Well, I met my daughter in Kansas City late last night.
Before she hung we up the phone yesterday, she said, “Dad, I’m not really comfortable driving this car. I mean he’s not going to stop me but the mechanic is really concerned.”
The problem with the engine was the timing chain had stretched and slipped a tooth or two. It was only a matter of time until it slipped again and the car would become undriveable.
I was thinking, “Look, I’m already in ‘hero’ mode! So let’s go!!!”
But I said…
“Cakes, this is going to save you a bunch of money. But if you’re not comfortable, that’s fine. I’m serious.”
“OK. Well I’m going to go home and pack and then I’ll make my decision.”
As soon as I hung up the phone, I grabbed my wife’s hand…
“Let’s pray. Father, I think this idea is from you. I am asking you to hold Cake’s car together so she can make it to KC.”
About an hour later, Cakes called…
“OK, I’m going to take off.”
“Are you sure?”
“Yes. I’m fine with it.”
I got in my car and headed to KC. But the whole time I wondered if her car would actually make it that far. What if it didn’t?…What would I do?
Since I didn’t know where we would end up meeting, I decided against renting a hotel room or reserving a car in advance.
Well, she made it. In fact, we arrived at the hotel of choice within 5 minutes of each other!
And, as planned, we dropped her car off at the mechanic this morning and then headed to the Enterprise in Lees Summit to rent a car.
They didn’t have any!
“You’re kidding me…Really???”
“We’ve got some coming at about 1:30.” (It was 9:00 A.M.)
“What about Raytown?”
“Not until 5:00 P.M.”
“Nothing. The airport (about an hour away) has plenty of cars but you would have to pay a higher rate…”
They called the Blue Springs location (20 minutes away)…and found…a…something…
“I’ll take it.”
“I feel bad that we didn’t have a car on the lot for you so I’m going to give you a 5% discount. Is that OK with you?”
I was just glad they found a car!
We drove over and I went in to rent the car. I mentioned the 5% discount…
“How about a free upgrade? We have a Camaro available.”
“How much is that?”
“We’ll give it to you at the same rate.”
Hmmm…is this some kind of trick???
“That sounds great!”
How cool is that???