Tuesday, April 3, 2018

After the snowstorm....

I was expecting the snow to look like this when I woke up.  However, most of yesterday's storm bypassed us, and we got only a dusting.  This doesn't mean that the storm wasn't bad.  Other places South of me got much more than a dusting, and some schools had late openings.

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The return date of my car was uncertain when I got up this morning. It didn't make sense to check in again, as I had no reason to make a call when I was told that I'd be called when the car is ready (likely Thursday or Friday).  Therefore, I made my plans with the idea that I'd be driving the loaner car until Friday or Saturday. I felt awkward about driving the loaner car any distance because of the greater risk of getting into a minor fender bender, since there was no paperwork showing that I had a right to be operating the vehicle. So my plans didn't include driving to places such as Long Island until my car was returned to me.  

If I had to fill the loaner car's gas tank up again, I'm not sure if I'll be going to any one of the Mobil stations I use.  The Speedpass app I'd be using isn't working. And I've been in contact with Exxon-Mobil regarding this:

Tried to use Speedpass app for first time. 

My Mobil card I'd registered.
Scanned QR code at pump, then got authorization message then said ok.
No activity at pump to say ready to fuel car.
Am I doing something wrong, or is it the pump?

Thank you for taking the time to contact Exxon Mobil.
We are sorry to hear that you have experienced difficulty using the Speedpass+ application.
In order to further review the issue you encountered, please respond to this e-mail with answers to the following questions:

· What e-mail address is registered on your Speedpass+ account?
· At which site(s) did this error occur?
· At what date/time did you attempt to use the app?

Site: 430 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Email: Marian.Johnson@email.com
Time: 9:30 am, Saturday, March 17

Dear Marian,
Reference #: 123456

Thank you for reply.

We are sorry to hear that you have experienced difficulty using the Speedpass+ application.
Please be advised that we have sent a request to our technical team for further investigation. We will notify you once their investigation has been completed.

I don't know when I'll hear from them next. They had a good thing with their RFID dongle one could attach to a key chain. But more and more people carry their cell phones everywhere, and it made sense to generate an app which could be used in place of the dongle.  One problem - it doesn't work right for me.  So until I get the resolution I want, I'll be buying my gas elsewhere.

As I was getting ready to get showered and dressed, the dealership called - my car was ready.  Although my wallet would never be ready, I went over, dropped off the loaner, paid the bill, and drove home in my car.  It felt good to have a car I could "live in" again.

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Once home, I picked up my tax forms and drove to my accountant.  It's been a year since I've seen her, and I was able to park in the driveway next to her office.  (Luckily, it was the driveway used by her employee, so I didn't have to worry about blocking the spot.)  We chatted for a while, and she had some questions regarding my paperwork.  Since I couldn't answer the questions regarding the profit and loss sheet for the family home rental we run as a business, I gave her the information on how to contact my brother to get answers before leaving to see my dad in the nursing home.

It didn't take me long to reach the nursing home. And my dad and I spoke for the better part of 90 minutes before he started to get tired. This timing was almost perfect, as I was able to get on the expressway, cross the bridge, and make it onto a Northbound parkway in Westchester before the worst of the Friday night rush began.

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After taking a little time to relax, I drove down to game night.  While driving down, Lili and I chatted, and she expressed a desire to have GFJ attend her son's wedding with me in Marian Mode.  (I know GFJ enough to know that this is a non-starter for her.) But I humored Lili a bit.  Instead, I think my wedding guest will likely be either my niece or the Cat Lady. (If the Cat Lady, I have to make sure that GFJ doesn't bother coming down ahead of time.) I intend to have a good time, and it would be nice to have someone with me who could also have a good time - with me in Marian Mode.

I reached Yonkers in time to play the first round of games.  Several people bailed out because of the expected parking problems, but it was easier to park on the street than expected. It was a fun night, and it ended too soon....


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