Thursday, April 30, 2009

Wife in Chicago Tribune Today

Here's a link to the story online.

You'll have to stop in to your neighborhood 7-11 and pick up the print version to see the pictures. If you do, make sure you buy at least 150 copies, because the Trib needs money.

In the article, I'm referred to as an Internet marketing director, which is my Standard Answer to the "so, what do you do?" question, the one I give when I don't want to explain about email and spam fighting.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Rogers Park

Kate and I rented a car for a long weekend drive to Minneapolis and back. Looking online, I found that there is a new Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Rogers Park, at 6816 N Clark Street (between Pratt and Farwell).

When making the reservation online, I found that I couldn't include the damage waiver and liability insurance in the online quote. This isn't that uncommon, as it seems that most rental companies don't allow you to include that in the online quote. This bothers me, though, because the insurance is an amorphous blob of a cost center, something they can puff up the price of at the counter to see if you're paying attention. (At least, that's been my experience in the past.) I wouldn't even utilize the insurance, but now that I have no car, why have car insurance? So, I use the car rental company's insurance when renting a car. Not cheap, but still cheaper than owning a car.

Doing my research onlilne, I found that Budget's online quotes can include insurance if desired, so I quoted it out via Budget as well, figuring that if I didn't like what I was hearing at the Enterprise counter, I'd walk and head on down to Budget instead.

Thankfully, that turned out not to be necessary. Enterprise called me an hour before my reservation, confirmed everything, and at my request, quoted me an updated price that included the damage waiver and liability insurance. (The full cost turned out to be much lower than Budget, too, even accounting for insurance.)

They provided me with a PT Cruiser, which is one of those many cars that I would never buy for myself, but it worked fine, and it was in very good shape. Very happy with it.

Long story short, next time we need to rent a car for an out-of-town trip, I'll go with Enterprise again.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Gizmodo: Thanks, but no thanks.

Tis a shame that Gizmodo doesn't get any sort of active feedback when I unsubscribe from their RSS feed, as I've done today. I'm a long time reader of their blog, but they've gone overboard today. The site is completely unreadable, and the posts are filled with crap and/or fake, made up stuff. I know it's April Fool's day, but it's just not funny. One joke (maybe) is funny. Screwing up a large, active site entirely for a whole day is lame.

So, goodbye, Gizmodo. You've been removed from my RSS reader.

And thank you, Engadget, for not doing the same thing.