I just returned from a four day adventure in Los Angeles with my compadre Jordan and it started in the most riveting (bad) way. Â
I travel a lot, so Iâ€™ve got the logistics planning down to a tee: Â 1) Book the flight using a deal from Secret Flying or Google Flights,Â 2) Reserve a place to stay from AirBnb or Trip Advisor, and 3) Book a rental car from CarRentalSavers or Costco Travel. Â This model has worked perfectly for the hundreds of times that Iâ€™ve traveled, but this time I wanted to have a more riveting (good) experience, so I took a different route with the rental car.
I heard about a car rental service called Turo, which was described as â€œthe AirBnb for cars.â€ I gave it a try because the traditional car rental companies at LAX airport charged upwards of $350 for an Isetta-sized car. Â I browsed the listings on Turo and saw a beautiful Infiniti Q60 for just $30 a day, so I decided to go for it. Â I should have known that I was in for a riveting (bad) experience when the vehicleâ€™s owner didnâ€™t have a chin in his profile photo.
The flight to LA went swimmingly, except for the part when the pilot wanted to create a more riveting (bad) experience, so he SLAMMED the jet onto the tarmac upon landing, but that okay. Â The Uber ride to the car lot also went perfectly because the Uber driver didnâ€™t try to sell us his mixtape or try to convert us to Scientology. Â But then when we went to the pick up the car from the lot where it was held, the attendant seemed to be very confused about the car’s existence.Â
I told the attendant that I was there for the white Infiniti Q60 and he said â€œwhat Q60?â€ I showed him the confirmation screen, gave him the confirmation number and I even showed him the picture of the chin-less car owner. He said â€œhmmmâ€¦. let me look around.â€ This is when things got riveting (bad).
Attendant: â€œWe donâ€™t have that car.â€
Me: â€œWhereâ€™d it go?â€ Â
Attendant: â€œI donâ€™t know. Â Iâ€™ve never seen it.â€ Â
I immediately called the chin-less man and said â€œwhere can I find the Infiniti Q60 that I rented?â€
Chin-less: “Someone stole my password?â€ Â
Me: â€œI donâ€™t knowâ€¦ where is the car?â€ Â
Chin-less: “My password.â€
Me: “Password to what?â€ Â
Chin-less: “Let me speak to the Turo boy.â€ Â
I assumed that he was talking about the parking lot attendant, so I handed my phone over and they spoke for about 3 minutes. Then the â€œturo boyâ€ hung up and told me â€œsomeone stole his password.â€ Â
Me: â€œWhat does his password have to do with the car?â€ Â
Turo Boy: “I donâ€™t know. Stolen?â€
What does that even mean?!?!
Me: â€œWhereâ€™s the car?â€
Turo Boy: â€œI donâ€™t know, but [the chin-less man] said that he will find another car and bring it to you at 1:30.â€ Â
No wayâ€¦I donâ€™t want him to find me another stolen carâ€¦ I want him to find this car….and his chin.
Instead of causing a riveting (bad) situation for everyone around me, I gently took an Uber to the Budget Car Rental counter and gently rented a compact car for more than twice the price of the stolen car. Â When we walked to the parking lot, we found a gentle, bright red VW Beetle with a smile on its little face, eager to join us on our journey. Â To make this riveting (bad) situation better, I noticed that this little gentle Beetle had “Turbo” written on the back. Â A gentle car with the punch of a turbo!!! Â It reminded me of myself in 7th grade when I was known as the quiet kid but still â€œaccidentallyâ€ punched Sharif in the mouth when he threw me on the ground and hurt my back.
I was annoyed at this riveting (bad) situation, but then we went to In-N-Out and had a riveting (good) burger that immediately dissolved any ounce of upsettedness in my body. That’s when I was able to put things into perspective and realize that God was probably saving me from another disastrous situation with the car since my last run-in with a white Infiniti Q60 ended with me abandoning the car.
I really enjoyed turbo-ing around the town with the Beetle, and I especially liked the fact that I didn’t have to worry about driving around a stolen Infiniti from a shady, chin-less man who can’t keep track of his passwords.
Note: The profile photo that the man used was a photoshopped photo of himself and he doesn’t actually lack a chin. However, I don’t know how I looked at his profile photo and thought “YES! That’s the trustworthy chin-less face that I’d like to rent a car from!”