We left Thursday, came back Sunday evening. Son and girlfriend came with us (more about that in the house blog post). His girlfriend actually drove out on Wednesday and we met up with son on Thursday and he followed us or we followed him, depending on who was in the lead. I got to drive with him for a big part of the trip; good to have a chance to talk with him for a long period of time.
Of course one of the things we had to do when in San Diego was visit a favorite store of ours.
In addition to taking care of stuff regarding the house, the other intent of the trip was to go to the San Diego Fair because hubby's brother was going to be performing there on one of the stages (I think there's about four or five small stages for different acts).
Hadn't been to the fair since the kids were little, pre 9/11 days. Days when they didn't check your purse or have you go through a metal detector. I appreciate the safety though hubby had to throw away a pocket knife since they weren't allowed in to the fair (no weapons of any kind). We could have gone back to the car and left it there but hubby didn't want to. But interestingly Cutco sold knives at the fair......Not sure if you got to take the knife or if they mailed it to you if you bought one.
The fair was the fair. Typical displays of things and everything expensive. Not sure how a family could do the fair unless they took out a small loan.
This is the sign for the entertainment on the stage hubby's brother was performing on . Its a bit blurred but maybe that's good for privacy :)
We enjoyed the time there seeing family and a few friends. Ate too much but don't most people on vacation?
We rented a car for the trip. Our cars are older and need a bit of work so we didn't want to put on that many miles on them or risk them breaking down. Eventually we'll be buying a new car this year but in the meantime if we are going on long adventures, we rent a car.
We've been renting from Enterprise and have had great experiences with them. Usually hubby will get the full insurance they offer that if anything happens to the car we aren't liable. This time we checked into our auto insurance policy and they would cover a rental car plus we have a credit card that as one of its rewards if you use it for renting a car and get into an accident, they'll cover what your auto insurance doesn't. So we thought we were covered and didn't take the insurance offered by Enterprise. We picked up the car Wednesday night, thought everything looked good on it.
And then Friday morning we saw this.
Looked like someone had hit the left back bumper area when they pulled into a parking space. We thought "oh great" the one time we don't take that insurance. We knew we would have to pay the deductible for our auto insurance and might get it back. Of course the deductible was more than the car insurance would have been through Enterprise. We thought "okay, lesson learned, we will deal with it when we get home."
Turned in the car Sunday night when we got home. Enterprise was closed, but we just dropped off the keys in their drop box. Hubby called them this morning to report the damage to the car and to see what the next step was......
.......and then they told him "oh, we already knew about this damage." It wasn't us. We weren't liable. Usually they do a thorough walk around with the customer before you get the car. They did, but it was at the end of a long day for them. They missed telling us this, we missed seeing it (perhaps the way the sun wasn't shining on it). Whatever, it worked out. We aren't responsible for it because it didn't happen during the time of our rental period.
However, lesson learned. We are going to get their car insurance the next time. Its worth the little bit daily to pay for that piece of mind.
Anyway, I'm back. I didn't read all the blogs you guys wrote during my absence, but tried to read as many as I could.
Probably Thursday night I'll do the blog post about the house.