Sue Woolfe

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Beware the Rental Car Rip Off

by on Nov.27, 2012, under Friends, Life

One of the girls at work just got back from a vacation in Mexico and was warning everyone about how the rental car company tried to rip them off. She and her hubby decided to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday because they would enjoy the time alone with each other a whole lot more than spending time eating bad food at either of their family’s homes.

I tell you what, I wish I had thought of that solution years ago. I can’t tell you how many fucked up thanksgiving dinners I’ve gone to over the years for the sake of “family togetherness.” I think the worst one was when we went to my stepfather’s daughter’s house for a cold meal served on folding tables in her garage. Yes, it was in her fucking garage! And then we had to listen to her husband bitch and whine about how long it took him to totally clear out the garage and box up and moved all his crap to their basement.

Anyway, this rental car company in Mexico have this way of returning cars. You take it back to the airport and get your luggage and shit out of the car and go inside to the counter. They have a guy who drives the car around to a side are where he checks the gas to make sure you filled it with gas or they charge you out the ass for topping off the tank. But we all know this, right? So, they are waiting for the guy to come in and say the gas tank is full and everything is fine and they can pay the bill and go get their flight. But instead, the guy comes in with a funny look on his face and he talks to the clerk behind the counter, who gets a big frown on his face, too.

So my friend is worried why they are looking like that and the clerk announces to her hubby that they have a problem. He says there is no fucking gas cap on the car. Now, they had just filled the car up at the gas station and they know they put the gas cap back on. But the clerk insists that has gone missing – perhaps they mistakenly left it at the gas station? But what the fuck are they supposed to do? They have to catch their flight home and don’t have time to fuck around with this. Even if they were to take the car back to the gas station to see if they left the gas cap there, what’s to say that someone would have taken it from the gas station before they got back? And what’s to say that they even left it there? What if the guy at the rental car place took it off himself and lied about it being missing? What the hell can you do but suck it up and pay the clerk an extra $30 for a gas cap? That’s bullshit! But that’s what they had to do to get home. Rip off!

 

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Is Everyone Having Turkey Tomorrow?

by on Nov.21, 2012, under Good Eats, Life

Unless you are living under a rock or not here in the United States, you know that tomorrow is Thanksgiving and that most of us celebrate the day with a big family dinner that features a roasted turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, and pies for dessert. We carry on this tradition every year to recognize the sacrifices made by our founding fathers and mothers and the hard life they endured while they tried to steal land from the native indians and find a way to grow shit and hunt so that the villagers didn’t starve to death every winter.

I’m not a big fan of history and I’m sure my teacher would be appalled at how I just described Thanksgiving, but I don’t give a fuck. That’s the hard truth and you can dress it up with stories about making friends with indians and shit, but the truth is that white people came to America on ships and started stealing shit from the people who already lived here.

Anyway, I have turkey on my mind. My mom was a big fan of turkey dinners and all the traditional side dishes. She liked to make this green bean casserole that had green beans, mushroom soup and fried onion rings on top. I don’t know what makes that green bean dish so important at Thanksgiving, but it’s a big deal down south. And the proper southern moms will trot that same green bean dish out again for the traditional Christmas dinner, too.

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