There has been so much to smile about this week, which is refreshing given how difficult last week was. Perhaps greatest among all of those things is the continued support from friends and colleagues. I cannot tell you how many people have come up to me asking me how they can help, letting me know that they’ve been praying for me or that they are so glad I’m OK. It’s hard to top love like that.
However. Because people are people, there are often reasons to not just smile but perhaps giggle uncontrollably or even guffaw. Some situations call for a guffaw.
As part of this whole accident thing, my insurance is paying for a rental car. Getting it was a bit of a pain because Sweet Husband and I had some miscommunication which made both of us grouchy. When we arrived at the rental car place, they had one car available to for me:
This made me giggle because my Josie – the good ol’ girl who saved my life a week ago – just so happened to be a Red Jeep Cherokee. Not brand new, although I remember when she was…all the way back in 1993. Not with any of the incredible bells and whistles that this new model had. Josie didn’t even have power windows because the Sner didn’t want to have to deal with the higher costs if the electrical motors died. The new Josie had all the latest – including a back-up camera. Fancy-dancy.
This lovely new Jeep also had the latest in anti-theft protection. I’m pretty sure that wasn’t standard equipment. Funny how I wasn’t offered it on the rental agreement.
The story here is really that Tuesday morning, the rental agency gave me a call and left a message saying they needed to speak to me. They also called my husband, who sent me a text that read
So ************* just called me and said that the previous car occupant may have left a pistol in your vehicle. If you don’t feel comfortable looking for it, he said they will do it for you. They said to give them a call when you get a chance. SMH. Dumb ass people in this world.
There are so many things wrong with this statement…which was confirmed when I called them back as soon as I read that text from SH.
Perhaps the biggest thing wrong with this whole scenario is that I work in a school…where it is illegal to have a firearm. I could see the headlines, “Local Teacher Arrested, Gun Found in Vehicle.” Ummmm…no thanks.
And then the whole part about if I didn’t feel comfortable looking for someone else’s gun? I know firearms. I grew up around guns, and while working my way through college, I was employed at a wholesale firearms dealer. But I’m not going digging around in a vehicle looking for an unsecured pistol. I didn’t know who had the vehicle before me, and I had no idea what kind of gun might have been left in the car. So not just no – I don’t feel comfortable looking for the gun – but HELL NO.
Before we go any further can we talk about who does this kind of thing? Who puts a gun in their rental car? And who forgets that the gun is in the rental car? Really? WHO DOES THAT SORT OF THING???
When I told the nice folks at the rental company that no, I didn’t really feel comfortable and no I couldn’t wait until this afternoon to bring it back to them to handle it, their response was, “Well. Then you can call the police to come get the firearm or you can go to any local ************** to have them remove the gun.”
I saw the headlines again –
“Police Called to Local Elementary School – Responding to Report of Gun on Campus.”
Oh. Lord. No. Nope. Not an option.
With which my boss agreed.
I wound up taking the new Josie to the place that was about half a mile from my work, where interestingly enough, they called the police. Because their policy is to not touch firearms left in vehicles.
But they wanted ME to go searching for it? Really? REALLY?
It was totally a comedy of errors, and maybe it was the haze of pain medication that wasn’t really working or maybe it’s because I can look at all of these things through the lens of safety and security, but it was funny. I laughed and kept laughing.
Perhaps it was really hysteria?
I am again reminded that I am thankful for many, many things…chief among that them is that I have never had to live a life where carrying your piece is a daily act and that I have this whole community of people around me to love me and support me – without the need to resort to violence or potentially violent means.
(and I’m now in a silver Nissan Rogue. Not as fancy-dancy as the Cherokee and definitely lacking that particular enhanced security feature)
What has made you smile this week? Have you had any outrageous things happen with a rental vehicle?