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It is Friday the 13th...

The good part is, I've made it to Boise. Actually, most of the trip was smooth. I managed a seat change for the Atlanta-Denver leg out of a middle seat to an aisle. No screaming babies. Flights on time, so I had time to wander a little in Denver to explore Concourse B (new to me except for stopping at the center food area on the way to C), got lunch to carry on the plane, and hiked down to the commuter plane area on the end. Baggage was prompt, the rental car clerk was helpful about adding Krissi as a driver when she gets here tomorrow (I can pull into the rental car lot and tell them I'm picking someone up, avoiding airport parking), and hotel clerk was good about changing the reservation to one night, skip a night, then return Sunday for a 5-night stay tax-exempt. She thinks she even set it up so I'll keep the same room--great, because I like the location of this one.

The temperature is 104 ("feels like 100"), but that's OK.

No, the bad part was the beginning. While looking for a space in the parking deck at the Atlanta airport, I saw a puff of steam/smoke at the hood of my car. And then another. And then saw the engine temperature was at max. I hurriedly grabbed a space and opened the hood--no surprise, there's a radiator or hose leak. It was too dim (and I'm no mechanic) to spot the exact point of the leak, and besides I had a plane to catch. I figure the only thing to do is call AAA when I get back and deal with it then--don't know if it will be possible to figure out an emergency patch to get me home (35 miles), or if I'll have to get a tow to a repair shop. On Friday afternoon, late. Well, at least the radiator will be nice and cool by then...

But that's for next week. I'm cooling off with some ice water, then will go in search of a store for a cooler, water, and ice for the Craters of the Moon excursion. Next will be dinner someplace--maybe I'll wander in the downtown district and just pick a spot, having failed to get a recommendation out of my local contact. Then I'll figure out my sightseeing for tomorrow before I need to pick up K. at the airport and we head to Twin Falls.

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toraks
Jul. 13th, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC)

Too bad about the car, but sounds great otherwise! Have fun! :-)
(Anonymous)
Jul. 14th, 2007 01:31 am (UTC)
Hon, E-mail me off list, I can provide backup transport if your car is still caput, at least from the MARTA station at Lindbergh, k? NP.

mmegaera
Jul. 14th, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)
Hope the car is an easy fix. Have a wonderful time otherwise!
nlbarber
Jul. 14th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
Thanks! I've been exploring, found a good Chinese restaurant in downtown for dinner (and made my own dim sum: steamed buns and har gow for dinner), and am now going to crash for the night.
spiffikins
Jul. 14th, 2007 03:14 am (UTC)
So sorry to hear about your car!

This reminds me of a friend of mine who had parked her car in the airport parking lot, and then got on a plane for a week long trip home to visit her parents.

As the plane was taking off, she looked out the window to see her car driving down the road - someone had stolen it!

This car was stolen something like 4 times while she had it - it was a piece of junk and people would drive off with it, and then abandon it somewhere, and she'd get it back eventually.

nlbarber
Jul. 14th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
Given that story, maybe a radiator leak isn't so bad!
filkferengi
Jul. 19th, 2007 12:19 am (UTC)
Hi! [waves enthusiastically]

Remember, I'm right near the airport & have a very flexible schedule. I can pick you up, run you home, whatever. If you don't have my phone number, let me know, & I'll email it to you.

Meanwhile, have a big time! [chug-a-lug!]
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