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05 January 2009 @ 11:17 am
larry, panda, dipak, and todd go to the bay  
I posted a bit before, but here is the whole story. So, I posted a rideshare offer for Sunday afternoon after Anime Los Angeles. One guy and a puppy wanted a ride, and another guy responded too before I deleted the post, and everyone agreed that taking them all would be fine. One needed a ride to BART, the other to Mountain view.

We fueled up near LAX and hit the road. We stopped at Flying J in Frasier Park for restroom use and snacks. On the way out, I noticed the battery light came on, but then it went off again right away, so I figured it was probably nothing.

Around Kettleman City, the light came on again. I unplugged my phone charger. Just before Coalinga, the stereo turned itself off. We made it about 20 miles further, with only the lights on, and they were dim. Then finally it refused to go any further. We coasted to a stop with a good view of the sign that tells you you're 53 miles from highway 152.

Thankfully I had recently upgraded my AAA service from Plus to Premiere: Of the three possible free tows per year, one can be up to 200 miles, and the other two can be up to 100 miles. I looked it up, and Coalinga to Sunnyvale is about 160 miles. Score.

I called my good friend cheeseboy and asked about borrowing a car. He and cheesybunny are in Portland, but his friend Ken had a key to a truck I could borrow. Ken in fact dropped off the truck and hid the key, so it was there and ready to go when we got there! cheeseboy also warned me that the registration is overdue, but said he had sent the check in and just hadn't gotten the stickers back yet.

The tow truck took about a half hour to get there. In that time, all four of us relieved our bladders by the side of interstate 5. Sadly, that tow truck could only take us as far as 152, and the next truck would take us to Sunnyvale.

Somehow the communication among towing companies and AAA wasn't as excellent as it should have been. We had to wait 35 minutes at a gas station in Gustine, just 3 miles down 152. Dipak and I hung out in the store, while Larry and Panda walked around outside, Panda wearing a red sweater with hood and looking a bit like Santa Claus. Finally the nice store clerk had to close the store, so we went out into the cold, but then there was the tow truck within a few minutes.

The first tow truck had a nice big cab, as I'd requested from AAA, that could hold us all. The second tow truck was standard sized, meaning someone would have to ride in my car, which would be cold. Larry sat back there, with Panda in his jacket. We checked on him in Gilroy, but he was fine.

It was well after midnight when we got to the mechanic's place. I dropped off the car, and we dug out some space for Dipak, put their stuff in the truck bed, and headed off. Dipak's place wasn't far away. However, Larry had planned on taking BART to El Cerrito Plaza, a station I know well. BART had stopped running. I texted cheesybunny and asked if I could stay at her place in Berkeley (much closer to El Cerrito than San Jose), and she said yes! :D I also grabbed my other keychain so I could get in.

On the way out of Mountain View, we got pulled over on 85 just before 101, for the expired registration. Thankfully, I explained that I was borrowing the car, and explained briefly why when the officer asked, and that the registration check had been sent, and he believed us and let us go.

I took Larry to El Cerrito, down a narrow street that felt really small in the truck. He gave me a little extra gas money, which was nice. I got to cheesybunny's house, and the bottom lock, the non-deadbolt, was mysteriously locked. It was at this point where I became a bit dejected. I called a motel in San Mateo, and they charged $60 plus tax. Ugh. I finally used my Marriott hotel key on the lesser lock. Win.

I set my alarm on my phone for 7am without taking it out of vibrate mode and slept from about 3am to 9am. Oops. I called work, then remembered I needed cat food. I picked up the right cat food in Berkeley on my way out, took side streets to avoid 80 which looked horrible, and then got stuck in a nasty traffic jam with no apparent accident on 880. I got to work at 10:45am.

I remember I told the second tow truck driver it's the first time I've made it home from LA on one tank of gas. Actually though, I did have to fill up the truck. :)

Thanks to Tim and Jerry, the tow truck drivers, cheeseboy, cheesybunny, Ken, Panda, Larry, Dipak, and Kuldip the store clerk.
Hein: azumangafub on January 5th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
Whoa, that was quite the adventure! I'm glad it all worked out, though, and that you had some company.
ashi: arrrr!ashi on January 5th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
I forgot to mention getting pulled over for truck's expired registration. Luckily the officer believed me that registration check is in the mail.
Hein: Kashira? Kashira? Gozonji Kashira?fub on January 5th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
Either he believed you... or he felt so sorry for you he didn't want to give you any more hassle. :)

Edited at 2009-01-05 09:23 pm (UTC)
ashi: ai-khan!!!ashi on January 5th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
I only explained that my car had broken down a bit north of Coalinga when he asked why I needed to borrow the car.

He also said he'd thought it said the plates had expired in October, but when he approached, he noticed it was actually December, which isn't that long ago.
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ashi: arrrr!ashi on January 5th, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
Edited to include the part about getting pulled over for the truck's expired registration. :)
TJcheeseboy on January 6th, 2009 09:39 am (UTC)
I'm actually cheeseboy
ashi: arrrr!ashi on January 6th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
Oops! Fixed.

*clicks on rugrat out of curiosity*
Debbiecheesybunny on January 6th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
My landlord had been at my house a few days ago, so that would explain why that lock was locked. It doesn't really lock though, which is why I don't use it. Once the deadbolt is open and if the other lock is locked you can usually just push on the door firmly and it will open, but I guess you figured it out.

How were my cat's food and water levels btw?
ashi: juuni kokkiashi on January 6th, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
Push it firmly? That would have been good to know. :)
Plenty of food and water. Didn't see Arlene at all, but didn't expect to.
Lauralorikitty on January 7th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
quite an adventure.
nothing like being perpetually optimistic, huh?
glad you made it home okay!
ashi: cat6 diagramashi on January 7th, 2009 04:42 am (UTC)
I'm a bit below perpetually optimistic, but my first reaction to trouble tends to be: Hmm, that's odd. What do we do now?

I felt kind of bad having to tell them there was something wrong with my car, but these things happen, right? I had brought it in just a few weeks before for major service too. They were informed something was odd well before it conked out completely.
Lauralorikitty on January 7th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
so rugrat is actually beccity98
she's married now and just got fired from BofA (and I really hate BofA, so that's a good thing!) She's also very religious.
wow, I feel like a stalker.
ashi: kasumiashi on January 7th, 2009 05:35 am (UTC)
Wow, how interesting. Her firing story was well written.
Lauralorikitty on January 7th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
she seems like a pretty lonely lady, mainly because some of her entries indicate somewhere that she doesn't know why she's writing this because nobody'll read it.
ashi: ai-khan!!!ashi on January 19th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
Look, rugrat commented. :)
Lauralorikitty on January 19th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
so how creepy are we (or me, anyway) xD
ashi: give wayashi on January 19th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
Heh, Google is habit-forming. Sometimes I'll be driving or out doing whatever and I'll think of a phrase that might turn up interesting results.

I've also tracked down a few old friends rather easily. I think it just takes practice. I guess to some people it would look a bit stalkerish. :)
Rebecca Rosariorugrat on January 19th, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC)
Hello, it's me, rugrat/beccity98. Couple Questions:

Ashi: Why would you click on my username?

Lorikitty, How did you find my other blog? (BTW, it was WaMu)

Thanks for looking, I'm just a little confused!

Thanks for the compliment, Ashi! I always think I'm babbling.

And Yes, I come off as lonely, no one really notices me, even in family gatherings, but I don't think I'd be all that interesting if you did notice and talk to me as I'm very socially retarded and never know what to do or say.

Check out my facebook page, too!

ashi: arrrr!ashi on January 19th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
cheeseboy used the nickname "rugrat" a few other places before LiveJournal. I must have slipped back to the old nickname while posting. He corrected me with a comment, but I looked to see who was rugrat on LJ out of curiosity.

Plenty of my friends are at least socially awkward. :)

Take care.

Lauralorikitty on January 19th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
I found your yahoo username and used google extensively. I'm in tech support, so google is one of my best friends =-.0= Didn't think there'd be many people using beccity98, and I found a bunch of your pages by googling it. lorikitty is less common, I believe there's only one other lorikitty and she posts on poetry pages (my poetry's all on deviantart and is way emo)

anyway, I'm sick and babbling cause of the stupid fuzz-brain syndrome
Lauralorikitty on January 19th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
and that sucks! I like wamu!!
how come they were jerks to you?
I went to BofA and they were complete assholes and didn't tell me they'd charge me $5 to cash my company's check JUST because I wasn't a BofA user. They told me AFTER they'd stuck my fingerprint and some other writing all over it, and I couldn't very well take the check elsewhere after that could I?
ashi: charyb-deskashi on January 19th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
And your cat is cute. Aww kitties.
Lauralorikitty on January 19th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
we like kitties :)
some of us are kitties too
Rebecca Rosariorugrat on January 19th, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks guys! I haven't been on LJ for so long, but wordpress has a thingy that shows where people have linked to my blog from, so that's how I found this. That day, I had 15 people see my blog!! I think that was the most ever in one day!

I just recently transferred to that branch at wamu, and I had problems with them from the start. I think I blogged a few times on wordpress. (I started a wordpress because I could blog while at work, all the other sites, like LJ here, myspace, facebook and blogspot were all blocked by wamu.) I think they were looking for a reason to fire me because I was too smart for my own good-I knew my rights as a working citizen better than most and was about to call them on several things. I also rathered working on my own instead of having someone hanging over my shoulder every second, second-guessing every. single. thing. I was doing.

I actually have four cats. One has a myspace, and one has a twitter. I'm thinking of creating a facebook photo album for one titled "The Misadventures of Master Loki," as he likes to get himself into trouble! I have lots of pics on my myspace- my username is beccity98, as it is for nearly everything.
Lauralorikitty on January 19th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
prolly cause of that link, or cause I kept going back to your blog?
aren't stats fun :P
can you see the referal too? (google or LJ) ??
Rebecca Rosariorugrat on January 19th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
It brought me straight to this post-I had to scroll down to see why- at first I was looking to see if I was in the actual blog post.