I flew to Salt Lake City this weekend to give presentations at a conference hosted by the Utah Chapter of the Association of Personal Historians. Before leaving California, I went online to Expedia to rent a car for the four days I would be in Utah. I picked out a cheap, no-frills compact offered by Budget and clicked through the various options until I came to the place where I had to “commit.” The screen stated my total bill would be $37.00. Yep, I thought the same thing you’re thinking, so I clicked out of the agreement and started over. I chose the same little car and navigated through the prompts that took me once again to the “commit” page. Same result…$37. Puzzled, but intrigued, I tapped the red agreement box, figuring I’d hear about the fine print I missed when I got to the airport rental agency.
After a great flight and an on-time arrival, I hauled my suitcase over to the Budget counter and handed my confirmation receipt to the blonde behind the desk. She tapped a few keys on her computer, while I waited for the other shoe to drop. She looked up, smiled, and confirmed that I had sealed the deal at $37. When I ased the reason for my good fortune, she explained they had a huge inventory at the airport and were trying to get cars on the road. It sounded odd to me, too, but I wasn’t going to quibble. She then excused herself for a moment and told me to hold tight. I did, thinking she was going to fetch her supervisor to unravel the deal.
Instead, she returned with keys in hand and a big grin on her face. “How would you feel if we gave you a MUSTANG CONVERTIBLE instead of the compact you originally selected? Same price.” How would I feel? “Pretty darn great!” I told her.
And so I walked to the parking garage and saw my Little Blue Beauty glinting in the rays of the fluorescent overhead lights, just waiting to make my weekend here in Utah. Sometimes, for no particular reason, heaven smiles down on us and gives US something to smile about. I’ll take it when I can get it.
PS: Notice the beautiful fall aspens behind LBB. It’s gorgeous here. The fall colors are almost at season peak–but not quite. Heaven has more smiling to do!