Husband, Saturday afternoon: “Will you follow me up to the Car Wash so I can drop off my car to be detailed?”
Wife: “You really want to do this today? You know we’re having friends over for dinner. New friends. I could use some help getting ready.”
Husband: “It will only take 2 hours to detail the car. They can do it now.”
Wife: “Ok, I can go right now.” She adjusted her mental schedule. The cake she was baking – a new recipe – could hold for a half hour.
Back home 15 minutes later, she started making the orange puree, thinking it was odd to boil oranges with skins on and then puree the entire fruit. But that’s what the recipe called for.
2 Hours Later
Wife: “Wow, its pouring rain. I hope our new friends don’t run into trouble on the road.”
Husband: “They will be fine.”
Wife: Oh, the Car Wash called. Your car is ready. I have time right now to take you over there.”
A half hour later, she wondered what was keeping her husband. She called his cell.
Husband: “The ignition is broken. The key is jammed in the ignition. I called for a tow truck.”
An Hour and a Half Later
Husband: “Still waiting for the tow truck. They said another 20 minutes. Its pouring.”
Wife: “Look up. There’s a rainbow.”
Husband: “Thanks, I really need a rainbow today. I’ll call you when the tow truck gets here.”
One Hour Later
The flourless orange cake is in the oven. The chocolate molten cake batter is prepped and in the fridge. Husband is prepping lamb chops for the grill. Wife is prepping potatoes and asparagus to roast. Guests are due to arrive in a half hour.
Dinner is fun. New friends are delightful. Plans are made to get together again.
Husband, at the car rental store: “Just drop me off. The mechanic says the car should be ready Wednesday. It should cost about $500 to fix the ignition. I’ll rent a car until Thursday just in case.”
Friday Afternoon, about 4:00
Husband: “The mechanic says the car will be ready by 5:00. Will you please go pay the bill and pick up the keys?”
Wife, about 5:00: “I have the keys. I couldn’t lock the door. The key wouldn’t turn in the lock. Oh, it cost $1,200. They had to replace the ignition and battery. I don’t know what else they did.”
Friday Night, very late, after husband’s bi-weekly poker game
Husband: “One of the guys drove me to the car rental store and I dropped off the rental. Then he took me to pick up my car.”
Wife, sleepily: “I’m sorry I asked you to get your car detailed.”
We are in the process of drafting a letter to the Car Wash. We believe the technician who detailed the car turned the key too hard damaged the ignition. To make matter worse, one of the windows was rolled down and without the ignition turned on, we couldn’t roll it up again. And, it rained all week. All in all, a $200 car detail cleaning cost us about $1,600 including 5 days of car rental. We hope the Car Wash does the right thing and reimburses us. For now, the name of the Car Wish will remain anonymous.