tuesday 11:35pm september third two thousand two
I went home for labor day weekend. I was going to be heading back with vicki, anthony and eric, so I thought "hey, let's rent a car. it'll be more fun and cheaper than amtrak." so I found a good deal on a car that was actually at a place in brooklyn that was easy to get to from my apartment: car zoom. I picked up the car, which looked less-than-nice, but I figured "hey, it drives. who cares what it looks like."
one of the reasons to go home this particular weekend was to attend the "send it in barbecue" which mark organized. it was at thachers park, which is a great place to go if you're bored in rotterdam and the weather's nice. lots of big grassy picnic areas where you can grill and drink and make noise. all of which happen to be hobbies of ours.
the rest of the weekend was fun and relaxing, but once monday rolled around we had to make our way back down to the city. so vicki, anthony and I hopped into the car zoom car, and hit the road. traffic was starting to get a little heavy, but nothing too bad. more or less smooth sailing, until all the indicator lights started coming on, and an odd burning smell filled the car. during a quick call to my dad, we realized this was "bad" so we pulled over at the upcoming rest stop.
finally got in touch with the car zoom guy the next morning. seems "24-hour roadside assistance" means "we'll only answer during regular office hours." so the guy towed a new rental car up for us to use, and took the old one back to fix himself.