Another brief iPad post today because the hotel’s wifi is slow and I still have a long drive ahead of me.
Well, so much for getting good gas mileage. When I arrived at Hertz yesterday at my appointed pick-up time to get the gas-sipping compact car I reserved twelve days ago the only vehicle available was a big, boxy Jeep Liberty. Fuck. I was told that they were out of cars because it was Spring Break. Really? It’s just like the old Seinfeld routine:
Jerry: I don’t understand. Do you have my reservation?
Rental Car Agent: We have your reservation, we just ran out of cars.
Jerry: But the reservation keeps the car here. That’s why you have the reservation.
Rental Car Agent: I think I know why we have reservations.
Jerry: I don’t think you do. You see, you know how to *take* the reservation, you just don’t know how to *hold* the reservation. And that’s really the most important part of the reservation: the holding. Anybody can just take them.
If it had not been thirty minutes before their office’s closing time on the night that I was looking to leave town I would have told them to stuff it and either forced them to bring me a different car or tried to arrange a rental from another company.
The Liberty has already consumed more that half of its gas tank on the 196-mile, all-highway drive from Atlanta to Tuscaloosa. In comparison the Chevy I rented/received for my 486-mile, all-highway drive from Atlanta to Clearwater in February just about made the entire trip on one tank of gas.
I groused about this turn of events on Twitter and hear from Hertz. Today I will be contacting Hertz seeking some sort of compensation.
And on top of it all, the Liberty doesn’t have Bluetooth (so I am using a audio input jack), a thermostat you can set to a specific temperature, or a trunk (so I have to remove all of the stuff I brought on the trip at each hotel stop). These are all First World problems, I know.
It might not sound like it, but I am trying not let this ruin my trip; I’ll let the fact that, due to an imposed demo that I have to give next week, I will be working each day that I am “on vacation” take care of that.
I was beat by the time I got to the hotel, and even with a decent night’s sleep am not feeling all that sprite this morning. I need coffee and/or adrenaline.
It’s already 5:25am Central and I need to start moving. See you tomorrow when I’ll be blogging from Austin.