Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Shit happens. Shit has happened.

I am sitting in a Tullys right now, because yesterday, at 1:20 pm, the crew of men who were outside my house, on the first day of a $17k, two week plumbing project to repair a leaking line, cut our phone and cable line. Yes they did.

I could have gone to Starbucks, of which there are two in this particular shopping mall, in case someone might have a latte attack and need to get to a Starbucks in a hurry, but i refuse to pay for internet access. Wonder how that pay for access thing is working out for Starbucks?

You'll want to know that the brand of ass-gaskets here at Tullys are called Saf-T-Gard. No where near as fun as Rest Assured, and spelling impaired as well.

Yesterday, before the phone access was cut at my house, i received a call from Enterprise Car Rentals informing me that the rental car i am driving (and have been driving for over two months, ever since the Mister was hit by an uninsured motorist who ran a stop sign) now has a bill totalling over $1,800, of which my insurance company will only be paying $765. After i finished choking, I told them i'd call them back.

Long phone call made short, my insurance company will be paying as the rules are different for uninsured motorist's claims. Daniel, my adjustor, who is a dumb as a bag of hammers, told me that he would call Enterprise and inform them that all is covered.

About an hour later i received a call back from the guy at Enterprise telling me congratulations, and that he is so impressed with me because he has never seen an insurance company respond so quickly. I could hear other people clapping and cheering in the background. So the day was a success, as i am now the darling of the car rental office.

There are 6 people besides me in this Tullys, at 1 o'clock in the afternoon. Four of them have on logo shirts from a large software company based in Redmond. There must be a geek nest nearby, and why aren't they at work? Also, a quick fashion tip: Socks with sandals and shorts are not ok.

I was going to post about something else today, and i will in a day or so, but the bottom line is that some shit has happened, but it's all small stuff and it's all ok.


Anonymous said...

What is a Tully's, for those of us outside their dominion?
You know I need the visuals!

Very good, to get applause! I'm impressed. (Part of a self-help class I attended in June was for each of us to stand up and tell 3 random things about ourselves and the rest of us had to go wild! It was funny.

We'll be here when you are ready with the other.

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Teri M. said...

Yowsa! I will intelligently state the obvious here by saying "That sucks!".
And you go girl, whipping that insurance company into shape.
So, how much flare do they have to wear at Tully's?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous up there CLEARLY missed your post on AssGasket art. They could make millions working from the comfort of their local public restroom, and they completely missed the boat. Or the john. Whatever.


You are the darling of the rental car company. Let's think positive.

Girlplustwo said...

it might be small stuff but yes, it is a lot of shit. besides the point, i've always thought a fate worse than death might be working at enterprise.

Lynnea said...

Well I bet you're relieved that you were prepared with your very own ass gasket (i can't stop saying that) to shield you from the shit. You sound still in a happy place, which is commendable considering what you've been through.
I think you must have some special super power you were unaware of or didn't reveal to us. Insurance companies never never never listen to their clients and pay more. You aren't secretly Super Insuragirl are you?
Teri M., flare to wear, so funny. Love that movie.

peevish said...

I say applause for any reason is a nice bright spot in the day. Too bad you had to go through so much crap to get yours.

I don't know what Tully's is, either.

Bobealia... said...

I wish shit would just stop feking happening sometimes. Geeze.

meno said...

de, Sorry about that, Tullys is a Starbucks competitor, but with free wireless and more copper in the decor. Which means that there are 3 coffee shops in this one mall, and another one in the book store. Enough!

teri, They appear to have no flair, but i could be wrong.

jen, looks like i'm going to have to turn on the verification word thing. Sigh. And yes, i am so proud.

jen, i would be happy if the shit stops. Anytime now.

maggie, :) i strike fear into the heart of insurance workers all over the world, or at least i'd like to.

lisa, the applause was fun. I guess it must have been a slow day at the office for them. See my comment to de for a Tullys explanation.

bo, AMEN sister, amen.

Mignon said...

Hello, "darling of the car rental office," I've been wanting to meet you ever since your first calendar came out. Boy I've spent many afternoons thinking about April...
Sorry - couldn't help it! And I'm am completely impressed by your handling of the insurance f*ck ups. They always cow me into bigger premiums and crap like that because I'm a sucker on the phone.

That other hammer thing you said reminded me of Foghorn Leghorn. "I say boy, you're about as sharp as a bag of wet mice..."

Mother of Invention said...

Small okay stuff? That's the best kind of shit! It's doable shit.

Dick said...

We don't have any Tully's up here and I kind of miss them. I won't pay to use WiFi at $4-bucks as my house is only 1.1 miles away with its DSL that I am paying for anyway, and I could use the broadband aircard with the laptop at the coffee shop if I really wanted to use the laptop over there.

A garbage truck knocked the cable TV off the "air" today in a fairly broad area of Mt. Vernon for 6 or 7 hours. I didn't miss the TV but I'll bet there were a lot who missed their Internet connections!

I ended up activating the word verification because I was getting as many as 4 or 5 spam comments a day. I got tired of having to delete them. It sure is simpler without it, though. Do it if you start getting too many. Once one finds you it seems others follow before long.

Unknown said...

Oh,god, you had me at 'ass-gasket'.
And, yeah; how can you trust a company to cover your ass when they can't even spell things correctly?

Anonymous said...

Oooh. For free wireless we have Meineke, so you can be productive while your car gets a lube (no public transit in CT). Probably includes a free cup of coffee too.

urban-urchin said...

sorry to hear about the shit and the $17k plumbing job- a figure like that just gives me a stomachache.

tully's, sweet tully's alas not here in jersey. i also miss pete's. sigh.

I hope things turn around soon.

Oh- and as for the comment you left today- thanks, like I already wasn't scared of my kid at 13- now I have THIS to look forward too? whee.

meno said...

mignon, if you would like me to autograph your calendar i would be happy to do so. The bag of hammers thing is from this weird underground comic book we used to read called "Reid Fleming, World's Toughest Milkman".

moi, (i am a dreadful typist, so i hope it's okay to be shortening your name) It is small stuff, no one is hurt. i mean physically, it's only money.

hi dick, no Tullys? It's outrageous! Yeah, if i get too many more junk comments, i will activate it, although you are right, it is a pain.

nancy, it's a term that needs to be used often and well! Ass-gasket, ass-gasket.

de, and doesn't that sound like a pleasant place to while away the hours, a lube shop?

u-u, thank god we have the money so it's not a huge stress, there are times in my life when that would have been a death blow to the finances. About the kid thing, you know, you can handle it, and if you are honest with her all along you can just tell the truth and when she asks why anyone would want to do that, say, "i have NO idea."

Andrea Frazer said...

Must be the week for shit. As I sit here, 300 bucks in debt, from dumb maneuvers, I feel your pain. (Though I was the bag of dumb hammers, unfortunately. You were the innocent nail.)