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A Tale of Two Cars

Posted Jul 15 2012 4:33pm

I would like to share a tale with you.  A tale that may make you laugh, shudder, and then make you laugh some more and possibly have you questioning my sanity in the end.

Nichole & I decided months ago that we were going to room together at Type A Conference .  And since we live relatively close geographically to one another that we were going to travel there together as well.  While Nichole and I grew up in the same small town and went to school just a few years apart, we really didn’t know each other and actually met at a conference 500 miles away from our beloved homes in Ohio.

Instead of flying I had the brilliant idea to rent a car from Enterprise instead of flying down to Charlotte.  Splitting the cost between the two of us the car rental and gas was a heck of a lot cheaper than just ONE round trip flight.  Nichole was instantly on board, especially given her luck flying to Type A Con the year before. (P.S. I had no idea about this at the time)

The day started off to a rocky start when I was delayed in actually getting the car since Enterprise couldn’t pick me up until well after we wanted to be on the road.  But no biggie, it was only an eight and a half hour drive, we would still be there by dinnertime. Nichole lives about 45 minutes south of me and I have to say that I am pretty sure I made that trip in record time.  Soon enough we were both loaded into the car snapping photos of ourselves and the Jetta to document our journey to Charlotte, NC.

@hdurdil and @nikki_s on our way to #typeacon

Look at us unsuspecting fools. Had we known what was in store for us that day we may have opted to have an ugly cry right there in her driveway before shoving off.  (Okay maybe once we got the Starbucks because I am sure that Nichole wouldn’t want us to scare her kids and concern her husband.)

Things were pretty smooth for the first couple of hours until we hit glitch number one, Nichole wasn’t able to get the car charger to work in any of the outlets in the Jetta. This was a bit concerning because we wanted to make sure that our devices stayed charged since nobody happened to print up a set of directions to the “hotel” we were going to be staying at for the night. (Why yes hotel is in quotation marks, you will soon learn why later.)

Somewhere in southern Ohio along I-77 we stop at a rest stop, after getting back into the Jetta we notice glitch number two; after I adjusted the steering wheel the key wouldn’t turn in the ignition.  Well, I guess that isn’t so bad, I mean it wasn’t that uncomfortable to drive with the wheel a bit higher than usual.  I mean I was concerned, but once I stuck the wheel back to where it was when I got the Jetta I was just relieved that the key turned and it started.

We decide to stop just south of Cambridge, Ohio for lunch at a place called Lori’s.  We decide since it near 100 degrees out that we are going to crack all of the windows to help ventilate the Jetta while we eating lunch, this is when we encounter glitch number three; the one rear window doesn’t work.  At this point I decide that maybe we should call Enterprise to let them know about the glitches and ask them what we should do.  She said she is noting the account and if we would like to swap out cars at the nearest Enterprise we are welcome to do so.   We decided not to and went in to eat our lunch,which was really good, very affordable, and they seemed to have outlets near all of the booths so we were able to charge up while we ate.

After lunch we go back to the Jetta and find a surprise when we started it up; the check engine sign in now flashing. I had no idea that they flashed and so I promptly called my hometown Enterprise to see what we should do.  Again I was offered the chance to swap out cars and since we were only a few hours into our eight plus hour drive, swapping out cars seemed like a great idea.  I told the gal where we were and asked her to find the closest Enterprise to us without us having to back track.  She wasn’t sure how to look that up and Nichole actually found it before she did, thankfully only located about 26 miles away right off I-77.  I asked if we should call ahead to the Enterprise to let them know we were on our way to switch out cars and she assured us that as long as we had our pink slip we would be fine.

And now since this post is already of epic length I am going to advise you to come back tomorrow to read A Tale of Two Cars-26 miles Later….trust me you won’t want to miss it!

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