I think that was a quote from the great 1986 movie, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. At the time, I thought it was just verbiage for the sake of Ferris’ monologue, little did I know how prophetic those words would become the older (ahem, more experienced) I become with the world. Let me set the mood for you, this past Thursday I had a follow up appointment with Seamus’ vet to check on his rehab progress and overall recovery from surgery. Here’s the rub, as my VW has been in PA since July 14th, I did not have a car appropriate to transport a convalescent canine. Therefore I set out to rent another vehicle, besides the GM beauty I currently have from Enterprise that got me back from PA in July.
It made sense that I would contact Enterprise Rental Car about renting a minivan, and in turn I completed said reservation with Enterprise Tuesday afternoon. The local branch office called a few hours later (5:30pm) to confirm the details. When I mentioned that I would be leaving my current rental with them in the parking lot while I used the minivan, it was at that moment when the branch manager notified me it was against Enterprise policy to rent more than one car to the same person at the same time.
No worries, there are other car hire agencies nearby, although it was quitting time the day before I actually needed the vehicle so I immediately set into action to locate another provider. That provider was AVIS who confirmed that there was a minivan available at the location closest to my residence. The only issue was that by the time the reservation was completed it was 6:05pm and I was in DC while the AVIS location was in suburban Maryland, and it closed at 7pm. When I mentioned the likelihood of traffic delays getting out of DC during a midweek rush hour commute they said the branch would stay open until I arrived to pick up the minivan. During my trip to AVIS I called the branch phone # no less than 7-8 times in hopes of reaching the branch manager personally to reconfirm all the details and that they had indeed agreed to stay open until I arrived. Eight calls, no answer. Not a confidence building.
Funny enough when I arrived (7:14pm) at the AVIS location there was a gentleman standing in front of the doors to the branch, and I began to get a sinking feeling that the branch had already closed for the evening. So I was so relieved when I approached the doors that the same gentleman asked me if I was from “911”. A rather odd ice breaker I admit, but upon following up with a “What?”, the gentleman informed me that the branch manager had called the police and they were both waiting on their arrival to settle some dispute between them. Whew! What a relief right, they’re “open” just not “open-open”. With that bit of good news, I let the dream of renting a vehicle appropriate enough to transport Seamus slip away into the evening.
Maybe I can hire a taxi for the vet visit, boy it sure would be nice if I had a minivan, hatchback, or wagon to make these types of errands easier. Oh wait, I do, but it’s in PA…like for the better part of a month.