Shitty old rainy day in LA today. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen more than just a trickle of water in the famous “LA river” .. the large concrete channels they have all the car chases in in the movies. There was a heap of water in there today.
Big morning ... had to drive from Bell (where we are staying) to Universal Studios to drop off Danni, as she was going there with Olli-Miko and Ari from Finland. Pinballers from around the world unite! Looks like they’re braving the rain ok ...
THEN we had to drive all the way down to Gardena to unload the pinball and arcade at the shipping place.
THEN we had to go to Fox rent a car to drop off the Caravan before 12, as they only rent for a max of 30 days. Fox are douches by the way - the car deal was good, but their service was terrible and the desk guys were really aggressive in the upsell. The last thing you need when you get off a 15 hour trip to America is some dick telling you you HAVE TO buy the extra insurance at $20 a day even when you already have it in your prepaid rental. Just skimming their commission.
I couldn’t get an answer on the phone a week ago after 30 mins waiting to try and arrange an extension - also sent them an email a week ago, no reply as yet. Up yours Fox!
THEN we had to get to Alamo to get a car for the remaining 3 days. Alamo are the go-to at LAX - good rates, and you just take whatever car you want from their garage. Always an upgrade. This trip I wanted a Mini van though, I’m case I found a pin, and Fox were $500 less than anyone else, so we went that way.
Amazingly, all went to plan, despite the horrendous LA traffic. Dropped off the Caravan at 12:03pm - nice!
Nothing much else to do in the rain, so Fiona and I came to the movies at City Walk to wait for Danni. We will meet them all at 6, going to plan.
PS - this is how you cram 4 weeks of miscellaneous toy purchases and spray cans and tools and heavy pinball parts inside a 1979 pinball machine. I got more in there after I took the photo!
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