That's allowed right? It is Monday right? People are entitled to vent on Mondays? Actually, this is my blog, I can vent about whatever I want, whenever I want. Really shouldn't be during work hours though, but hell ... So my daughter turns 13 on Saturday. And my car is still broken. It makes it from A to B easy enough, but to C then D then E etc, not so much. And I can't take it on the highway if it's already been running for 30 minutes. Other than that, he runs great. Buy a new car already? Sorry, no can do. I've been watching my budget for the last few months since I got the bad news that the car was sick and was so hoping to get a new car. Unfortunately, I can't quite afford it. Technically, I can afford it, but I'll be scrimping on stuff that I don't want to scrimp on. Maybe scrap my movie channels, maybe my black berry data package, or worse ... fire my cleaners, quit smoking, or grow my beaver hair out ... and screw that. I work hard for my money, ok I work for my money and I strongly believe it is my right to spend it on what I chose. I could pay someone to suck on my toes if I damn well feel like it. So, all that being said. I am going to throw as little money as I can absolutely get away with to get my car back in decent condition. And then wait it out. I've had so much bad car luck that a building would fall on my brand new car with warranty and it would get totalled anyway, so back to square one ... finding a cheap, I mean, inexpensive transmission and bumper for my car. My dilema and what it has to do with my daughters birthday? Well I have 6 kids to drop off at Calaway Park on Saturday. Then I have to drive back home to fix up the basement for her surprise .... nothing like handing that privacy over to a 13 year old girl just in time for unsupervised summers, but good thing I was a bad-ass teenager because I know better and the first thing getting done down there are the bars on the windows! Second thing, security cameras that I will be able to watch from work. Ok, I'm not that crazy ... more like, I don't have that much money to spare, but the bars are as far as it goes. Anyway, after the giant rotters are hyped up on cotton candy and sick from the rides, I have to get them all back to my house for a sleepover. Not wanting to bother anyone with sharing this daunting task (have you ever been in a vehicle with a bunch of teenage girls) and not being able to fit 7 people in my lil car that wont make four 30-mile trips, I am renting a mini-van. I'm already saving half-price on the admission for 6 kids at the park by finding an on-line coupon, am making them pay for their own food while they are at the park (OH YES I AM!), and saving even more money by serving no-name hot dogs without buns, water, and crackers for the sleepover for that night. Oh yeah, did I mention I am allowing SIX ... yes 6 teenagers to sleep at my house Saturday night. It's all good though, there's a drain and a sink in the laundry room with a door if they need to use the washroom, there will be new bars on the windows, and I can just push the couch up against the basement door so they can't get up. Then I can sit in the garage smoking and drinking until I'm sure they are asleep. So, yes, I can afford to fork out the cash to rent a mini-van for the day. Now ... after all that build up to my vent, I don't even care about it anymore. But will share anyway. Enterprise, who I've used often in the last few years and even dropped a crappy little Accent off to them this morning, would not reduce the amount of the mini-van rental to what I had just seen on-line. JUST seen, like seconds before calling them. It went up by more than $20 dollars in seconds .. seriously wtf? And they wouldn't lower it. I'm loyal to places I like, so I booked the damn thing anyway, then went on an internet search for a better deal. Which I found at Avis. $3 less than the original price I found at Enterprise. And because I did some slight trash talking of Enterprise, just across the street from them, they lowered it a further $7. For a total difference of close to $25. I booked with Avis and called Enterprise back to cancel and tell them why and they said OK, thanks for calling and let me go. Wtf!? Way to keep your loyal customers coming back! Whatever.