Thursday, June 01, 2006

Steal this Car

I returned my rental car yesterday and picked up a new one today. Let's just say that the one Hillel rents for me is nicer than the one I rented for myself. The new one is clean, it drives, it has a CD player (for the one CD I have with me), but it's definitely not the work rental. And while I read as much as I could in advance, on-line about the restrictions that come with this rental (no driving through Palestinian territory, for example), there was nothing about the additional fees that were associated with taking Road 6 - the first toll road in Israel. It's a really fast way to get up North and when we rent from Hertz (with work), I know that it costs an additional few shekels for them to process the toll. But with Budget, it's $10! That's ridiculous. So my travel to Afula for the weekend will take a little longer than expected. Not horrible at all - I'm not in a rush, but just annoying.

Also, there's a whole complicated process involved in starting the car. You would think that you could just turn the key. You can, but the car won't start. You turn the key two clicks to the right (to "on", but not "start"), press the button on the keychain 4 times, turn it back one click, and then forward two to "start". Seriously.

I rented the car so I could drive up to Afula to see cousins - Steve, Galit and their kids. A few of my friends are incredulous that I would deign to spend Shavuot outside of Jerusalem (where it's supposed to be pretty cool), but this will be much better.

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