For four hours I listened to the audiobook version of “The Last Lecture” as read by its author, and now-deceased, Randy Pausch. By book’s end I was finally at peace with myself and all that has transpired. How could I not be after listening to the voice of wisdom of a man who had it all and was robbed of Life by pancreatic cancer? The rock to the windshield (which is still completely unresolved but addressed further below) didn’t seem to matter. My inability to change the past didn’t seem to matter. I was feeling okay. And then I returned home….
When I finally got back to my house at 10:30pm I noticed a note taped to my kitchen door. It was a note from one of my neighbors alerting me that a large limb had come down and fallen into my yard and asking permission to enter my yard for cleanup. The note was dated 8/20, the same day that I left for Colorado. Upon brief inspection I saw that the limb also struck my gutters and disfigured them to some degree. Today I’ll have to head home, inspect the damage, and speak with my neighbors and in the process explain to them why I’ve “ignored” their request.
I cannot understand why these hurdles are continually thrown in front of me, causing even more stress into my life.
A Short Primer On Insurance As Related To Renting A Car
Returning a car at the Denver International Airport is a process in efficiency, unless perhaps if something’s gone wrong. I was given a receipt for my rental without any questions so I hopped on the bus and headed for the airport. If my parking ticket fiasco from last year is any indication then I fully expect to receive a supplemental charge to my bill to cover the cost of a new windshield.
Prior to returning the car I did my homework to learn all of my options.
- AAA: Membership provided no help at all. For some reason I didn’t think I needed to purchase insurance in addition to my membership in order to receive rental car insurance benefits.
- State Farm: Since I have rental car insurance as part of my policy I can file a claim with them and pay only my deductible (which is $200)
- American Express: American Express is supplemental auto insurance for car rentals. American Express will cover up to the full amount of my deductible (ie $200) and no more. They will not contact State Farm and instead leave that up to me if I decide to file a claim.
So it all boils down to this: Depending on how much Alamo charges me, I should choose one of two options.
- If the charge is $200 or less then, only file with American Express.
- If the charge is more than $200, file with American Express and determine if it beneficial for me to file an auto insurance claim with State Farm.
If nothing else, I’ve learned how insurance works when renting a car — something I’ve wondered about for a long time.
No Moo For Me? Boo. Hoo.
When I left for Colorado I was looking forward to returning to the office and picking up the Moo business cards that I was hoping would be delivered prior to my departure. I had received an email from Moo on August 12th alerting me that they had been dispatched and I should expect to receive them in 5-7 business days. Therefore, I expected to find the small box of fifty cards sitting on my desk. Imagine my disappointment when I discovered that they were not delivered.
Dammit! I just looked at the email again and noticed that the shipping address had the wrong ZIP code. Since they were shipped USPS it means that I will probably never see them. I give up.
George’s Was In The Plans, But No More
The plan was to make a triumphant return to George’s tonight. I certainly could use the exercise and the thought of running in sub-8000 feet of altitude seemed exciting.
For at least one obvious reason (read “tree limb”) and some not-so-obvious reasons (read “need to do laundry,” “have two weeks of mail to process”) I will have to put that plan off for a week.
Okay, I Am Worn Out
My body is still on Mountain Time. I am still very tired and emotionally drained. Tomorrow. Tomorrow. The sun will come out tomorrow…
And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – tired, frustrated, questioning Life
Current Music – listening to the “Daily Source Code” podcast from 9/1
Website Of The Day – I still need a break from reality so today I’ll surf around Uncyclopedia: The Content-Free Encyclopedia
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Monthly Foot Mileage – 0 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Monthly Marta Rides – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (110)
Books To Read To Earn Kindle – 4
Don’t know yet