Saturday, August 25, 2007

New Lesson: Don't rent cars after 9:00

Me: Hello, My name is Rionn Fears Malechem. Unlike all of these frustrated, angry people standing around in this Dollar Rent-A-Car office, I have a reservation for 1 o'clock.
Frustrated Angry People: Bkawk! Bkawk!
Counter Lady: We have no cars. We may have some cars in an hour. We may have other cars in an hour-and-a-half. There's no way to know.
FAP: Bkawk!
CL: I can take your names. I can take your numbers. I can make a list. We have a wait situation*.
Me: But, I must arrive in Boston by 5:00!
CL: You shan't.
Me: Does this happen frequently? Is there some trick to renting a car? Is there some other approach I should have taken?
CL: About every other weekend we run out of cars. We always start the day with cars. From 7 - 9, you can be sure to get a car. After that, it's a crap shoot.
FAP: Bkawk! Bkawk! Bkawk!

* -- I've taken some license with the phrasing and interactions in general, but she really did say, "We have a wait situation." As if this was just something that had happened to our collective selves instead of a purposeful policy Dollar had decided on.

Bkawk, indeed. I'm glad my obligations in Boston were eluctable.


Nephos said...

I thought you had made up a word and indeed you had (at least according to

Was is really ineluctable that you had to use it?

Sorry about the car. Think about it in the sense that from the standpoint of Dollar, you have a high t-statistic.

Beth said...

I noticed that too...but it led me on an hour long word journey which is always fun. Besides it really should be a word!