And Ground Hogs Day always get me down.
Greetings from a wet Raleigh, NC. Fortunately the weekend here was wonderful, but rather chilly. My arrival was not without hitch however.
ITP-Reader Bob, perhaps you can help me out here. On my dilapidated suitcase (from years of getting mangled by airline employees) I attached a new name tag. The tag had a slide-out tongue on which I wrote my name and phone number, you know in case my luggage boarded a different flight that I did; upon arrival at RDU said tongue was no longer attached. Do bag handlers take courses in how they can effectively ruin people’s luggage?
Dear Hertz, Do Try To Pull A Fast One On Me
When I arrived at RDU I took the shuttle bus to Hertz where, to my dismay they asked my to try their new technology, the HertzExpress Personal Kiosk. What a nightmare (for me). It was like talking to someone in prison as I tried to communicate with the person on the other side of the video chat using an ancient-style telephone handset. To make matters worse my driver’s license wouldn’t scan so I had to call over the Hertz employee on site for help. Then, after smiling and alerting me that she’d upgraded me to a Toyota Camry with a GPS, both of which I thought were complementary since she’d made no reference to a price increase and I was previously told that my company now allowed rental of cars larger than sub-compacts, I was shown what would be my receipt — for $750! When I emphatically exclaimed that the additional $500 from the “upgrade” was not acceptable she had to call a manager to see if she could give me a “lesser” car for the price agreed upon at my reservation time.
Seriously, I will never go through this process again. In fact, for future trips I will avoid choosing Hertz because of this terrible customer experience.
Having Fun, Wish You Were Beer
For lunch on Saturday the family unit and I went to Mellow Mushroom, where we ate pizza and I had, soda, you thought that I was going to type beer, didn’t you.
Yesterday the Raleigh Royalty and I hit up the Raleigh Brewing which is both kid and dog friendly. In more-progressive states the brewery experience is so much more relaxing, with no cover charge to get in (“have to buy a glass from which to drink free beer”) and the ability to buy beer and growlers straight from the source. Raleigh Brewing also has seating and board games to entertain you whilst you drink. While there I crowned myself the champion of Battleship (since both boys quit half-way through the competitions).
Last night we sat at the house and ate delicious nachos while watching “The Big Game.” (don’t want the NFandL issuing a cease-and-desist letter by using their highly-trademarked name for that bowl game played on a super Sunday). Of course the team that I wanted to win did not. 🙁 Go ahead Jenka, gloat. 😛 The most frustrating part of the evening came when I thought that I was going to win $75 (I had 7/7) as one of my squares, and my hopes were dashed by both teams by scoring in the final two minutes of the second quarter.
Today I am working, and soon Lisa and I will be going to the YMCA for some exercise, which is good because I am on the brink of needing to buy new pants…