Rental Car Companies = Shysters

Every time I go on a trip where I rent a car, I am reminded of how shady car rental companies are. You think it’s all easy – you plan ahead and book the car ahead of time along with whatever else you need to prebook for your trip. And then you arrive.

Maybe you wait for your bags and then trek off in a shuttle bus to wherever the airport has relegated the rental agencies to, or maybe there’s a counter right there at the airport. On my last trip, we waited about an hour in the cold December weather at PHL for what the rental agency (after an annoyed call) said “we only have one bus running.” I wonder now if it was a tactic to just exhaust us into acquiescing to their tactics do once you get to their office (similar to car dealers who try to tire you into accepting their sub-optimal deals).

Upon our glorious and long-awaited arrival at the rental center we were offered every possible upgrade. Did we want a Ford Mustang? No. What about-No. Please, really, I just want the $15/day car I signed up for.  I understand the insurance offering – that to me makes sense – and yes, I understand if I crash the car I’m liable, etc etc. Aside from the upsell attempts – which are annoying, yes – the slowness in the whole ordeal is amazing. All the typing and tabbing in what I imagine is a very old green-screen database, then the dot-matrix printing and the signing and then wandering out to find the car.

Renting the car is second only perhaps to the ‘convenient hassle’ that air travel has morphed into these days.

Yes, this is a random post – here’s what spurred it on: NY Times: Renting a Car? Know the Rules of the Road (soft paywall – though I recommend you subscribe)

First Time for Everything

There once was a time when online newspapers were free to read; that time is long gone. I’ve never paid for an online news subscriptions, as I could usually find the story I wanted to read somewhere for free or find a way to get past the x number of free articles per month pay wall.

Yesterday I paid for a subscription to the New York Times. I don’t live in New York and have zero interest in local NY stories or even ever living in NYC – but that’s not important.

What’s important is that Donald Trump hates them – hates them with a passion. And honestly, that’s almost reason enough to buy a subscription. You have to remember that Trump hates the truth; as a liar it’s his arch enemy. So the fact that he hates the NYT means they’re doing their job. And that I can get behind.

For all two of you who read this (I’m being generous) I encourage you to support your local news outlet if you can. Especially if Trump hates them.

False Start

I resurrected this blog with the intent of trying to write more – so far I have failed. I host this myself, so I worked on setting up fun things like a reverse proxy in front of it so I could use a single IP and redirect to different hosts based on the hostname, and making sure it was secure, etc. /geekmode

Once upon a time I used to make it a point to write every morning, before I’d venture off to work when I was a police dispatcher. Those posts at 0500 weren’t my best. I look at them back in the archives and I shudder. I have thoughts of deleting them all but I feel like that’s not a good idea. The ability to look back on things from your past and recognize that you’ve (hopefully) improved in some form or fashion. I hope when I look back at these current ones the reaction will be better.

First Trump Disapproval Rating Lowest of Any New President – EVER

This should really be no surprise – the man wasn’t the most popular elected person, and the actions he is taking are those which most Americans disapprove of.  A staggering 53% of Americans polled disapprove of Trump.

If our thin-skinned maybe-legitimate maybe-legally-elected President can take anything from his low ratings: most Americans do not want you in that office. You have no mandate, and you’re doing things contrary to what America means and has stood for for well over 200 years.

Third Time’s a Charm

This is probably the third incarnation of this blog, dating back to the early 2000s when it lived in a form known as ‘LiveJournal’  and then migrated to WordPress, back and forth between hosts and finally just set to private and was largely forgotten for the last three years. I find it interesting that the last post I made was about being in Seattle for a job interview. I didn’t get that job in 2013, but I got one here midway through 2014 and so, here I am.

I am not entirely sure what purpose this site will serve, but here we go again.