I guess you can’t always get what you want

And in this case what I want is my car back. At first I was quite pleased with the service of Autobody shop on Upshur between 12th and 13th but then I tried to get my car back. They called me at 8 am letting me know it was ready to be picked up at 10. Great wonderful news. I said I’d be in at noon on my lunch break. Sure no problem they said. Ha! So a good buddy drove me from downtown DC to pick up the car at noon. And guess what? They forgot to “wash” it so it wasn’t ready. Could I come back in a half an hour they ask? Sure. We go get some lunch and watch an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. So obviously after watching the genius of Larry David I was back in a good mood. And at 12:40 they give me my car back. Only, the locks don’t work. Ha! Are you kidding me? So then they tell me just wait 10 minutes and we’ll fix it right away. Sure 10 minutes, that’s not so bad. So 10 minutes becomes 20 minutes which quickly becomes 30 minutes. At this point I start cursing. So they say, nicely and apologetically at least, can I come back and get it at 4:30? Wonderful. Sure I’ve only wasted 2 hours so far. At last I return at 4:30 and they promptly set the alarm off whilst looking for my keys – which only took about five minutes to find. Although with an annoying horn blaring five minutes actually feels like fifty. At least they were quite nice about the whole thing.

Two lessons from this ordeal: Number One – Be careful which day you pick to quit sniffing glue; and Number Two – Don’t make a left hand turn from the right lane…

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