Tue, Jun. 19th, 2012, 03:07 pm
Remember That Bit About Plans And First Contact With The Enemy...?
I couldn't get easily into the driver's side of the potentially borrowed van. Broke something on the door doing so. Hertz didn't have a car I could fit into at all. I don't have comp & collision insurance (why would I, on a $2600 14-year-old-van?), so they couldn't even rent to me.
Something had to give, and it is ConTemporal.
I have communicated with John Guest, the convention treasurer, and he was very understanding. If you're out Chapel Hill way, there's this really excellent bunch of folks having a steampunk convention this year, and I hope I can make it next year, and meantime they've got Phil & Kaja Foglio and a whole lotta fun. Love to you all, and have a great time, and scarf some pulled pork and hush puppies for me.
If everything works under Plan 2.0, I'll be back home sometime tomorrow. I could do it today, but I need to lie down and have a good
stress-related freakout/crying jag
Tue, Jun. 19th, 2012 07:21 pm (UTC)
Naps are good. I recommend doing that first.
I can't do much from where I am other than offering moral support, so call if you need to. (Email if you don't have the number.)
Tue, Jun. 19th, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC)
I have the number, and I'll likely call you in the next couple of days after I'm home. So many hugs.
Tue, Jun. 19th, 2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
I have had to tell a rental company their car didn't fit myself.
Wish I were closer.
Tue, Jun. 19th, 2012 07:56 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry things weren't fitting, and corporations were being yukky.
Tue, Jun. 19th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
*sends loads of virtual hugs*
Tue, Jun. 19th, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
Eeek. I find it really does help to remember that this, as all things, will pass. Do what you've gotta do, be safe, and remember we're all more than a little fond of ya. *hugs*
Tue, Jun. 19th, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
Might I suggest writing the "Passive Aggressive Van blues"?
I hate you. I love you. You drive me around.
Your AC works best in winter.
You drive like a dream. You steer like mad cow.
And your engine glows red like a cinder.
The doors they don't lock till I try to get out.
If you want to keep me around, fine.
You're the horseless carriage from the carlot of hell,
yet for all of your faults, you're still mine.
Tue, Jun. 19th, 2012 11:55 pm (UTC)
Tue, Jun. 19th, 2012 11:56 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Gimme a call, if you want to talk.
Wed, Jun. 20th, 2012 12:47 am (UTC)
Sorry that we'll miss you at Contemporal. But would rather have you safe and (functionally) sane than blow a sprocket or three getting down to Chapel Hill. We'll see if we can get you down for next year!
Wed, Jun. 20th, 2012 03:09 am (UTC)
So sorry to hear the van died. I can so sympathize - we just dropped $$$$ on our Green '99 caravan, Sea Drake.
Can't do much, but I did sign up for the subscription I'd been meaning to get & dropped something in the guitar case to make up for the lost con revenue.
as always, *serious gentle hugs* & I'm working on the next parcel of NASA swag. Exchange store is having a sale this week. *grin*
Wed, Jun. 20th, 2012 03:12 am (UTC)
Aw, damn, sweetie. Take care of yourself. If I was there I would be most forthcoming with my patented *chunkyhugs*. Consider yourself hugged, 'k?
Wed, Jun. 20th, 2012 03:15 am (UTC)
So sorry to hear of the car problems. HUGS from me n Lily n the rest of the Borg, that being all we can offer at this time. But we have plenty of them. And HUGS too, to all the fen who helped you out, in thanks.
Wed, Jun. 20th, 2012 03:52 am (UTC)
I've had to try on rental cars before. It sucks. Hugs. Be safe.
Wed, Jun. 20th, 2012 07:05 pm (UTC)