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Downhill from there

Everything was going fine with the working at home -- I was at least as productive as at work, maybe a bit more so, but I hadn't heard from the car dealer and it was getting later and later ..... so I called at 5:15, and had to leave a message, and then called back ten minutes later, on the verge of major concern. I was told that the car was done, but the courtesy van driver went home at 4:00.

Um, at around 12:30, I was told that the car would be ready around 5, and that I could still catch the courtesy van, but I should remind them when they called back upon completion of the work. By 5:25, I had absolutely no recourse. No way to get a cab, buses are badly scheduled, and everyone I knew was still at work. I had no way to get there before 6:00. And so, I didn't.

But man, was I ... upset, I guess. I felt completely trapped in my house. My very hot, stagnant, un-air-conditioned house, to be exact. But forget the fact that I really wanted to go somewhere for dinner and coffee where the air was a little closer to liveable, or that I had been basically misled by the dealer. I was just freaked out. I spent a half-hour going "I gotta get outta here.... I gotta get outta here...." Just ask my mom, or Dave. They suffered through anxiety-spasmed phone calls. It's not that I had anywhere to go, I just ... I guess I don't like being stuck.

I bet some of you are just aching to jump in and analyze this.

I calmed down. It wasn't the end of the world. A lot of people don't have their own cars all the time, right? I didn't have any appointments, and I had food in the house, and as it turned out I had "entertainment" in the form of the coverage of the bridge collapse in Minneapolis. Certainly not "ha-ha!" entertainment, of course. Just absorbing. It's amazing, what happened there. (Check your favorite American news source for details.) I'm somewhat chagrined to say that the best coverage in the first hour and a half after the collapse was on ... Fox News. They had the best local affiliate, I think, so they had the best video and the best local reporters. The helicopter MS:NBC was using appeared at one point to be hunting for the bridge along the entire length of the Mississippi River in Minnesota, I swear. They got better, though. CNN... I dunno. Wolf Blitzer is just so bad at anchoring breaking news.

You're probably hoping I get my car back fast, huh, after my amateur news analysis.... I have a ride to go up to the dealership first thing tomorrow. And someone's going to get a piece of my mind about this courtesy fan snafu.

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bonezman
Aug. 2nd, 2007 07:00 am (UTC)
Ummm did you schedule the courtesy van to pick you up in the morning so you can pick up the car and go to work tomorrow (today by my typing)??

He he he .. Yeah.. I know the trapped feeling of not having transportation.. Sucks and rational thought doesn't always stick around for those of us who have grown used to being mobile 24/7. At least the car is done and can be picked up in the morning. If I remember your usual time heading to work correctly you should have enough time to get the car and get to work about your usual time. That is, unless you actually head in while there's still morning traffic.?.

Anyway... Good luck getting to work tomorrow at a reasonable hour..
songdogmi
Aug. 2nd, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)
No, I got a ride with my nephew, since it's on his way to work, and way earlier than I would get to work, so I had plenty of time in case things were more wrong than I thought. It didn't seem prudent to rely on the courtesy van.

(More details in my next post....)
aaron_of_mpls
Aug. 2nd, 2007 09:14 am (UTC)
Heh, I kinda know what you mean about feeling stuck at home when your car's in the shop. The feeling is mitigated for me somewhat by the fact that I live with my dad and my brother (and have other relatives within 20 minutes' drive), so I can get a ride if I must be somewhere, though I always feel bad about asking for a ride. Still, I can imagine how I'd be if I'd arranged transportation while my car was disabled, only to have the arrangement fall through.
songdogmi
Aug. 2nd, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
It sucketh mightily, it doth. I, like so many others in the US of A, are terribly dependent on being able to get in a car and go wherever and whenever we want, or at least we think we have to be able to do that.

And yet, once I got over my initial freak-out, it wasn't all that bad. At least I knew that the only obstacle was me getting the car. I had a situation a few years ago where my truck needed repair just after a major snowstorm, and they couldn't even predict when the part was going to arrive, so I had no idea when I would get it back. That was hard.
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