Rear Ended in a Rental Car in California

I was visiting my sister during my Spring Break in March. At the time, she lived in Los Angeles and was going to school at USC. Since my sister didn’t have a car, I rented one at the airport, and we drove all over LA in a new forest green Dodge Neon. The La Brea Tar Pits; NBC Studios; Disneyland; we were going some place new every day.

We were on our way to Universal Studios when it happened. USC is close to some neighborhoods that are a little dicey. We were sitting at a stop light and all of sudden felt a jolt. Someone had rear-ended us!

I was so mad. Couldn’t he see the red light? Didn’t he see that we were completely stopped? What was wrong with that idiot? I was swearing like a truck driver.

However, I was also scared. What if we were getting carjacked? I didn’t want to get out of the car, either.

I didn’t have much time to think about it, fortunately. Just a couple of minutes after we were hit, a motorcycle cop pulled up next to us. He told me he had seen the whole thing, and then he went to talk to the driver of the car that hit us. Not long afterward, a tow truck came to take the other car away. The driver had a suspended license and was driving illegally. Our rental car was dinged up a little, but not badly.

The police officer handed me a police report, and then we were on our way, for another sunny LA day.

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The next time I visited my sister, I rented a white Chevy Malibu. We drove up the coast to San Francisco. Somewhere in wine country, we were stopped in a long line of traffic. Suddenly we felt a jolt…someone had rear ended us AGAIN!

This time, however, there was no need to call the cops. An older man stepped out of the car, apologized profusely, and there was no damage done. But I couldn’t believe I had been rear ended again!

This summer, Ed and I are planning a family trip to California, and we’re renting a car…


How to Have a Successful Spring Break at Home

We are smack dab in the middle of our Spring Break. Instead of going somewhere warm, we stayed home in cold Illinois. But is that stopping us from having fun?

Of course not!

Having my sister visit us from California has helped our Spring Break fun! We made her bundle up and go outside with us. There are two neat nature centers in our area. First, we checked in on the 100 year old alligator snapping turtle at the Grove in Glenview. They also have an little rescued skunk that we were able to pet. Her name is Cora, and she is just adorable!

The next day, we dragged my sister to the River Trail Nature Center to see the rangers feed the animals. Also on the agenda: a trip to the Lincolnshire Marriott Theater to see Alice in Wonderland, followed by lunch at Big Bowl!

And a trip to the playground? Yes, please!

What have you been up to this Spring?