Uber car to take us to the place where we rented a car last year, Midway Car Rental. We had a good experience with them last year.
Then we we encountered at Midway Car rental. The car pat rented, a Hyundai Elantra couldn't get out of second gear. There we were, shortly out of the car rental place, on the busy Los Angeles highway, and our car couldn't get out of second gear! Oh no, take that car back. I can just imagine us on the Freeway and our rental car's engine racing in second gear.
Pat put his flasher lights on and drove back to Midway at about fifteen miles an hour on THAT busy LA highway. I didn't like the car anyway, smelled like smoke and was too low to the ground which is murder for me getting out of the car with my arthritis.
When we got back to Midway and explained our problem, the rental guy got behind the wheel and took our rental car for a spin around the lot. Of course then it shifted gears. Of course. We get in again, and I'm still not happy with this stinky car, and get head out on the congested rush hour highway. Again, our car couldn't get out of second gear! I told Pat "Take this car back. We can't take a chance on using this car for the next two weeks. Can you imagine us halfway to Palm Springs and this car couldn't get out of second gear?" Pat agreed. We went back to Midway and asked for another car. The car rental agent gave us an upgrade, a Hyundai Sonata. A nice car that had that even had that much loved new car smell. No extra charge.
Car was still low to the ground but at least we could get out of second gear.
We left Midway and entered the crowded highway to our destination our Airbnb destination in West Hollywood. Our annual California adventure was about to begin after this "bump".
We were on our way!