Ghettoprise and Other Disappointments

This week has gone by rather quickly but has been kind of a doozy. It’s been marked by several incidents/occurrences but since not a single one would merit a blog post on its own, I decided to scrunch them all together.

Commence bitchfest.

1.     I had to rent a car for a day on Tuesday. We had a voucher for a free rental from Enterprise because they were douchewads last year when we had a long-term rental from them when our car was in the shop after an accident. The voucher was for a free Full Size rental for one day, which was perfect for my needs. Unfortunately, when I got there, the only cars the guy could give me were a Chevy Suburban, a minivan, or some little red compact car, which I later learned was a Chevy Aveo.

If you’re wondering what an Aveo looks like, it is this:

With the exception of the tint, that is what I drove. I chose not to go for the minivan because I loathe them entirely and I didn’t need such a roomy car. The Suburban was way too intimidating and I didn’t want to put a ton of gas into it just for a quick two-hour drive and back.

I was forced to go with the Aveo, which had nothing automatic in it except for the transmission. It had air conditioning, so there was that. I don’t remember the last time I drove a car with manual windows and locks – maybe when I was 16? It was really strange. Nice, cheap interior and though there was a CD player in it, it did not function. I was crushed because I’d made sure to bring my CD wallet with me. Luckily, Kevin is a genius and remembered the AUX cord so I was actually able to plug in my iPod for the trip, which was a real lifesaver. I had to crank up the tunes on the crappy speakers because the car made an absolute ton of noise going 70mph down the highway. It really made me appreciate the comfort of my own car (a Hyundai Sonata, if you care to know).

The entire experience of renting a car with Enterprise sucked all over again, including the too-salesy guy at the counter. He seemed to think Enterprise wouldn’t do something like data mining when he asked for my employer’s name and tried to upsell me on my insurance options. Kevin saved me the trouble of having to say no by asking, “What’s free?” Then I had to “waive” my right to the options by initialing everywhere.

It was an uneventful trip with the car but it totally reinforced my thought that Chevy is not a worthwhile investment. (Well…I should modify that – I’m not a fan of American cars in general.)

Enterprise (now fully dubbed Ghettoprise), I will never rent from you again as long as I can help it. They’re right up there with Super Shuttle, who crossed me in 2005 during the transit strike in NYC. Never again.

2.     Facebook recently changed their privacy options when it comes to status updates, links, etc. I obligingly went through their little “tutorial” on how to post a status update, as if I hadn’t had Facebook since 2004, and promptly forgot about it. This morning, I went to go post something and noticed that the default setting for my status updates was Public.

PUBLIC!

I’m sorry but when did Facebook suddenly turn into Google+? And with G+, you always know when you’re putting something out to the public. I did not appreciate this shady move by M. Zuckerberg. I had to go through about eight prior links and status messages, changing them back to what I previously had my settings on in the first place. Hopefully, since Facebook is copying off of G+’s paper, the settings will stick since they were my last used ones.

I understand programs need to roll with the times but it doesn’t instill confidence that the people running Facebook thought their product was just fine. It screams that they were honestly worried that G+ was suddenly going to steal all 800 million of its users in a single bound.

So honestly, I was rather ticked at this latest maneuver. There is a reason I have a Limited Profile list, number one. Number two is that while it may seem ironic of me to say this, there ARE things I want kept private or at least limited to a certain group of people on the interwebs. I know it’s the World Wide Web and that so many people think it just means it’s a free-for-all on any information published, but if I wanted Naomi Strawn in Utah to know my business, I’d friend her. That’s all I’m saying.

3.      I had Part I of a two-part root canal done on Thursday. It wasn’t fun. Apparently I was so anxious and tense about having my mouth shot up with needles, that the doctor suggested I take a prescription medication before the next appointment which will totally relax me. I will need a driver and that person to stay for the whole appointment because “sometimes” the medication can cause “amnesia” in certain patients.

What??

The root canal was actually a redo from one I got in 2008. It became infected and lo and behold, during Part I, the doctor found a whole root that the dentist had missed. Terrific. I go back in November for Part II of Scary Dental Times.

For now, I’m in enough pain that I can’t fully chew on that side of my jaw where the procedure was done. My snacks are all the kind that babies can eat. Except for cookies dunked in coffee, I’m pretty sure babies don’t eat that.

4.     I have been waiting a while for the movie Something Borrowed to come out on DVD so I could finally see what the fuss is all about, and it was sold out at Red Box.

I blame Netflix.

If they hadn’t jacked up their prices, causing me to choose between streaming and DVDs, I wouldn’t have had to wait and wait for it to hit a Red Box station, only to find out that it was sold out.

Jerks.

Not everything about this week was bad, and in fact there was one very bright spot to it. But that will have to be a story for another time. Today, it was all about 99 Problems…

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Comments

  1. Holy hell! I’m sending all manner of good-customer-service and quick-dental-healing vibes your way. I really, really hope you’re having a better day, today.

  2. I can totally relate to Ghettoprise–although I do think that you’re giving “Ghetto” a bad name. Having worked in the auto insurance industry and having (unfortunately) had a couple of car accidents myself, I try to zip on my “I’m immune to your sales tactics” suit when I go in there and answer no to everything. I counter questions about my employer, etc. with “Is this required to rent the vehicle?” I hope you’re feeling better soon–I know such dental work must be painful. Let me know if I can help when you’re doing your second appointment. Finally, I know that “Something Borrowed” is available via Amazon for instant viewing, if you do that. 🙂

    • I’ll have to check out Amazon, thanks Julia! I laughed at your comment about giving ghetto a bad name. I know most car rental places run similarly, but to have consistent bad experiences with one place, I’ll avoid them at all cost.

      I feel grateful I love driving so much. If my only experiences of it were through rental cars, I’d be a bitter driver!

  3. I agree on the Enterprise new name, nicely done! I too had an issue with them a several years back and have not used them since. I have had great experiences with Hertz (although they are more expensive I have found they are worth it). And ditto on Netflix. I cancelled my account when they decided to up their fee. I have enjoyed the break from TV shows and movies. I am enjoying so many other things in life who needs them 🙂 (I do watch NFL but that’s different)

    • I’ve heard Hertz is good. I am moving on up in the world of car rental places.

      And as for Netflix, today showed us the next chapter in their business plan. Oy.

  4. Root canal? Rental Car? Life’s awful like that sometimes. Hope this week gets better!

  5. I’m sorry to hear about your week! I hope this one has been going a little better. 🙂

    As soon as you said something about your Facebook privacy changing, I immediately checked mine and thankfully it is still set to “Friends Only”. Knowing everyone can see my status updates makes me feel like I’m naked in public.

    Facebook is annoying me with this stupid “Chat” setting, too! Even just now, I heard a little “bloop” sound come from my computer, and confused I switched back over to my Facebook tab, where I found a chat message from someone. I don’t want to sound mean, but if I wanted to be online talking to people, I’d choose to go online, damnit. But Facebook automatically logs me on every time I sign in. Argh!!

    Hope your tooth isn’t hurting too bad. Have a good weekend!!

    • Thanks, Nicole! What’s weird is that while I have never had the Chat issue, others haven’t had the privacy issue. However, all of our posts are now visible to Friends of Friends. I don’t like that because someone I’m friends with is NOT going to be friends with others that I necessarily want to know what’s going on with me. It’s just annoying. I haven’t decided what, if anything, I’m going to do but it may make me think twice on what I post on others’ Walls, comment on, etc.

      The tooth is slowly healing but I am still gingerly chewing on it. Thank you for your kind words 🙂

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