Sandra and Donita are finally ready for their cruise to Aruba. All the problems seem to have been solved. They picked up the travel documents which have the airline tickets, hotel reservations and tickets for the ship. They both have their passports. Now they need to get the rental car to drive to Seattle. A friend drives them to the agency, then leaves. The women enter the office.
Sandra: Excuse me; Iíve reserved a car for today.
Here is my driverís license and credit card.
Clerk: Oh yes, Iíve been expecting you. Will you
both be driving the car?
Sandra: No, Iíll be the only driver.
Clerk: And do you need insurance in case of an
Sandra: No, my insurance policy will cover any
damage to the car.
Clerk: (He makes notes on the paper.) Please sign
Sandra: Iíd like to inspect the car before I sign
Clerk: The car is in perfect condition.
Donita: Just sign the paper so we can get going.
There will be a lot of traffic soon.
Sandra: No, itís important to check the condition
of the car. I donít want to get charged for any
damage that wasnít my fault.
They go outside to inspect the car.
Clerk: Hmmm. I didnít notice this dent when the
car was returned. And hereís a scratch.
Donita: Itís a good thing you asked to check it
Sandra: If you will circle the drawing of damage
spots on your paper, I will be glad to sign it.
Clerk: Of course. Hereís the paper and the keys.
When will you be returning it?
Sandra: I made arrangements to return it to the car
rental at the Seattle airport. Do you have
that information? (She signs the paper.)
Clerk: No, I donít. Iíll have to ask my boss about
it. She isnít here yet.
Donita: (Groans.) Another problem! Do you think fate
is trying to keep us from going on this trip?
Sandra: Who else could I talk to about this?
We have a long drive ahead of us and need to
leave soon to avoid all the traffic.
Clerk: Maybe I can find something in your
reservation paperwork. (Looks through file
folder.) Here it is. You are going to leave
the car at our airport office.
Sandra: Yes! We had better get going. Do you have
Clerk: Not at this office. You would have to drive
to the downtown office in Salem to get one.
Donita: Letís stop at triple A on the way. They
have a lot of maps for members. (They go outside
and get in the car.)
Sandra: I could hardly keep from laughing when he
said we would have to drive 20 miles out of our
way to get a map!
Donita: I know! But now the adventure can begin.
Sandra: Maybe we should ďcross our fingersĒ for
good luck? (She laughs.)
Donita: And our arms and legs, too?
Sandra: I donít think I can drive like that!
Eight hours later, they have arrived in Seattle
and returned the car. It has been raining hard
and both women are very tired. An airport shuttle
takes them to the hotel. They make arrangements
for a Ďwake-upĒ call and transportation to the
airport. They have to be at the airport two
hours before the flight leaves.
Donita: Iím tempted to just sleep in my clothes,
since we have to be up at 4:00a.m.
Sandra: Thatís a good idea, and then we donít have
to unpack anything.
Donita: What if the hotel clerk forgets to call us?
Sandra: (Sleepily.) Itís all computerized through
the phone. The computer wonít forget. Night.
Donita: O.K. Iíll try to relax until tomorrow.
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