I never felt like I wanted much out of life. Healthy children..a happy marriage..a job that pays the bills. Other than that, I have settled into a life somewhere between getting by and having a few extra nice things. Then we landed in Orlando. Our cruise was leaving out of Port Canaveral. For those of you who are like me who is pretty much Florida illiterate…that is about a forty five minute drive. We found the cheapest way to get from point A to B was to rent a car. So we found a cheap deal from Budget Rent a Car for an economy car. “would you like a mustang convertible? No extra charge..” Budget Michael asked. We couldn’t say yes fast enough. “it is brand new. Only 1000 miles. We have red or red.” he smiled.
We had a couple hours before we had to “work”. The cruise for us was work…we are doing wedding pictures. We took our break time to take our mustang out for a ride. Let me tell you something….there is something to be said for the feeling of the sun on your shoulders and the wind in your hair. I tied my scarf around my head…feeling a bit Thelma and Louise. In that red mustang I fell in love with wind and sun and the ocean. I was trying to think back on my last trip to the Sunshine State. Maybe 1995…
With my hair blowing of course my mind started to race. I am not one of those people who has a crystal clear vision of the future…and until this year I had little to no retirement fund. I knew one thing that day…I wanted one of those cars. And by that I mean I wanted the freedom that is associated with a convertible. I want to be able to just go whenever I please and have the means to do so. Since I have not given much thought about riches or monetary things in life, I have not planned for my new found liking to cars. I can tell you this, I have always had a liking to freedom. The freedom to roam and the freedom to just be myself. I had a wonderful trip..more stories and pics to come!
I have to tell the rest of the story. I wrote this after my first day of vacation..I just couldn’t publish it due to international data availability on the cruise ship. On the way home, I paid for the Mustang in spades. I thought we had a ride from the boat to the airport. Unfortunately that was not the case. We had to wait until this morning when we were back in Florida. After a few unsuccessful attempts to call and $8 in slow Internet charges (dial up anyone?) and an all out-laying-on-my-cabin-floor-hyperventilating (Poor Josh), we figured it would be best to call in the morning. Let me tell you this, Budget charged us $50 for a ONE hour rental (we paid $25 on the way there). Luckily there were five of us to split the cost. Did I mention that was for an Economy rental? We were told an Economy rental would be something like a Honda Civic….not a FIAT. Five people, their luggage and carry-ons in a FIAT is not smart..nor comfortable. (Reference: National Lampoons European vacation..enough said). Since we had to hurry to get to the airport (thanks to Budget running ONE shuttle from the cruise to their site and the long lines). The whole rental car process took one hour. (did I mention we preregistered?) So as I used my sprint to the plane to stretch out my legs that had been cramped from riding thirty five minutes in a Fiat with my suitcase, carry-on and Josh’s bag in my lap, I couldn’t help but think a little bit of riches would have gone a long way in this situation.