On Vacation

October 22nd, 2006

We are in Los Angels, enjoying a much needed vacation. Kevin has meetings to go to on Monday and Tuesday so technically only half of his time is vacation but meetings in L.A. where it is 80 degrees is much better than a conference call from Minnesota.

This is our first major family vacation. And here’s how things have been going so far:

Our flight left MN at 7:10 p.m. which meant we got Lexi up from her nap around 4:30, went to the airport, made it through security without any issues (expect for Kevin forgetting to take his cell phone and camera out of his pocket), fed Lexi dinner, and boarded the plane. The flight was really full except for 3 seats and lucky for us one of those empty seats was in our row. That meant instead of having to hold Lexi all the way to L.A. she could sit in her own seat and play with a pile of toys. Which she did. Then we hit turbulence which made my ears pop and Lexi scream – I’m assuming her ears popped as well – this was around 9:00 p.m. (Okay, quick break in the story to explain something. On a normal day, Lexi takes a nap after being awake for 2 maybe 3 hours. When we hit turbulence she had been awake for 4 and a half hours. Her bed time is normally between 7:30 and 8:00. And the girl values her sleep. So when she misses it, she is crabby.) So around 9:00 she had a total meltdown. All out screaming, not wanting to nurse or take a bottle, pushing toys away, etc. To me it felt like it lasted forever, but really it only lasted about 3 or 4 minutes. Then we just decided to set her in her seat with her blanket and hoped she would go to sleep. She did. And she didn’t wake up until we were starting to land. We landed in L.A. around 9:00 p.m. L.A. time – 11:p.m. Minnesota time.

We picked up our luggage (which was in the first 10 bags off the plane – YAY) and headed to the rental car place. We checked in at the rental car place and they told us to go out to the compact car row and pick any of the cars to take. Well, we walked to the row and there were no cars. There were also no cars in the economy, mid-size, or full-size rows. There were just a bunch of people standing around waiting for cars to be brought up to the lot. Apparently they were behind in cleaning the cars or something so they were bring them up one by one. Normally, I’m not too bothered by stuff like this. I understand that it happens. But by the time we finally got our car I was so irritated with Alamo that I wanted to run the manager over with our car. Here’s what pushed me from being a little frustrated to furious with them:

1. When they brought the cars up they came tearing out of the garage – tires squealing, driving 80 miles/hour and would whip into a parking spot, hand the keys to the closest customer and then wander back to the garage. First of all, if you have to drive the cars that fast shouldn’t you also be running back to the garage to get the next car? Second, why no apology to the customer for having to wait.

2. The manager came out to where all the people were waiting, twice, and both times people tried to talk to him about what was going on. He blew them all off and then went and talked to his staff. He never once came over to where all the people were waiting to explain what was going on or apologize for the wait.

3. When we finally got our car (which because of all the confusion ended up being a Toyota Rav4 instead of a compact car) and leaving the lot, the manager was standing at the exit gate checking everyone’s paper work. When it was our turn he was really rude when talking to us and never apologized for the wait.

Moral of the story. Don’t rent from Alamo.

Okay, so moving on, we are staying at the Radisson Hotel. Pretty sweet deal from Priceline. We have a decent sized room but the beds are sleepnumber beds. They aren’t as great as the commercials make them sound, but the remotes are really fun to play with while you are lying in bed. Lexi enjoys trying to find her sleep number. The beds also have down comforters, not those scratchy, yucky hotel comforters that everywhere else seems to have so that’s fun. Our closet door is a full length mirror which Lexi thinks is great fun. And the crib they gave us fits inside the closet so Lexi can take a nap or go to bed early and we don’t have to just sit in the dark and let her sleep.

When we got to the hotel and got settled it was past 11:30, which meant past 1:30 MN time. Lexi had just gone to bed. This meant that she went from 4:30 to 1:30 with only an hour nap in there. We were pretty impressed with how good she was.

Update: Apparently the rude guy at Alamo wasn’t a manager. He was just an employee. I was confused because unlike the other employees who were wearing polo shirts, he was wearing a shirt and tie. Regardless of his title, he was still rude.

2 Responses to “On Vacation”

  1. tpy on October 22, 2006 9:02 am

    I have always been seduced by the sleep number beds and am curious what number I am. Haveyou found your perfect number yet?

    Lexi sounds like she did great. Except, maybe you shouldn’t brag that your baby fits in the closet… :)

    Have a fun vacation, nicole

  2. abby on October 22, 2006 10:11 am

    Don’t worry, the closet door is open…

    Haven’t found my perfect sleep number yet. I’ve been trying them on different numbers. The first night I slept on a 15 (that sort of feels like a waterbed) last night I think it was a 45. Tonight maybe I’ll set it around 80 or something.

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