Monday, April 9, 2012

VENTING


No it's not about the vents in the car
it's my hot air!

Did you even have one of those days that even though you may not be looking forward to it you know that it will be nice to get out of the house. I had said yesterday that I was heading out to Irvine to the Mini/BMW dealer to get a recall fixed on my 2008 Mini Cooper S. I also had an emissions light come on that needed looking at. So I waited to get the recall papers and then I called to set up the appointment. Well they are running weeks behind because of the recall so April 9th was the date I had set up. I told the guy I would be waiting for the car and that my emissions light was also on. He said just tell the guy when you drop it off.

So I leave the house and it's one of those perfect green light days to the freeway entrance and I'm thinking, way to go, this is going to be one of those smile days. See I had gotten an email earlier in the day from a baby lost mother (Looking For Blue Sky) that I have know for about 2 years 9 months now who lives in the area and was taking her girls to a birthday party near there. She was going to run into the dealership to give me a hug. We have never meet before in person. Told her my appt. time and that I would be waiting. I was kinda hoping I would get a chance to meet her son Brady who is going on 4months old. She was going to be in the area around 1:40 if I was still there she would stop in or text her if I was gone by then.

So I merge onto the freeway which happens to be crawling at barely 9 miles an hour at 9am in the morning. (#$%@) Add your choice of words here. Well it took me about 40 minutes to go maybe 10 miles and I knew I would be late. After an hour I had to get off to make a pit stop!!! (remember I'm 60 1/2 yrs. old) Got back on and traffic started to clear and I actually got there about 5 minutes late for my appt. which wasn't bad at all for the traffic I encountered.

Anyway I connect with the guy who is writing up my order and I told him I would be waiting for my car. He said you can't wait. I said I always wait. He said an emission light on takes all day for them to check, can someone get you or can we give you a ride. Well no that won't work, I live in Riverside which is an hour away. I said they didn't tell me this on the phone and I told them about the emission light! He said he could give me a car for the day. (me don't like driving other peoples cars, I don't even drive Mark's)I told him okay but I won't be back tomorrow, that is my gone all day day! So he said as long as he has my car he will take care of the rental.

So I texted Trisha telling her the news that I would not be there when she is in the area. She texted back bummer :( and that's exactly how I felt!

So I head over to the rental but then I remembered I needed my bowling ball out of the trunk. So I told him and he said get the car then come back around. So I go to the Hertz car rental that is in the dealership. I told him I would like a small car and he said we will have a mini for you. So I sign my life away and we go out to the car. I get my seat all adjusted, turn on the car and I hear the familiar "ping" of it's time to get some gas thingy! So I go inside and asked him if they rent the cars with only a little fuel? So we go through the paperwork again and he takes me out to another mini. It's a new 2012 so that was cool! I was so flustered that I actually made a few wrong turns getting back onto the freeway to come home. (#$%@)

I could see the tank was kinda low and you have to return it with 1/4 tank. Well I just get off the freeway for my home exit and the fuel light comes on. So I stopped and put some gas in and hopefully it's enough. So I come home and go to click my opener to the garage and you guessed it....I forgot to take mine out of the car. Let's hope tomorrow is a better day.

Thanks for letting me vent :)



27 comments:

April said...

What a day you had, Debby! You feel free to vent any time! Praying that tomorrow brings brighter days for you!

Sonya said...

I would have been very annoyed too! We had to take my car in last summer to have the radio until replaced. We had to make 2 1 hour trips to the dealership. Luckily we were able to wait there both times because it only took an hour each time, but if that hadn't been possible we would have asked for a loaner for the day because it would have been ridiculous for us to drive 2 cars up there.

Lynn said...

Woah. I got tired just reading about your day. I have driven those freeways countless times, and I don't miss them at all. Maybe you should move up here to peaceful northern CA!
All we have up here is a few meth-heads...:( Carry on.

Deb said...

you poor thing what a day....

nancygrayce said...

Oh, nothing as irritating as car dealerships, well except RV dealerships! I don't understand why it takes all day for a light on.....I thought they just hooked it up to the computer and it shot out codes for what's wrong! Like I said....car dealerships!

Nani said...

What a flustering day! They only have a 1/4 tank in their cars? We always have to return rentals with a full tank!

I how tomorrow is a better day!!

Chatty Crone said...

This is so funny - when I wrote you earlier I was talking about venting about the dishes and you wrote back about the car - lol - now I get it. Sandie

Nichol said...

BOy I'm tired and ready for a nap reading that. Sorry your day didn't go as planned. I've never heard of an all day visit from an emissions light, crazy. How's the rental car??

Secret Agent Woman said...

Crazy day! I know you'll be glad to have your own car back.

Unknown Mami said...

Aww, I'm sorry. Those kind of days that just line up inconvenience after inconvenience can really get to you.

Libbie said...

Oh Debby what a pain! I wwish I had lived closer to come pick you up! But also I wish you got to meet your friend!

I like picturing you zooming around in a mini cooper....cute & zippy just like you! take care & I hope you get your car back soon!

Simone said...

So sweet of you to want to stay while they worked on your car. Sounds like you got a great deal...driving around in a 2012. It's got to be worth your frustrating day, right?

Tesha said...

Uuuugggg no fun. Praying tomorrow will be better!

Trennia said...

I hope your day is better tomorrow!
You had such a hard day bless your sweet heart!

That corgi :) said...

What a day Debby! Its like Murphy's law was working overtime on you with everything not working. But I know the freeway can just be "nasty" that time of the morning even in the best laid out of plans for leaving early, etc. I am surprised that they didn't rent the car out with a full tank; most of the cars we rent you have to return it with a full tank because they rent it out with a fuel tank. I can only hope the rest of the week gets better!

betty

Nel said...

Bless your heart! What a day you had. I know you will be glad to get your car back, and it will be better.
until next time... nel

Amy said...

I live near LA too and you had me at stand still traffic. I feel your pain. Sorry about the car and having to go all the way back there...the next trip will SURELY be better!!

Hilary said...

I feel you pain. A few years ago I leased a BMW from a BMW/mini dealership. Their name was hassle and trust me every time I brought my car in, there was a hassle... I can so relate to this story

Mary said...

I hate days like that! But, you DID get to drive a new mini! :)

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Oh my, what a day! Hoping today is a better day!

Stephanie said...

Oh those little things can really add up! You have to let them out. Hope tomorrow is better!

Katherine said...

Wow! What a crazy day!

Love Of Quilts said...

Venting is good! Hope your doing ok and your having a better day today.

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Oh Jeez hun!!! What a pain in the rear. I hope today is going better! HUGS

Holly said...

what a bummer you couldnt meet up w/ Trisha! That would have been so nice for you guys to meet!

Katherine C said...

Just breathe...xo P.S> I'm leaving a comment from my other blog today

kyooty said...

There must be something in the air? a friend came over today for cake. mmmmmm cake and she said "omgEE I needed this..." and dug in. She's 8months along and so many thing are driving her over the edge. Sanity? it's a thin line isn't it?

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