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A roller coaster evening
I'm wiped out, so a quick summary. I left the office around 17:30 and raced home to meet miashell who was waiting for me. We jumped in my car and shot off towards the Sunset Grill & Tap in Allston for the TiVo meet up dinner. Traffic was a bit of a hassle, but not too bad. We got there just on time and I even found a parking space. But as I was walking away from the car I noticed a No Parking - Tow Zone sign lurking behind a tree. Yep, I was parked in a bus stop - even though there were parking stripes painted on the road. *sigh* So after the group was seated I ran out to move my car. I drove all over and could not find one space, so I gave up and parked in the lot for the liquor store on the corner. Customers only - others will be towed. OK, so I ran in and bought some beer and put it in the backseat to be a customer, I thought that was fair. I knew it was a calculated risk.

Dinner was good, and I tried the Sam Adams Utopias - DAMN that's good stuff. We also got a mead sampler and all around a good time was had. We left and walked back to my car, which was there. We put miashell's leftovers in the back and I decided to go in and see if the store had Utopias. They did - $249.99 for 750ml. I ALMOST bought it, but decided to think about it. Went outside - and my car is gone. She noticed it hanging from a tow truck just on the street, so I ran to the truck and told the guy it was my car and I was just in the store. OK, so I could have my car back - if I paid the $110. At least I wouldn't have to go find it in impound somewhere.

Oh, and running for the truck my Treo left my hip and landed in the street - and got run over. Amazingly little damage - except the screen is shattered and only partly usable. So that's another ~$200 out of warranty repair. I just filled out the forms for that. And the case clip was lost in the process, so that's another $30 order for the new case.

Overall a good night, but I restrained myself from spending $250 on a bottle of good beer (more like a liquor, really nice stuff), only to spend ~$340 on getting my car back and replacing my backup brain aka Treo. Trying not to do the 'what if' thing. If I hadn't have gone to check on the Utopias we would've been in the car and gone - no tow, no dropped phone. If miashell had stayed with the car instead of going in with me, which she considered, likely no tow... But that's not how it went. Oh well. It is just *stuff*, it is replaceable and while I don't like spending the money it isn't going to kill me. So I'm going to go cuddle and enjoy the rest of the night and try not stress any more.

Eris, did I do something to piss you off?

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Current Location: 42.30894N 71.79531W
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Current Media: Michelle breathing in her sleep

stormcrow42 From: stormcrow42 Date: August 12th, 2006 05:28 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I'd go back to the liquor store and demand repayment for the towing fee. You were a customer after all. My wife's car was once towed from a parking lot near a Starbucks despite the fact that the Starbucks had a note on the door saying it was okay to park there after X hour. I had to climb a few levels of management, but I did get them to reimburse me for the towing charge.

In any case, tow-away operators seem to be some of the slimiest tow truck drivers out there. The ones I dealt with insisted on cash (although I did get a hand-written receipt) and got positively hostile when I started taking photos of the cracked windshield of a friend's car that had been towed at the same time (it turned out that the windshield had been cracked before the car was towed).
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: August 12th, 2006 06:22 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Honestly the car doesn't bother me so much - $110 and I got it back immediately. And I was parked there for like 2.5 hours total, from ~19:30 to ~22:00. And I knew I was risking a tow. So, frankly, it's a fair cop. I took a calculated risk and lost.

I'm mostly pissed that I came -><- this close to getting away with it, if not for the couple of minutes I spent popping into the store again. If I'd just left I would've been gone before the tow. The guy did want cash, which is how I paid him.

The Treo really bugs me because I use it for everything and it is going to cost me twice what the tow did.
miashell From: miashell Date: August 12th, 2006 08:54 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
You forgot to mention the "parking only while in the store" part of the sign, hun... :P
Glad I can be here to help you de-stress. ;)