another step toward big girl status (never mind the fact that i’m way pass my “mid-twenties”) — i rented and picked up my very first rental car last week in la! a little bit nervous, a little bit exciting.
i decided to go with midway rental cars and was glad the confirmation i received came with specific step by step instructions on how to pick up my rental car.
- after collecting your luggage, please exit the baggage claim area on the lower level of the airport. — check
- proceed to the center island to the “hotel/courtesy” shuttle pick up area which is indicated by the overhead “red” sign — check
- the shuttle will be yellow and will say “quikpark” on the side. — check
i spot the shuttle almost immediately! what great luck! *shuttle zooms by*
wait. looks down at instructions. looks up at red sign. looks down at instructions. “the shuttle runs every 15 minutes; however you are welcome to call them directly for pick up from the lax airport.” i call the rental car company and they promise to send a shuttle asap. cool, i resumed my waiting.
a few minutes later, i spot another yellow quikpark shuttle. that wasn’t so bad.. *shuttle zooms by*
i check the red sign above me a second time. i’m fairly certain i’m in the right spot!
it’s now been well over 20 minutes and i’m starting to get bored. despite being fairly quiet in nature i also have a short attention span. and this was driving me nuts! there was one lone man standing a little to my left. i say hi in hopes of starting some friendly convo. he gives me a frightened look just as his shuttle pulls up and he scurried onto his shuttle without a word.
hmm. another man comes to a stop a little to my right. i decide to take my chances and try again. the second man was a bit more responsive and asked my ethnicity. i told him i was chinese, which seemed to perk his interest. the next thing you know, we were new bffs and i was reminded, yet again, just how bad my mandarin really is (sorry, grandma).
just as the conversation was getting fun, i glanced up to see my shuttle pulling away from the curb! doh! the shuttle actually stopped and i’m about to miss it! i said a quick goodbye to my new friend and ran after my shuttle, arms waving. luckily the bus driver hadn’t made it very far and stopped to let me on! *whew*
i was a little sad to see my new friend vanish because i know i’ll probably never see him again — it’s kind of interesting the people who come and go from your life!
anyway, 30 minutes later i walk out of midway car rental with a apple green fiat 500c! i couldn’t help but smile when i saw it. i was pretty darn proud of my little green car! que and my brother disagreed though (they were afraid i’d get run over on the cali hwys!) and i wasn’t allowed to drive it all weekend. boo.
oh, well. cute though, isn’t it? 😀