As I mentioned yesterday, Ben and I were hoping to get a call from the dealership today so that we could go get our new car. What I really needed was the new car this morning - when it was raining torrentially. Betty II (yes, we name our vehicles and have just continued to apply the Betty name to all of the ones I drive) stalled once on the way in and sputtered a number of times. You better believe that I was hoping for that call from the dealership all the more! (Ben couldn't drive me in this morning because he had to drive down to northern Illinois for work. And he made me call him when I made it to work because he was afraid I might not make it. That's how bad things had gotten with Betty II.)
Well... we finally called the dealership because they didn't call us. Apparently the vehicle was there, but the running boards weren't installed (Ben thought this would be a nice option for me and for when we get a roof rack for the bikes). Because Ben leaves tomorrow, and we were pretty sure that he needed to sign some of the paperwork (which he did), we really wanted to get it today rather than waiting until we were both back from reunion.
Ben suggested to the dealer that we just pick up the vehicle today and schedule a time to get the running boards added later, which the dealership was amenable to, thankfully (heck - if the economy's so bad and American car makers are having a tough time of it, you'd certainly think that they'd want to be doing whatever they could to get these things off of the lot!).
So here she is - in our driveway! Vista Blue. Sunroof and satellite radio. Automatic (what a change!). Ours with just 42 miles on it. Poor Betty II has to sit outside until we figure out where exactly she is going. Anyone want a car that doesn't like the rain?