Today I got up and went to rent a car so I can drive 4 hours to Albuquerque here in a minute (I try to time my arrival with the cleaning people on the first floor).
Anyway... I got driven to the airport by my friend's wife who had a doctors appointment on post which is near the airport. I had to leave a bit early because of this (the airport being 30ish minutes away).
Of note, I called the car people yesterday (Advantage if you are curious) gave my name and told them I would be early. "We open at 6:00, sir." Great says I. Will my car be there? "It should be sir." Also great. Thanks.
Today I arrive at the airport and get dropped off. I walk in and, shockingly, there is a service rep at the counter of my rental people. Fantastic! I approach and give them all the bloody cards they always want (if you travel a lot you get tired of being told to do the same thing over and over again - so I always try to beat them to the punch).
Now for the fun conversation:
Attendant: "Are you renting a car today?"
Me: "No, I would like some orange juice and a waffle."
A: -unfazed by my hilarious retort- "You are early."
M: Yes I called your people yesterday - they said I 'should' be OK.
A: You may have to wait an hour for a car, I do not have any compacts available.
A: Let me see. I don't have any compacts available.
A: Your drivers license is expired.
M: No, it isn't. look at the 4th card I handed you.
A: Oh, I see...I don't have any compacts available.
A: You look young in your drivers license.
M: Yeah, I was 16 in that photo. I had hair for example.
A: People in, New Mexico (i think he said), get their picture every 30 years.
M: uh huh
A: They can look a lot different.
M: That does happen over time.
A: I don't have any compacts available, I think I can get you in a mid sized SUV.
A: You are early though.
M: Uh huh. I called.
A: Well, here we go....
The rest is signing the digital pad that hardly ever works at rental places for some obtuse reason and turning down all coverage for the millionth time.
This is not the worst, or best if you will, encounter with plane and car people - but it did happen today so there you go. Blog on.
If you live in ABQ I will be there tonight but intend to hit a casino for an hour or two. So w/e