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!

It’s been a while

It’s been a long while since I’ve blogged. I’ve been busy and yet not doing anything much at all. It’s tough after so long to get back into this.

Things with Calvin and I have been great. I’ve been visiting him every month and he spent the whole summer here. But at the same time, things have not been so great. After a year of dating (tomorrow) he still doesn’t trust me at all to do anything. It puts a huge amount of stress on our relationship and I’ve thought about breaking up a few times already with him. Not a good sign.

I met this guy Hut who’s fun to hang out with, he loves climbing, hiking, etc. So I’ve been spending a lot of time with him. Calvin is of course very jealous and it’s been causing lots of problems. Every time I want to hang out with him we have to have a 30+ minute “talk” about his problems and concerns with me hanging out with Hut. It’s very annoying.

I admit I was like that for a while with him hanging out with this “Francious” guy. But I quickly got over it and now whenever he tells me they are going to hang out I just say “Ok baby, hope you have fun”. And I don’t drag it out the way Calvin does.

Calvin also is very snoopy. A while back I was at his house and he snooped through my txt messages on my phone. The next time I saw him I locked my phone with a much longer password to prevent this. But it still didn’t stop him from snooping. We were sitting in bed one night and I got up to pee. He snooped through my facebook messages while I was gone. And then lied to me when I confronted him about it.

IF anything, who is the one who cannot be trusted? He’s the one snooping and lying to me. He’s the one who is going out to bars without telling me about it. I haven’t done any of that. The worst I have done is to “flirt” with other guys via txt/facebook. Yes, I admit, not the smartest or best thing to do. But also not something that should “break all trust” we have built.

He has serious issues with trusting me.

I’m going to visit him in 2 weeks for american Thanksgiving. Then he and his whole family is coming here for Christmas. I hope we can make it that long.

Enough about him.

Other things that have been up, I’ve been to a bathhouse now. Three times. All with calvin. It was very interesting each time. I sort of really enjoy it and really hate it at the same time. THe last time was the best. We were in the hot tub and there were these two really hot guys having sex next to us.

I went to china. Spent almost a whole month there. Best trip experience of my life. I had so much fun. So much happened there that it’s almost impossible to recount to late after it happened, but we visited 7 cities in 21 days.

Work has been exciting and yet boring all at the same time. I completed that project, got my bonus. But since then it’s been maint and nothing new has really happened. I honestly spend 90% of my time answering the same questions over and over again. I could sit at home and do nothing for most of the day and still be ahead on all my work. Carl has basically said they want to hire me sometime in the next 6 months. We shall see if that comes to fruition. I would love to have a new job like that but at the same time, that company seems so disorganized and out of it that I’m not sure I could deal with it.

Our CEO died and our sales manager is the new boss around here. So far nothing major has changed but will be interesting to see what happens. I don’t think he has the same vision that our CEO had so I fear the company will become stagnant. There have been a lot of changes internally regarding structure, but nothing much else has changed.

I’m going to try and start updating more often again…