Two Months In…

Well, it’s been about two months since the big move and honestly, I’m really regretting it. I wish I had just stayed in my house in Tri-Cities and done the whole funemployment for a while and waited for a better job to come along.

The move went fine, I am staying in a rental house for now. I tried to put offers on a bunch of houses down here but I just kept getting out bid and the fact that the houses are JUNK and asking $500k is just annoying. Most of the stuff around here was built in the 70’s and 80’s and hasn’t been updated since. So you’re spending $500k and need to spend another $100k to bring it up to date.

I was hoping that by moving back here I would get back in touch with the climbing people that I used to really enjoy hanging out with. Tim, Leo, Mike, etc. Unfortunately, none of them seem to either A) Care or B) Know that I’m here. I know for sure that Tim does, I’ve made hints about hanging out but he never follows through or does actually hang out with me. I messaged Mike and no reply. I haven’t really tried to message anyone else. I’ve gone on two dates since arriving here but neither one of them really hit my fancy. So I’m still just spending more time sitting at home, walking astra and being a fucking bitch.

I still think about Calvin every day and wonder if it was the right or wrong thing to do. What would have been, what could have been. If there’s still a chance for something to be.

I am starting a new business venture. Explore More California. I bought a trailer and am renting it out. I’m hoping that my first rental will be this weekend. We shall see if it comes to fruition.

Jason is really annoying me again lately. He keeps telling me that we’re such great friends, that I mean so much to him. But then his actions speak louder then words. IE after my old job was over we had been talking for MONTHS about going to Palm Springs for a long weekend and just chilling and hanging out. Literally the week before he changes his mind that he can’t go because suddenly some other trip came up. But yet he was able to go to a bachelor party in New Orleans, go to a wedding in Los Angeles and go on a fucking two week trip to Russia. Then last weekend for July 4th, I asked him to come down for the 4 day weekend to hang out and go camping in my new trailer. He complained that the drive was too long (5.5 hours, exactly half way). Then this AM he sends me a text at 5am saying “really random, but road trip to Idaho”… Which is, you guessed it, 5.5 hours from him. He does this to me over and over and over again and it’s really annoying. He’s supposed to be my “best friend”, that I mean so much to him but yet coming to visit for a 4 day weekend is too much driving but going to Idaho for a 2 day weekend is fine? Makes no fucking sense.

Maybe there’s something wrong with me as I don’t really understand why I don’t seem to have any friends. I used to have this huge group of friends that I went hiking and climbing with and then we just sort of fell out, since then I’ve been on this downhill slide of friends and people I talk too.

The job is the job.. I’m already frustrated with it. The CEO is rudderless and changes direction constantly and can’t keep focused on one thing. When I interviewed I was told I would have an office and when I showed up for my first day I was given a cubicle RIGHT in the middle of the office area. I’m making less money now then I was 3 years ago working in LA and cost of living here is WAY higher then LA. And when I interviewed I made it clear that I was NOT going to be fixing “printer” problems or “my monitor doesn’t work” or “i need email setup on my iPhone” and guess what I am doing. I am too fucking far in my career to be fixing your monitor which you are too stupid to figure out came unplugged from the wall.

Vert Top Rebuild

SO the vert top is partially back together… Got one side done and took me 3 hours….

It was a lot tougher to put back together because of the powder coating, I didn’t realize how much thickness that would add.

Folded

Extended

Only a few extra parts, mostly washers that wouldn’t fit on the bolts because of the added thickness.
Extra Parts

I sure hope it’s right!

How AAA Left us to Die.

This past weekend I took a trip to Death Valley and ended up with two flat tires just outside of Scotty’s Castle. We made it to a park ranger station called “Grapevine ranger station”.

Thankfully there was a pay phone located at this ranger station, which is miles from anywhere and along one of the least traveled roads in Death Valley. I pulled out my trusty AAA card and gave the number a ring.

Got a helpful lady on the phone and told her that we were at the Grapevine ranger station, I made sure to tell her we didn’t have cell service and that we were at a pay phone which didn’t accept incoming calls. I explained to her that we were parked at the ranger station, that we had two flat tires, that I was driving a 2013 Jeep Liberty which was silver.

She said there was a tow truck 45 minutes away and that she was dispatching it right then. I was relieved that again AAA would be so handy to have and that we’d be saved in a quick 45 minutes. We started discussing our options of where to be towed too. I explained to her that the closest city was Beatty, NV. About 60 miles away. She told me that since we were calling the SoCal AAA that she would have to transfer us to the Nevada group and they could find us a shop then transfer us back to the SoCal group and they could update the driver with that information.

Great! No problem. Seemed so easy. She transfered me right over and I talked to another very helpful person in the NV call center. She explained that they didn’t have any shops in Beatty, but thankfully she was able to google the city and find me a 24 hour tire shop! Things were really looking up! 24 hour tire shop, everyone being so helpful the tow truck was already on the way!! I asked her to transfer me back to SoCal so I could give them the information.

I got back to SoCal and that’s when things started to go down hill. The person we talked to now said that our truck has been cancelled because they couldn’t reach us. I explained to her again, we were at a pay phone and could NOT accept incoming calls. I again gave her our exact location and she looked it up. Then she said “Oh you are not in SoCal, i have to transfer you to Northern California”. Great, what the hell. She transfered me over and we had to REPEAT EVERYTHING.

AGain they said they knew where we were and that a tow truck was on it’s way. I hung up and waited 10 minutes, then called back just to confirm. Again the truck was cancelled because we apparently gave them the “wrong address”. I’m not sure how much more detailed I could have been, we were a the grapevine ranger station on scotty’s castle road just south of scotty’s castle. If you knew how to google you would easily know where we were.

At this point, the exact details get a little confusing for me. But over the next 5 hours we called back countless times, we talked to countless people and talked to two different supervisors.

One person even argued with me that I was in Nevada and I have to argue with her that “No, Death valley is IN CALiFORNIA”. I know where I am exactly, why was this so difficult for them to find out where I was.

Another person said they were going to send a tow truck from BISHOP, then transport us back to independence a 3 hour drive EACH WAY.

Another person we talked to insisted that we WERE already in independence and that a truck was coming from bishop.

EACH and every time I called in I had to explain to them over and over again that we didn’t have cell phones and that we were at a pay phone.

It seemed as those NONE of the people we talked to put that in the notes, NONE of the people we talked to seemed to know what the problem was with our vehicle.

Finally around 11pm someone finally realized that a company from NV had been trying to contact us since we FIRST talked to the NV AAA group at around 7:45pm. They patched us through directly to the tow company to confirm our location and get the driver on the way.

This is not the type of service I expect from AAA, we felt abandoned and helpless, in the middle of death valley, in the 5 hours we were on the side of the road we only saw ONE other car the entire time.

AAA was unable to communicate between each other, they were unable to take notes and ended up costing us hours and hours of time, we had to get a hotel in a city that we weren’t even expecting to be in.

Had someone READ the notes that this NV tow company was actually trying to contact us we could have had a tow by 10pm, got our tires fixed and been on our way. Instead we didn’t get to Beatty, NV until nearly 2am and ended up having to get a hotel.

This was a horrible horrible experience and an example of some of the worst customer service I have ever had.

CLASSIC CARS OF HUNTINGTON

I’ve been looking for a 1970 Torino Convt for a while now. I found one on ebay from this dealer in WV:

Classic Cars of Huntington, Chuck Runyon , srnyn924r, 304-633-7768

We had exchanged emails, phone calls, etc I had money IN HAND ready to send to him…. Well.

I had cash in hand to buy a car long distance and had an inspection service to go out and look at the car AT MY EXPENSE. He REFUSED to let them drive the car at all, refused to have HIM drive the car and them ride in it.

How can you sell a car and not allow someone to test drive it! That’s crazy.

This guy is clearly a scam and doesn’t actually want any money. I was ready to pop on this car!

DO NOT BUY FROM THIS GUY. SCAM!